Scholarships & Bursaries

Empowering students across the region.

The MD of Lesser Slave River recognizes the importance of education and continued learning. In this spirit, a number of scholarship and bursary programs are offered each year to encourage students to pursue further educational opportunities, and to enhance the ability of young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Additionally, provincial and national scholarship and bursary opportunities that may be of interest to to Lesser Slave River students will be added to this section.

Please note that, unless otherwise specified, the scholarships and bursaries listed within this section are only available to individuals residing within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River.

2017 Rugged & Real Scholarship Recipients

The three recipients of the 2017 Rugged & Real Scholarship this year were:  Alexa Hendricks who is currently studying Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Hailey Wynnyk who is enrolled at Thompson Rivers University and will be studying Architectural Engineering Technology, and Taylor Hodge who is taking Medical Radiologic Tech at NAIT. We wish our young recipients the best in their studies!

Scholarship and Bursary Opportunities in the Lesser Slave River Region

At least one Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 is awarded each year. Apply by July 14, 2017. With a view to supporting local students to advance studies and pursue higher education opportunities, the Rugged & Real Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student attending a post-secondary institution whose permanent residence is within the Municipal District. Mature students are encouraged to apply.

For the 2017 scholarship, applicant submissions will be in the form of a six-minute video. Click Here for full details on the 2017 Rugged & Real Scholarship application criteria.

Application deadline: July 14, 2017 at 4:30pm. 2017 APPLICATION CLOSED.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) & the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) are proud to offer this unique bursary opportunity. AHS and the NADC match between $1,000 and $3,000 per student up to a total of $6,000 per year for each recipient in exchange for a return of service within northern Alberta.

Applications are currently closed. Check back in August 2018 for updated application information.

Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has recently announced a new grant program called the Community Assistance Board (CAB) grant. It is available to not-for-profit community organizations in an effort to enhance social programming, community events and facilities, as well as other amenities located within the municipality. The program will have four intakes during the year (January, April, July and September) and applications will be evaluated on the project’s alignment to the MD’s community values.

How are funds allocated?
A Council-appointed Community Assistance Board will meet four times per year (February, May, August and November) to review, prioritize and allocate funds towards community opportunities, initiatives and programming.

Who will be eligible for funding?
All not-for-profit societies, community groups, clubs and individuals that offer a direct benefit to the citizens of the MD, and that align with the region’s community values (some of which include fellowship, generosity, compassion and volunteerism) will be eligible to receive community assistance funding.

Who will not be eligible for funding?
Religious entities, registered charities and for-profit organizations will not qualify for community funding through this new application process.

The NADC Bursary is a return service bursary of $6,000 per year for a maximum of two years, and is offered to students in their final two years of post-secondary studies. It is meant to encourage students to train for jobs that are in demand in northern Alberta. To learn more, visit them online at

Applications are due by April 30th for students starting the following fall. The NADC Bursary is currently not accepting applications at this time. Please contact  780-624-6545 (toll free by first dialing 310-0000) for more information on the bursary schedule.

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties established the AAMDC Scholarship Program in 1995. The AAMDC Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. Through the Scholarship Program, the AAMDC provides funding assistance to five rural students each year (one student in each of the five AAMDC geographic districts).

Application deadline: August 4, 2017. 2017 APPLICATION CLOSED.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

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Election 2017

Resources for candidates and voters.

The next municipal election takes place Monday October 16, 2017. Nomination day is on Monday September 18, 2017. Council for the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River consists of a Reeve elected at large and six Councillors, representing two municipal divisions. Division 1 includes the communities of Flatbush, Chisholm, Hondo and Smith. Division 2 includes the communities of Mitsue, Marten Beach, Canyon Creek, Widewater and the land adjacent to the Town of Slave Lake.

To be nominated as a candidate in an electoral division, the person must be a resident of the division for six consecutive months prior to nomination day. The term of office is for four years. There is no limit on the number of times a Councillor can be re-elected.

Planning to vote? Please remember that one piece of Canadian government-issued ID will be required. Accepted forms of ID can be federal, provincial or local (or an agency thereof), that contains your name, photo and current address.

Official List of Candidates


Kerik, Murray
Skrynyk, Mike

Councillor - Division 1

Esau, Robert
Fulmore, Darren
Horton, Garry
Melzer, Sandra
Peiffer, Becky

Councillor - Division 2

Commins, Jeff
Measor, Charlotte
Mughal, Munir Ahmad
Pearson, Brad
Rosche, Brian

Notice of Election Day and Advance Vote

Notice is hereby given that voting will take place this October for the following offices:

1 Reeve At Large

3 Councillors - Division 1

3 Councillors - Division 2

Votes can be cast on October 16 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. Advance voting will take place October 10 between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Voting Stations will be located at:

  • Flatbush MD Office
  • Smith Community Complex
  • Slave Lake MD Administration Building
  • Widewater Complex

Information Guide for Candidates

Learn about what's involved in becoming a Councillor for the MD of Lesser Slave River by downloading the Information Guide for Candidates. Please also review: appendices 1, 2 and 3 below containing required forms, bylaws and policies.


Other Resources for Candidates

  • View and Download Alberta Municipal Affairs - A Guide for Candidates

      Appendix I: Forms

      # Description Hits Download
      Form 2: Notice of Nomination Day Signed 138 Download
      Form 3: Nomination Paper & Candidate Acceptance 122 Download
      Form 4A: Notice of Election & Requirements for Voter ID 5 Download
      Form 7A: Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification 89 Download
      Form 8: Voting Registrar 102 Download
      Form 10: Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent 86 Download
      Form 21: Campaign Disclosure & Financial Statement 108 Download
      Election Signs 119 Download

      Appendix II: Policies

      # Description Hits Download
      Policy A6: Council Honorarium 122 Download
      Policy A9: Council Appointed Board Member Honoraria 111 Download
      Policy K13: Nepotism 123 Download
      Policy K20 Appendix A 89 Download
      Policy K20: Subsistence & Travel Expenses 100 Download

      Appendix III: Bylaws

      # Description Hits Download
      Bylaw 97-7: Electoral Boundaries 100 Download
      Bylaw 2001-14: Organizational & Procedural 93 Download
      Bylaw 2017-05: Amend Organizational & Procedural 75 Download
      Bylaw 2007-04: Modified Voting Stations 137 Download
      Bylaw 2017-04: Pecuniary Interest 98 Download
      Bylaw 2017-04 Schedule A 107 Download
      Bylaw 2017-04 Schedule B 85 Download

      Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

      On July 6, 2011, Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Lesser Slave River region to offer encouragement to residents and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating wildfires that hit the region in May. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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