Meet Your Councillors

Murray Kerik | Reeve.

Since autumn 2012, Murray Kerik has had the honour and privilege of serving as Reeve for the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River no.124. From his civic education first as Councillor, and now as Reeve, he has learned that there’s no shortage of challenges and opportunities in office of the MD. Reeve Kerik is a third-generation resident and highly active member of the municipal district he is tasked daily with leading. In his previous two terms on Council for the MD, he has played a vital role in helping steward the growth of this region with common sense and compassion.

With decades of experience as a fire fighter, rancher and public official under his belt, Reeve Kerik sees Lesser Slave River from a number of unique and equally valuable perspectives. These perspectives provide him with an important sense of balance when planning for the future of the community at large and weighing the interests of all involved. He realizes that in private and public sector alike, good communication is invaluable. Whether meeting with Councillors, talking with residents or discussing important issues with municipal neighbours, his goal as Reeve is to foster a culture of open and transparent two-way communication.

With a capable, committed staff and Council backing him, and with the valued ongoing participation of all MD residents, Reeve Kerik continues to help write the next chapter of this special northern Alberta region’s story. As a family man, a business owner and a dedicated public servant, it is a story that's very near and dear to his heart.

 murray.kerik (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.349.0518

  • Community Economic Development Initiative
  • Director of Legacy Board
  • Inter-Municipal Committee (TOSL)
  • Lakeshore Management Committee
  • Northern Alberta Development Council/Northern Alberta Elected Leaders
  • Peace Library System (alternate)
  • Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Upper Athabasca Steering Committee


Your MD Councillors

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.

Municipal elections are held every four years on the third Monday in the month of October pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and the Local Authorities Election Act. The last municipal election was held on October 21, 2013. Public Council meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Council accepts presentations from the public by appointment only.

Robert Esau | Councillor, Division 1

Robert Esau
 robert.esau (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.349.0212
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Agricultural Service Board
  • Athabasca Regional Waste Management Services Commission
  • Athabasca Watershed Council (alternate)
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
  • Upper Athabasca Steering Committee (alternate)
  • Veterinary Services Incorporated (alternate)
  • Westlock Foundation

 

Darren Fulmore | Councillor, Division 1

Darren Fulmore
 darren.fulmore (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.805.2020
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Agricultural Service Board
  • Veterinary Services Incorporated
  • Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission
  • Inter-Municipal Committee (TOSL)
  • Community Economic Development Initiative
  • Upper Athabasca Steering Committee
  • Lakeshore Management Committee
  • Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern Alberta Development Council/Northern Alberta Elected Leaders
  • Director of Legacy Board

 

 

Garry Horton | Councillor, Division 1

Garry Horton
garry.horton (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.849.1173
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Athabasca Regional Waste Management Services Commission
  • Athabasca Watershed Council
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

 

Brad Pearson | Councillor, Division 2

Brad Pearson
 brad.pearson (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.805.2559
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Community Futures Slave Lake Region
  • Lakeshore Management Committee
  • Lesser Slave Lake Region Housing Authority
  • Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission
  • Peace Library Systems
  • Slave Lake Watershed Council (alternate)
  • Slave Lake Airport Services Commission
  • Slave Lake Regional Library Board
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
  • Tri-Council Health Advocacy Committee

 

Brian Rosche | Councillor, Division 2

Brian Rosche
 brian.rosche (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.849.0236
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Canyon Creek Harbor Authority
  • Community Economic Development Initiative (alternate)
  • Inter-Municipal Committee (TOSL)
  • Lakeshore Management Committee
  • Lesser Slave Region FireSmart Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Slave Lake Watershed Council
  • Tri-Council Health Advocacy Committee

 

Mike Skrynyk | Councillor, Division 2

Mike Skrynyk
 mike.skrynyk (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.805.0801
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Agriculture Pest Act Appeal Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Inter-Municipal Committee (TOSL)
  • Lakeshore Management Committee
  • Lesser Slave Lake Regional Housing Authority
  • Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Slave Lake Airport Services Commission
  • Weed Control Act Appeal Panel


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

On May 15, 2011, large parts of Lesser Slave River were affected by wildfires in the area. Winds pushed the flames into the Town and surrounding communities, destroying many houses and businesses. The actions of the MD and its residents, and as their stoic resolution to rebuild from the ashes, are a living testament to the region’s “Rugged & Real” motto. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Council Highlights

The latest and greatest.

