The people of Pelham first elected Dave Augustyn as the Town’s youngest Mayor and Niagara’s youngest Regional Councillor in November 2006. Confident in his leadership ability, his energetic style and his commitment to always serving the best interests of Pelham, he was reelected in both 2010 and 2014. Now after 12 years of steadfast service, Dave stands as Pelham’s longest serving mayor.
Through Dave’s dedicated and energetic service, the Town grew and improved dramatically. Over the past 12 years Pelham has become known as a prosperous and compassionate community. (Please see Accomplishments for more info.)
Citizens of Pelham have come to appreciate Dave’s approachable, accessible and responsive leadership. His online journal, (410 blogposts to date) has provided the people of Pelham with up to date information about community issues and business. Collaboration with the community has consistently been part of his leadership style resulting in the achievement of numerous common goals.
Dave has earned his reputation of being a prepared, engaged, and hardworking municipal leader, taking the time to thoroughly review background material, ask the tough questions, and make mindful decisions
Prior to Elected Service:
Dave worked as a professional fundraiser and helped raise millions of dollars to assist abused women and their children at Women’s Place (now Gillian’s Place), hospital patients at Hotel Dieu and the St. Catharines General hospitals, victims of Alzheimer disease at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara, and students in need at the University of Waterloo.
Dave holds a Political Science Degree from the University of Waterloo (Co-op) and worked for two years at Queen’s Park. He graduated from St. Alexander School and Notre Dame College School.
Dave and his wife of 23 years – Carol Berkhout – grew up in the Niagara Peninsula and live in Fenwick with their two teenaged children. They are members of and volunteers at St. Ann’s Church.