Meet the Council

Pearl Calahasen

Chair
MLA for Lesser Slave Lake

Ms. Calahasen was elected to Alberta Legislature in 1989, and is the longest serving sitting female in the Alberta and Parliamentary Commonwealth. She is currently appointed to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship. She is the past Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Minister without Portfolio in charge of Children’s Services, and Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations.

Ms. Calahasen has been a champion of Native education programs and is actively involved in community affairs. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Her professional experience includes teaching Grades 1-12, serving as a continuing education co-ordinator at Alberta Vocational College in Lesser Slave Lake (now Northern Lakes College) and working as a private consultant developing and evaluating educational materials.


Williard Strebchuck

Vice Chair
Whitecourt

Williard is an active community member with extensive municipal government experience including former Mayor of Whitecourt and town Councillor. He is a member of local boards, agencies and committees in support of economic and community development including a town and county joint Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Whitecourt Economic Development Committee, Lac St. Anne Foundation, Protective Services (Police Committee), Whitecourt Vitalization Committee, Airport Advisory Committee, Whitecourt Transportation Advisory Committee, Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce and Policies and Priorities Council. Current business owner in Whitecourt with a variety of business interests throughout Alberta.


Brian Allen

Grimshaw

CAO for the Town of Grimshaw, and Mayor of Grimshaw from 2000 to 2013.  Past Owner/Operator of Grimshaw Super A Foods. Extensive experience in local government. Experience with a number of regional organizations...


Peter BrauN

La Crete

Peter has lived in La Crete his entire life and has been a Mackenzie County councillor since 2004. He is active with a number of community organizations, including the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the La Crete Co-op Board and the La Crete Recreation Society. His past work experience includes a total of 20 years as a petroleum agent and manager, first with the La Crete Co-op and then with the United Farmers of Alberta, and 18 years as an owner-operator, first of an automotive parts store and then of a mobile home park and apartment rentals. 


Andre Harpe

Valhalla Centre

Andre has a strong background in agriculture and in the oilfield sectors. He has experience with several governance boards such as STARS, Peace Country Health, Mistahia Health Region and Grande Prairie Regional College. He is an avid volunteer within his community and region. Andre is Chair and has been co-chair with the Valhalla School Foundation which created a charter school based in Valhalla community.


Ken Noskey

Peavine

Ken is the former Chairman of the Peavine Metis Settlement and also served for nine years as the President of the Metis Settlements General Council; he has been elected 12 times over 27 years. Ken has participated in overseas Canada and Alberta trade missions, presented to the Senate on Aboriginal governance and presented to the Royal Aboriginal Commission. He has been a member on a number of provincial government advisory committees. He is the owner/operator of a trucking and skid steer services company, and has experience in the forestry and logging industry. Ken has been married for 33 years, has 5 children and 11 grandchildren. He farms livestock such as horses and cows and produces hay for his livestock, he also an active volunteer within his community, and an avid runner.


Pat O'Neill

St. Paul

Experience as a Municipal Councillor and significant experience in the agricultural and recreational sectors. Worked with the St. Paul Municipal Seed Cleaning Plant as Director and Chairman of the Board. Former Director of the Alberta Development Corporation Appeal Board and was instrumental in developing the St. Paul Breeders Co-op.


Brad Sakowich

Athabasca

Brad is a valued member of the business community in the Athabasca region, having spent a number of years in the oilfield service industry. He also spent two years as the Chief Executive Officer of Alberta’s Best W-T Group.  Prior to that, he worked for more than ten years with Alberta Treasury Branches in various capacities.  He holds a diploma in AGRI Business from the Lakeland College in Vermilion, as well as a Certificate in Environmental Resource Management from the U of A.


Jason Schulz

Fort McMurray

Jason has lived in the Fort McMurray area since 2006. During his residence he has been active in the community being on the Board of Directors for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Alberta and for Child and Family Services Alberta. He was also a member of the Wood Buffalo Real Estate and Zoning Development Appeals Board. Jason currently is the Business Instructor at Keyano College and has a multitude of experience working with diverse groups.


Eva Urlacher

Cold Lake

Eva is the first recipient of a newly created Woman of Influence – Volunteerism award (2013). She has a background as a business owner and as a director of the Rural Alberta Development Fund. She served as Reeve of the MD of Bonnyville, Director of the Cold Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as director of the Cold Lake and District Agricultural Society. She participates on many community boards and foundations such as Hearts for Healthcare, Hospital Foundation, Medical Development and Kinisoo Performing Arts. Eva is an avid volunteer with a sincere interest in her community and region.

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