David T. Thwaites

Mr. Thwaites has been a lawyer since 1981. His law practice has involved family and civil litigation, estate litigation, employment law, personal injury litigation, criminal defence, municipal and not-for-profit law. His practice of family law has historically involved representation at all levels of Court, but as of 2012 will focus on resolution in alternate forms of dispute resolution.

His experience includes representation in the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal together with advocacy at the Ontario Municipal Board and other regulatory bodies.

Mr. Thwaites had lived in the County of Dufferin since 1981, residing since 2007 in the Township of Melanchthon with his spouse, Nancy.

He has served over the years in various capacities both on the local scene and abroad. He coached with Orangeville Little League Baseball and Orangeville Minor Hockey for many years. He has been active within his Church community serving as a youth leader and in Church governance roles and been active in service. He presently attends Trinity United Church in Shelburne. He has served in past as a lay Chaplain at Headwaters Hospital, and as a member of the Board of Birthright and presently as a volunteer at the Shelburne Curling Club and a member of the Bruce Trail Association. He volunteered in 1997 as part of the Red River Flood Relief effort and has since 1998 served on numerous missions outreach/community building ventures in the Dominican Republic.l

He has, in the service of his profession, served past terms on the Council of the Ontario Bar Association, the Dufferin County Bar Assocation and as a member of the Board of the Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada.



Patricia L. Sproule Ward

Mrs. Ward was admitted to the Bar in 1998. She is a graduate of Orangeville District Secondary School and received her legal education at the University of Windsor (LL B 1986) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy (1983).

After her call to the bar, Patricia joined the firm of Wardlaw Wardlaw Mullin & Carter (as it was then known) becoming a partner in 1999 in Wardlaw Mullin Carter Thwaites & Ward.  Mrs. Ward has enjoyed a solicitors practice with an emphasis on Estates, Wills, Power of Attorney, Real Estate, Municipal and Corporate commercial law.  In the past she has been associated Counsel for the Dufferin Children's Aid Society and four local municipalities.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Ward has been a speaker for various organizations regarding Wills and Estate planning and Not-for-profit law. Shje taught the Real Estate Court for the Institute of Law Clerks throught Georgian College as well as a Buisiness Law Course for them.  Mrs. Ward is a founding member of the Greater Dufferin Area Estate Planning Council.

Mrs. Ward's family has been in Dufferin County since the 1840's. She feels that supporting the community is very important. This has been done not only by supporting various local events but by sharing her time as well.  Mrs. Ward is a past Director and past President of the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of School Councils for Princess Elizabeth School and Orangevill District Secondary School in various capacities for over 15 years, and currently is a member of the Board for the Orangeville Jr. A Lacrosse Club. She was proud to be part of the Dufferin Reads program for 2012.

Mrs. Ward resides in the Town of Mono with her husband Kent and enjoys spending time with their two sons.