Councillor Bernie Jogola
I was born and raised in Mayerthorpe and have lived here for my entire life. I am married to my lovely wife Shelley and have two sons age ten and twelve. Following high school, I attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and received a finance diploma. From there, I started working with West Fraser Mills and progressed through the ranks until I was the Planer Mill Superintendent. I held that role for four years and then moved on to Quality Control. I am honest, loyal, and dedicated. Moving this town forward is my priority in the years to come.
Councillor Pat Hagman
I’m happy to be on Council and look forward to acting on behalf of the citizens to enhance the quality of life here. I am also looking forward to working with the rest of Council and Mayor Patrick as a team, committed to the best interests of our town and our future.
Thank you for your support.
Councillor Jonathan Arseneault
I have had the opportunity to live in many provinces in Canada in my formative years. My parents were both strongly involved in Christian Ministry while raising me and my two sisters. They instilled in me a strong sense of community involvement, service and accountability which have not been forgotten. I first moved to Alberta in March 2006, settling in Grande Prairie Alberta, where I began my working career in the sawmill industry; and then progressed to Biomass Power Generation, where wood waste from sawmills is converted into renewable energy. In Grande Prairie I met my wife Tara and we were married in September 2010. The following year, we moved to Whitecourt for a career opportunity in Biomass Power Generation where I am currently employed as a shift engineer. We began looking for a community to raise our family and call home, and chose Mayerthorpe in March 2012. Since arriving, we have been welcomed by this community, and I am proud to have both my children born and raised here. Our family has been actively involved in the community through various functions; most recently the re-establishment of the farmers market, and by consistently choosing to support local businesses. I am proud to call Mayerthorpe home, and I am committed to the relationships and connections we have formed here. The opportunity to be on Town Council is something I take quite seriously, and I will work hard to listen to all citizens and make decisions as their representative. I believe in the people and businesses of this community, and our bright future together.
Councillor Pat Burns
I was born February 4, 1952 in Edmonton Alberta to Pat and Lil Burns. I went to school in Edmonton until the end of grade six. At this time the family moved to the Sangudo area where I went to school from Grade seven to ten. I transferred to Mayerthorpe from Sangudo and graduated there. I have lived in Mayerthorpe on and off for around thirty years. I have built three homes for myself, my spouse Tiny (Doris) Williams and my 3 kids. I have 4 grandkids as well. I am a journeyman carpenter and have my boiler ticket. I was a gas plant operator for Canadian Occidental Petroleum for 4 1/2 years until they downsized. I have worked as a contract carpenter and plumber for Gemco Industrial Trailer for 16 1/2 years. I have owned and operated my own construction business PTB Contracting for 30 years. I have also worked for the Town of Mayerthorpe installing water meters in the Spring of 2013.
I currently volunteer my time as the Vice President and Membership Chairman for the Wildwood and District Rod and Gun Club. In my spare time I like to hunt, fish, play poker, play pool with the residents at the Pleasant View Lodge and spend time with my Family.
Councillor Sandy Morton
I am a wife and mother who has been happily married for 39 years and my husband Rob and I have one son, Drew. I am a retired teacher of 39 years who worked at a profession I loved! I am a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A. B.Ed.). I taught in Ontario, Africa(Lesotho) and Jasper. Twenty eight of my teaching years were in Sangudo. (David Ovans Elementary School and Sangudo Community School). I have lived in the Sangudo/Mayerthorpe area for 28 years and have been a resident of the town of Mayerthorpe for the last 10 years. I retired in 2014 and have been travelling with my husband, Rob , visiting my son in Vancouver and fitting in some substitute teaching at Elmer Elson. Being a town councillor is definitely a learning curve for me and one that I am very interested in pursuing. The long term welfare of our community is my first priority! I look forward to learning more about representing people of the community, helping to make policies that have been well researched and evaluated and showing stewardship to maintain financial integrity and transparency. I am very interested in keeping the youth in our community and helping encourage young families to stay in our community to raise their children in a safe, progressive town. Another of my passions is in the welfare and interests of seniors as I fall into that category myself and will spend my retirement in Mayerthorpe.
I have many interests and hobbies including travelling, music, reading, writing, boating, camping, loving dogs, live theater, cooking, and gardening. I look forward to the challenge of being a town councillor and hope that my enthusiasm and interest can help make a difference!
Councillor Janet Jabush
Compared to my fellow councillors, I’m a relative newcomer to Mayerthorpe, having moved here in 2006. Darrel, my husband of thirty eight years, and I are proud parents to three amazing kids, all married to wonderful people, and grandparents to eight beautiful grandkids ranging from one to seventeen years old. By day, I’m a health and safety advisor for a Whitecourt construction company. I spend my spare time with family, volunteering, writing safety manuals and reading. During our all to brief summers, I’m an avid motorcycle rider; I live to ride. I’ve enjoyed a varied career path, from my current work in the safety field to real estate to retail and restaurant management. Volunteering “recharges my battery”. It began with sitting on parent council at my kids schools; at one point, I sat on three separate councils, chairing two of them. Past volunteerism also includes thing like the Firefighter World Games in Edmonton, our local Co-op and Victim’s Services Board, Mayerthorpe Economic Development Board, and currently the Goldeye Foundation Society. Mayerthorpe has become my home. I love small town life, both the benefits it offers and the challenges it brings. Five of my eight grandkids and their parents also call Mayerthorpe home. My goal on Council is to help ensure our community has a viable and vibrant future for them and for all families who make their homes here. I look forward to meeting more of our residents and learning how I may best serve the needs of our town. I’ve got lots to learn and I’m eager for the challenge.
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