Elected every four years, Lesser Slave River’s Reeve and Council members represent each community within Lesser Slave River. Council meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss and resolve a wide range of municipal matters. Lesser Slave River's Council has a vision to sustain the municipality as a place where prosperity is the norm and where people are equipped to care for themselves, the land, and one another.

Selected by residents to represent the views, visions, and values for the future, your Council works to ensure decisions mirror community needs and interests. Council functions as a board of directors for the community, setting the strategic direction and then designing policies and strategies to achieve that direction.

Have your say: Council represents the interests of everyone in the community, so it’s important for councils to work together with their ratepayers to decide what is needed. Contact your local Councillor to see how you can help influence the growth and prosperity of your community.


Council Meeting Highlights by Download or Request

As soon as highlights from a Lesser Slave River Council meeting are approved, they are made available for the public to view and download via this section of the website. Please contact me if you wish to access any Council meeting highlights prior to 2015."
Lana Spencer
Lana Spencer
Executive Assistant


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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River Region is almost twice the size of Prince Edward Island, but with just 1/15 the population. The Region includes the urban area of Slave Lake, as well as nine outlying communities: Flatbush, Chisholm, Smith, Hondo, Marten Beach, Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, and Assineau. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Tri-Council

Finding strength in unity.

Since 2011, the Municipal District has participated with the Sawridge First Nation and the Town of Slave Lake in what is called the Tri-Council. The Tri-Council is a body made up of all the elected officials from the First Nation, Town, and MD. Following the wildfires of 2011, it was important to ensure that recovery efforts evolved in a positive and coordinated fashion.

With the assistance of Alberta Municipal Affairs, the MD and First Nation, the Town adopted the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat Governance Protocol. This protocol’s purpose is to provide guidance for how the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat conduct business, and in so doing, ensure consistency, predictability, transparency, and accountability.

The CAO Secretariat is made up of the Chief Administrative Officers of the Town and the Municipal District, and the Executive Director of the First Nation, to act as the administration to the Tri-Council. Novel to the protocol is its use of consensus-based decision making, where consensus is achieved when the elected officials of the Tri-Council (in attendance at a meeting) can “live with” the decision taken or endorsed. As a result of Tri-Council governance, the strategies and projects of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Wildfire Recovery Plan have been implemented.

Tri-Council is now focused on strategic regional cooperation that serves to capitalize on the Slave Lake vicinity as a regional centre in north central Alberta. The focus is critical to ensure that health, school, government, and key business entities choose to come, stay, and grow in our region. Another evolving purpose is to deal with topical matters that extend beyond municipal/First Nation corporate boundaries, such as emergency management, economic development, and regional wellness activities.

It is important to understand that Tri-Council’s existence does not supplant any of the partner’s autonomy and statutory powers to act as a Municipal District, Town or First Nation. By working together, the region will become a stronger and better place to live and work.

