Welcome to East Ferris!
The Municipality of East Ferris includes the communities of Corbeil (situated along Hwy 17 East and Hwy 94), Astorville (on the south-western tip of Lake Nosbonsing) and Derland (bordering with the Municipaltiy of Callander). East Ferris is located next to the City of North Bay and has a population of over 4,800 residents.
On behalf of my colleagues, Council, and Staff, I am pleased to welcome you to our community, East Ferris. I am confident that visitors, residents and businesses alike will derive great value from visiting, living and working in East Ferris.
Mayor Bill Vrebosch
Bill Vrebosch - Mayor
A personal message from the Mayor
Welcome to East Ferris…
As the Mayor, Reeve and Deputy Reeve of East Ferris since 1978, I have been fortunate to have observed the evolution of our township from a mainly rural setting, to a semi-urban community. East Ferris includes the two hamlets of Astorville and Corbeil. Even with the population growth and expansion, we have been able to retain our "country" and "neighborliness" atmosphere.
East Ferris is a great place to live, visit, or start a business. Our bilingual history and traditions are alive and well throughout the year at events such as our parish picnics, our winter carnival, and the many social events.
This website will become a storehouse of information for residents and visitors alike and will develop a vital link between you and our different entities such as social groups and our own municipal council. News is difficult to disseminate in rural areas, so this site should fill a vital communication gap.
Regular Council Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. They are held in Corbeil at the Corbeil Park Hall starting at 7:00 P.M. Our Municipal Office is open daily, Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
My wife Gisele (Gravelle) was born and raised in Corbeil. We have raised our four children in East Ferris and are very proud of our strong community involvement over the 30 years we have been married.
It has been a pleasure for me to have represented East Ferris during the last 27 years. You may reach me at 705-752-1304.
Pauline Rochefort - Deputy Mayor
Pauline Rochefort is native of East Ferris. She is a graduate of Laurentian and Ottawa universities. She has worked with numerous communities across the country and she brings her extensive business knowledge. She has served in both the private and public sector and has been active with many community organizations and boards of directors.
Since retiring in 2012, Pauline has become more active in her community, her parish St-Thomas d’Aquin and she has joined the Board of Directors of “Centre de Formation Linguistique du Nipissing”. Pauline is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys the many recreational and leisure activities available in East Ferris.
Michel Voyer - Councillor
Michel has been a resident of East Ferris all his life. He retired from a family business, Voyer General Store in 2011 which has been in in the family since 1928.
My wife Lucille and I have two boys, Mike JR (wife Erika), and Stephane (wife Audrey) and five beautiful grandchildren. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and Vice President of the Senior Villa of East Ferris. I also serve on the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, the Planning Advisory Committee and the Public Work Committee.
Rick Champagne - Councillor
Rick has been living in this vibrant community for the better part of his life. He is involved in the community and cares about its continued growth. He owns and operates Rick Champagne Construction and East Ferris Auto Sales in Corbeil. Rick is a proud father and grandfather. He has volunteered his time and services to many local organizations. Rick is a member of the; Parks and Recreation Committee (three years chair), District Health Unit / Finance Committee / Property and Personnel for twelve years, 3 years municipal representative, Knights of Columbus, provincial appointee for the District Health Unit. Rick also sits on the O.G.R.A. (Ontario Good Roads Association) Board of Directors.
Terry Kelly - Councillor
Terry Kelly is a retired self-employed businessman. He has served on a wide variety of municipal committees including, but not limited to: Planning Advisory Committee, Committee of Adjustment, Parks and Recreation Committee, Protection to Persons and Property Committee and the Economic Development Committee. Terry is a Director of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) representing 10 municipalities in the Nipissing District. He is also FONOM's representative on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization Committee.
Terry is an active 17 year veteran of the East Ferris Volunteer Fire Department and teaches 2 fitness classes per week for seniors in our community through the VON. Terry has been [resident of the East FErris Fitness Centre since its inception over 14 years ago.