Mayor Michael Ell
Michael Ell and his wife Ellen have lived in Strathmore for 35 years. Together they raised a son while living here. Michael worked in private business and the public service for over 40 years before retiring.
He has volunteered on boards and been involved in community activities. Michael is proud of the community and the citizens of Strathmore.
Michael was elected October 21, 2013, Mayor of Strathmore. Town Council appointed Michael to represent council and the citizens on the committees and the boards of Community Futures Wild Rose, Financial Audit and the Calgary Regional Partnership. He also sits as an ex-officio member of all committees.
During his tenure, he plans to meet with all town committees. He wants open communications with our citizens.
Michael supports the business community and encourages us to explore opportunities for growth and prosperity. He will explore opportunities for affordable housing. He will lobby for seniors health care in our town. He wants a safe and healthy environment for all.
As your Mayor, his goal is to make our community better and a future where everyone succeeds.
Councillor Rocky Blokland
Councillor Blokland owns and operates a coffee shop in Town - Rocky's Bakery - so gets lots of feedback from the public. He and his wife Ellie have lived in Strathmore for 10 years. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Some of the main issues that pushed him to run for Council were the need for downtown revitalization, an Economic Development Officer to attract business and industry which would help create jobs and offset taxes. He is also open to working with other levels of government to look at alternate possibilities for the relocation of Highway #1.
He feels that the citizens, no matter what age, need to have access to recreational facilities and that the Town needs to look at more baseball diamonds, availability of ice time, walkways and soccer pitches.
Councillor Pat Fule
Pat Fule has lived and taught high school in Strathmore since the Fall of 1983. He spent many of those years volunteer coaching in Basketball, Volleyball, and Track. He and his wife Debbie have been married since 1985, and Debbie has been a long time teacher at Brentwood Elementary. They have raised two children, Brennen and Breanne, who were schooled in Strathmore and played on various school/club teams.
Brennen played 4 years of University Basketball, and is in his final year of Business. Breanne played 1 year of College Basketball, and is in her last semester of a B.A. degree, and she hopes to teach.
Councilor Fule's focus for this next term of Council, is to continue to work toward reasonable taxes in town, but to also find ways to improve the town. He'd like to see continued efforts at beautifying the town with parks and trees, as well as continued efforts to add to the growing paved pathways of Strathmore. He feels it is very important for pathways for health and wellness, as well as for an alternate means of getting around town. New housing areas have to continue to add pathways and greenery for the look and health of Strathmore.
In addition, Strathmore needs to seriously begin efforts to build a new Multi-Use Rec. Complex, and Arena. There are so many residents who could make use of such a facility, and as far as Winter Sports, more residents would not have to practise so much out of town.
The Downtown business area must continue to be supported, and ways need to be found to attract business there, and residents in that area. With the new Downtown Overlay, Strathmore finally has an area designated to be revitalized, with certain styles of businesses and residential properties, that will improve the appearance of Downtown.
We must also find a way to deal with the 500 + acres South of Highway #1. We need to find a way to market the lands, yet allow for future needs in schools and recreation sites. Hopefully, the Town can find a way to effectively deal with these available lands.
Lastly, our Seniors need to be taken care of, and we have to address the empty wing of the hospital, since our Extended Care patients have left. We have to lobby the Province to ensure they will financially support our busy hospital, so that wing will not remain empty, but be of use to our town and area.
Councillor Denise Peterson
Denise Peterson and her husband Roger Nelson have lived in Strathmore for more than 30 years. Together they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Denise has been a teacher (10 years) and administrator (20 years) for Golden Hills School Division and is currently on secondment to the Siksika Board of Education. In the Spring of 2014 she will complete a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Inclusive Leadership.
During her years in Strathmore Denise has dedicated her time to community building through starting the Strathmore Storefront School and the Sequoia Outreach School in Gleichen, and through more than 20 years of coaching volleyball and fastball. She has sat on the Wheatland Family Community Supports Services Board, The Wheatland Housing Authority, the appointed Board for the Redesign of Provincial Children's Services and the Hearthstone Child and Family Services Board.
