Bill Vrebosch, Director
Bill is currently a Councillor for the City of North Bay and sits as Vice Chair of the General Government and Budget Committees.
He is a well-known and well-respected advocate for municipalities at the provincial level, both with politicians and policy-makers. Over his 40-plus years in municipal politics, he’s sat as the Northern representative for the ROMA Board and the Rural Caucus with AMO. Along the way, he’s built a strong reputation for being able to approach anyone at Queen’s Park, bringing forward his decades of experience and wealth of knowledge to current issues facing municipalities, particularly those that uniquely impact communities in Northern Ontario.
Bill was born and raised in the City of North Bay. His wife Gisele (Gravelle) was born and raised in Corbeil. They have been married for 41 years. Bill and Gisele have 4 children, Lisa, Louise, Billy and Tanya.
Gisele worked in the family business, Gravelle’s Meat Market, for almost her entire life. Bill told Gisele that 5 years after they were married that he would run for politics in some capacity. In 1976, 5 years after they were married, Bill ran for council in East Ferris where he topped the polls and became the first Deputy Mayor for East Ferris. He went on to succeed Paul Rochefort as Mayor and continued as Mayor and Deputy Mayor in East Ferris for over 40 years.
Bill worked in banking and finance prior to joining the Nipissing District Catholic School Board. He taught music to over 17,000 kids in the Nipissing District over 30 years.
You may also have known Bill with his band Bill Vrebosch and the Descendants of Tyme. They produced records called Cara Mia and Duke the Toque (North Bay Winter Carnival Theme Song).
Bill’s grandfather and father, worked for the TNO and ONR since the 1900s. They lived in the East End of North Bay where Bill grew up.
Bill has a University Degree in Social Sciences and Population Geography.
Before living in Corbeil, Bill and Gisele lived in North Bay in West Ferris. Bill understands what it means to work hard. He worked his full time job as a teacher, took courses towards his degrees and then worked 6 nights a week with his band in order to make a living to support his wife and children.
Over 40 years of Royal Canadian Legion Membership
Listed as a Veteran with over 7 years of service with the Two Field Engineers Military Reserves
One of the founding members of the Nipissing Country Music Association and Singing Contest
Member of the North Bay Country Music Association Hall of Fame and the North Bay Hall of Recognition
Played old timer fastball for many years
Called the first meeting of the East Ferris Golden Age Club and because of his work in East Ferris has had Bill Vrebosch Children’s park named after him
The population of East Ferris grew from 1,800 people to well over 5,000 during his term on council with East Ferris
Bill has always worked hard to make people feel comfortable with contacting him if they have a problem or a suggestion. His philosophy has always been “Politicians aren’t your enemy, we’re here to go to meetings, study issues, get advice and make decisions on your behalf. I have always been guided by my conscience. That’s why I’ve always worked using principles such as honesty, integrity and fiscal responsibility as my guide.”