Clark Somerville, FCM Past-President
Clark Somerville is a Local/Regional Councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region, ON. He has served on council for more than 18 years. While growing up on a farm near Acton, ON, Councillor Somerville saw first-hand the value that agricultural and rural areas play in the vitality of our communities. His wards encompass urban and rural areas, and as a result Councillor Somerville has continuously advocated for protecting countryside and the Niagara Escarpment from being designated for future highway corridors and growth areas.
The councillor has served as a member of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Chair of Halton's Health and Social Services Committee, Vice President of the Halton Community Housing Corporation and a variety of other committees.
He has worked with various community groups such as Poverty Free Halton, and has been an advocate for accessible and affordable housing. He has supported transit passes for low income earners and worked to ensure that all official plans have inclusive neighbourhoods and affordable housing options.
Councillor Somerville has been a member of FCM's Board of Directors and Ontario Caucus for five years. He has vice-chaired the Rural Forum and chaired the Housing Subcommittee, and has vice-chaired the Standing Committee on Social Economic Development. He was instrumental in founding the "Men4Women" Group that annually raises money for the Mayor Andree P. Boucher Memorial Scholarship.