Town Council

mayor_dunphy_nov_2011_compressedMayor David Dunphy

Chair – Sustainability Committee

Email –

Phone 569-2149

Mayor David Dunphy and his wife Donna have been residents of Stratford since 1984.  During that time, they have witnessed many changes to their community as they raised their three children, Jonathan, Jillian and Abby.

Mayor Dunphy is a UPEI Graduate (BBA) and a Chartered Accountant and has been employed by EastLink for more than 20 years. David is the Business Development Manager for EastLink on PEI.

David has been involved in Municipal Government since 1991 when he was a Councillor and Chair of Finance for the Community of Bunbury. From 2004 to 2006, David was a Councillor in Ward 3 for the Town of Stratford. During which time, David was the Chair of Finance and Administration as well as sitting on other Committees for the Town.

David has been a community volunteer for many organizations and is a past President of the United Way of Prince Edward Island. Other volunteer activities that David has participated in include serving on the Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of PEI, the Economics of Staying in School program – Junior Achievement of PEI, Vice-President of the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Assn. of PEI, Member of the National Board of Directors – Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Assn. of Canada, minor hockey & soccer coach & manager, Cub & Scout Leader and as a participant in many food drives for the local Food Bank.



4x5_Steve_6783Councillor Steve MacDonald, Ward 1, Kelly’s Cove
Chair – Recreation, Culture and Events Committee
Chair – Seniors Complex Management Committee
Vice-Chair – Safety Services Committee

Email –

Phone 569-1502


Councillor Steve MacDonald resides at 47 East River Drive with his wife Sally. Councillor MacDonald served three terms as Councillor for the Community of Bunbury from March 1986 to the time of almalgamation on March 31, 1995; Steve has served as a Town of Stratford Councillor since the town was formed in 1995 – an amazing record of community service!.  Councillor MacDonald’s other activities include: Lions International Service Club; Sherwood/Parkdale Lions Club with 36 years of service in the following positions; served as President,1st,2nd and 3rd Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Zone Chairman; Deputy District Governor and District Chairman; Board of Directors Alzheimer’s PEI; Board Member for 12 years with the Canadian Handicapped Association; Associate Judge for 15 years with Charlottetown Driving Park U.S.T.A.; Board Member for two years with PEI Amateur Boxing Association. Councillor MacDonald’s interests have included harness racing and hockey. He was also the PEI Boxing Bantam Weight Champion for four consecutive years, and the Maritime Boxing Bantam Weight Champion for three consecutive years.



4x5_Emile_6771Councillor Emile Gallant, Ward 1, Kelly’s Cove

Chair – Infrastructure Committee

Vice-Chair – Accountability and Engagement Committee

mail –

Phone 569-5655

Councillor Emile Gallant had a first three year mandate as a Councillor from 2001 to 2004, and he was very happy to return to Council in 2010.  Councillor Gallant was born in Abram Village in western PEI. After completing his high school studies at Evangeline High School he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from the Université de Moncton. Councillor Gallant has been working in the greater Charlottetown area for the past 16 years. He has held positions with the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, Confederation Centre of the Arts, as well as the provincial and federal governments. Councillor Gallant presently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as Senior Program Advisor in the Canada Remembers Division. Councillor Gallant is a member of the Club Richelieu and the Rotary Club of Stratford. His interests include arts and sports and Councillor Gallant and his wife also billet players from the PEI Rocket Hockey Club. Councillor Gallant and his wife Sylvie, who live on Aylward Drive, have two children Rance and Adina, and a new grandson Thomas.



medium_steve_ogdenCouncillor Steve Ogden, Ward 2, Stewart Cove
Chair – Safety Services Committee
Vice-Chair – Planning, Development and Heritage Committee
Email –
Phone 569- 3377

Steve has been a Stratford resident since 1984.  He lives in Beacon Hill with his wife Peggy, two of their three boys, Michael and Scott. His third son, Tom volunteers with the Town but lives in Stanhope.

