Red Deer is my home. I have lived on the same street in Michener Hill all of my life. Seven generations of my family have lived in our community.
Being a life -long resident means that I know a lot about Red Deer – how it has developed over the years, what the community is like today, and what the City’s assets, issues and concerns are likely to be as we move ahead into the future. I have written several books about our community as well as hundreds of weekly newspaper columns.
I have always tried to make a positive contribution to our community. I have been very active with many different groups and projects. For example, I was an advisor during the development of Red Deer’s Waskasoo Park System. I was the last elected chair of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Board. I helped to found the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation, served on the STARS (Central Region) Capital Campaign Committee and am currently a member of the Twilight Homes Foundation.
I am grateful for the many honours I have received over the years – Red Deer Citizen of the year in 2014, recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Alberta Centennial medals, recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs commendation for work with veterans, named a Hidden Hero by the Third Academy for work with students with learning disabilities, named Alberta Citizen of the Year by the Council on School Administration for work with local schools, inductee in the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High Hall of Fame and the first recipient of the Red Deer College Distinguished Alumnus Award. I was voted Red Deer’s Most Beloved Citizen by the readers of the Red Deer Express on several occasions, including this year (2017).
I have just retired after 38 years as Red Deer’s archivist and historian. I still have the energy and commitment, and will now have the time, to devote myself even more to serving our community and to helping to make it a better place.
It would be a great honour to be elected to serve you on Red Deer City Council. I promise to work hard – to listen carefully and responsively to voters’ issues and concerns. I am committed to strict fiscal discipline in the spending of taxpayers’ money. I am committed to true public accountability.
Those are my platform keystones – true public accountability, strict discipline on spending, more crime prevention and control, and maintenance/enhancement of the many assets of our community such as the public parks and trails system.
I hope that I can earn your support on Election Day on October 16.
FIFTH GENERATION RESIDENT
- Family has lived in Red Deer and Pine Lake for more than 100 years
- Has lived on the same street in Michener Hill for more than 60 years
WRITER / COLUMNIST
- Author of five books on Red Deer and Central Alberta history, including Red Deer The Memorable City, now in its fourth printing
- Weekly columnist for the Red Deer Express
- Member of the Red Deer East Rotary Club
- Member of the Twilight Homes Foundation
- Former member and past deputy mayor of a municipal council
- Former chair of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Board
- Former trustee, David Thompson Health Region
- Advisor during the development of Red Deer’s Waskasoo Park System
- Founding member, Friends of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre Association
- Red Deer Citizen of the Year 2014
- Recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Alberta Centennial Medal for contributions to the community
- First recipient of the Red Deer College Distinguished Alumnus Award
- Awarded the Minster of Veterans Affairs Commendation for work with veterans
- Named Alberta Citizen of the Year by the Council on School Administration for work with local schools
- Voted Red Deer’s Most Beloved Citizen by the readers of the Red Deer Express.
Vote for Michael on October 16