Denise is devoted to building a family-friendly affordable community. Of greatest importance is her promise to ensure that the needs and concerns of seniors, now and into the future, are heard through the creation of a Senior's Advisory Council. She is also steadfast in her commitment to building a collaborative government that works with our County, the Siksika Nation and our neighboring municipalities, so as to benefit all citizens.
At the October 15, 2014 Organizational meeting Denise was appointed to represent the Town of Strathmore on the Strathmore Municipal Library Board and the Marigold Library Board, WADEMSA and the Strathmore Regional Arts Collaboration. She is looking forward to serving her community over the next 4 years
Councillor Bob Sobol
At the age of 19, Bob left his home town of Montreal, Quebec in 1975 to join the Mounties. After successfully completing his six months of training in Regina, Bob was transferred to Ottawa, where he did Federal Policing for about 20 months. He was successful in his request to "go west" - and even had his wish to be transferred to Southern Alberta granted....getting posted to Cardston. In 1981, he was moved to Sherwood Park where he and his wife Gina had three children (Denise, Jonathan and Thomas). In 1989, Bob was promoted to Cpl., and transferred to Fairview (Peace River area), where he served as the Operational NCO for 12 years.
In 2000, he was again promoted (Sgt.) and moved to Calgary (Traffic Services). He was living in Airdrie when he decided to retire from the RCMP (having served 30 years), and wanted to open a coffee shop. In 2003, that dream was fulfilled when he opened the Boulevard Café (Crystal Ridge) in Strathmore, which also resulted in his move to this community. After selling the restaurant in 2005, Bob started doing some contract work for the RCMP (Recruiting and Personnel Security), and continues that work to this day.
In 2007, however, he became quite interested in Municipal politics, and decided to run for office (as a Councillor). He considers himself humbled to have won a council seat not only in that year, but in 2010 and 2013 as well. Bob enjoys being active in the way Strathmore grows, and sees great potential for this Town.
As an RCMP retiree, he was afforded the opportunity to go anywhere in Canada (retirement move), and chose Strathmore. The town's amenities and "good-hearted spirit" of its citizens convinced him that this is where he should be living!
Councillor Brad Walls
403-324- 4136 (email@example.com)
Brad and his wife Chantel have 2 kids and are raising them in this vibrant community . He was born and raised in the Strathmore area on a farm, just north of Strathmore. He went from kindergarten to grade 12 here. He enjoys volunteering to make Strathmore an even better place to live. In Grade 6, he won the Carl Sorenson Citizenship Award and his volunteering efforts in the community have not stopped. He has aspirations of taking his political career in to provincial politics.
His background is farming, insurance professional, 9-1-1 Operator/Dispatcher and currently an instructor for Global Training Centre. He is energetic and always willing to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.
His goals are to ensure the citizens have a voice on council and he continually works for the betterment of the community!
Please feel free to call, e-mail, Tweet @Brad_Walls or Facebook at Brad Walls- Town Councillor.
Councillor Steve Grajczyk
Steve has lived in Strathmore for thirty seven years. He has two children and 3 wonderful grandchildren.
In the past he has owned and operated two small businesses successfully in Strathmore and also worked in commercial investment real estate for thirty five years where he gained a wealth of knowledge in that field. For ten years he was the general manager and president of the Strathmore Ag. Society.
Over the years he has belonged to various committees and was a volunteer on many boards in Strathmore. He served as president and board member for the Strathmore Minor Hockey for two years, and belonged to the Strathmore Kinsmen Club where he was selected Sportsman of the Year. Currently, he is a volunteer with the up-coming 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games.
Steve has been fortunate enough to have travelled to many places in Canada and abroad and seeing and interacting with people in different areas is an education in itself.
In the past 30 years with his participation and involvement in the community, it has given him a good insight as to the needs and direction that best serves the growth of the community. We must also encourage cooperation and respect for our rural neighbours who shop and enjoy amenities in our Town. We must also advocate for the seniors as they are the ones who built our community. He would also like to continue to make improvements to our parks, pathways and recreational facilities.
As well as continuing improvements of our streets and infrastructure, while keeping costs in mind. He is very familiar with our ongoing storm water issues, which could become very expensive for the Town tax payers.
8 May 2017
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