Prior to amalgamation in 1995, Steve was a member of the Keppoch-Kinlock Council (1986 to 1995). Before being elected to Town of Stratford Council, he was a member of the Town’s Police Committee, Safety Services Committee, Utility Board and Finance Committee.

Steve has been a volunteer in all levels of the Scouting movement, as well as with minor baseball and minor hockey. Involvement with community activities is very important to Steve, second only to his family.  He retired in 2010 after a 36-year career with the federal Government.



4x5_Diane_6760Councillor Diane Griffin, Ward 2, Stewart Cove
Chair – Accountability and Engagement Committee
Vice-Chair – Sustainability Committee
Vice-Chair – Recreation, Culture and Events Committee
Email –
Phone 569-2343


Councillor Griffin is in her third term on the Stratford Council.  Diane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Dunstan’s University, a Master of Science degree from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education degree from UPEI. From 1995 to 2004, Diane served as a Deputy Minister in the PEI Department of Environment and Energy. She has worked as the Executive Director of the Island Nature Trust, the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Province of Alberta and the PEI Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Councillor Griffin is past-chair of the boards of Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian Nature Federation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (PEI) Inc. She served as vice-chair of the Wildlife Habitat Canada Foundation; president of the Natural History Society of PEI and vice-chair of the QEH Foundation. In 1985 she was selected as the Canadian Outdoorsman of the Year and in 1992 received the Douglas Pimlott Award from the Canadian Nature Federation. Councillor Griffin has published numerous articles about nature and is the author of Atlantic Wildflowers, a book published by Oxford University Press. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Rotary.  Diane is the recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the PEI Environment award. Councillor Griffin and her husband Kevin live on East River Drive.



4x5_Gary_6798Councillor Gary Clow, Ward 3, Tea Hill
Deputy Mayor
Chair – Planning, Development and Heritage Committee
Chair – Human Resources Committee
Vice-Chair – Finance and Technology Committee
Email –
Phone 569-3945

Councillor Gary Clow was a career police officer for 30 years in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Councillor Clow and his wife Eileen have two children, a son, Kevin and a daughter, Natalie. Their children are both married and are raising their families in western Canada. Councillor Clow and his wife have lived in Stratford for since 1995. Councillor Clow has coached Minor Hockey in the past and has a great interest in the youth of the community. Councillor Clow participated in various school programs in the elementary and junior high schools. He also served on the Hillsboro Park Community Council from 1976-1984. Councillor Clow is a member of the Knights of Columbus; past board member of Pownal House; past president and Director – Police Association of Nova Scotia. He is currently a police advisor for Crimestoppers, and a board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Councillor Clow also sat on numerous committees which included Crimestoppers; Crime Prevention; PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada; Youth Justice Committee; PEP Committee; the Charlottetown Santa Claus Parade Committee; Seniors Active Living Committee; Operation ID Committee and Education for Impaired Drivers Committee among others.  Councillor Clow volunteers at the Upper Room Food Ministry.



medium_randy_cooperCouncillor Randy Cooper, Ward 3, Tea Hill
Chair – Finance and Technology Committee
Vice-Chair – Infrastructure Committee
Vice-Chair – Human Resources Committee
Email –
Phone 569-2514

Randy Cooper was born and raised in Belfast, P.E.I.. Randy attended Montague Regional High School and Holland College.  Randy has worked in the family retail business in Cooper’s Red & White store in Belfast, with the Town & Country Aquatics Plus in Montague, with Daniel R. Ross Inc. in Belfast and as a Sales Representative with Reddin Equipment here in Stratford. Randy has since worked with Atlantic CAT and is currently President of BRADMAX Inc., a Property Management and Property Development Company located in Charlottetown.

Randy is a member of St. Andrew’s United Church and is an active volunteer of with Stratford Minor Baseball and the Pownal Minor Hockey Association. Randy is a long time resident of Stratford where he is married to Beth Smith Cooper, they have 2 children, Alycia and Dylan.