  • View the Slave Lake Regional Tri-Council Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2012-2015

  • Words from the Tri-Council Architects

    The Tri-Council is determined to build on its four-pillar foundation of People, Reconstruction, Environment and Economy. Our vision is to not only return the region to the way it was before disaster struck, but to ensure we are safer, stronger and better positioned for future growth. This unique congress has turned disparate political entities into strategic partners, close allies and fast friends."
    Reeve Murray Kerik
    Reeve Murray Kerik
    MD of Lesser Slave River

    "Through the Tri-Council we have learned that our overarching stewardship of the collective good of the region must trump the specific mandates of the Town, the MD and the Sawridge First Nation. This is not always easy, but it is essential. There's a benefit for all of us."
    Mayor Tyler Warman
    Mayor Tyler Warman
    Town of Slave Lake

    Muster your courage; take that leap of faith. Neighbouring municipalities and other levels of government needn't actually work in silos or at cross-purposes — they are resources of knowledge, strength and capital. They can become your best allies."
    Chief Roland Twinn
    Chief Roland Twinn
    Sawridge First Nation

     


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Outdoor enthusiasts find world class activities in the Slave Lake Region: fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, golfing, motocross, snowmobiling, ATV-ing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more! Sports such as hockey, soccer, curling, baseball, cricket, swimming and tennis are enjoyed by all in the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Boards & Committees

Providing valuable guidance and expertise.

Lesser Slave River’s boards, committees, foundations, and commissions provide an invaluable service to the municipality by providing high-level guidance and expertise on specific policy areas or topics. In addition, one of the duties of a Councillor is to participate in various committees established by Council and meetings of other external boards and commissions to which the municipality is a member. Appointments of elected members are made annually at the organizational meeting of Council held in October or the meeting following the organizational meeting.

Council remains committed to representation on all MD boards and committees reflective of – and responsive to – our region’s residents and business owners. Public participation also contributes to the work of municipal government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints, are presented.

Interested in lending your voice to a board or committee? Be sure to check our Volunteer Opportunities section for any vacancies.

Board & Committee Appointments

  • Click here to view the 2016-17 Board Committee Appointments
    • Click here to view the 2015-16 Board Committee Appointments
      • Click here to view the 2014-15 Board Committee Appointments

      • Relevant Forms

        • Committee Application Form [interactive]
          • Delegation Form [Interactive]

          • General Boards and Committees


            Agricultural Service Board

            The purpose of this board is to promote agriculture for the MD and to assist with new projects. The board also sets goals and objectives, prepares a yearly budget, plans projects with the Agriculture Fieldman for the year, and assists with different workshops as well as completing the performance of the Agricultural Fieldman annually.


            Veterinary Services Incorporated

            This is a program for veterinary service on domestic cattle, hogs, sheep and goats raised or grown for the production of food. The municipality (combined with grant funding) subsidizes eligible veterinary costs to producers resided within the MD.


            Weed Control Act Appeal Panel & Agriculture Pest Act Appeal Committee

            An appeal process can be initiated by a person who has been given an inspector’s notice, local authority’s notice or debt recovery notice. An appeal will be heard and determined by an independent appeal panel. Local authorities are delegated to administer, direct and enforce within their jurisdiction.


            Lesser Slave Regional Waste Management Services Commission

            The commission is made up of Town of Slave Lake and MD of Lesser Councillors to oversee the management of the landfill, formulate policy, and authorizes expenditures and budget.


            Athabasca Regional Waste Management Services Commission

            The ARWMSC was established by a Provincial Government order in Council in 1999. The Waste Commission is a corporation under the MGA section 15.1 The commission is made up of members from Athabasca County, MD 124, Town of Athabasca and the Village of Boyle.


            Community Futures – Slave Lake Region

            Community Futures are non-profit organizations guided by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals who together are actively engaged in helping to develop and implement community-based economic development strategies.


            Community Futures – Tawatinaw

            Tawatinaw Community Futures is a not for profit government funded corporation and provides small business counseling, assistance with business plans, business loans, entrepreneurial training and community economic development assistance to community partners.


            Inter-Municipal Committee

            This committee consists of members from both the M.D. and the Town of Slave Lake, where issues of mutual concern are discussed. The Committee strives to maintain a good working relationship between the two municipalities.

                  


            Lesser Slave Lake Watershed Council

            The Lesser Slave Lake Watershed Council is a non-profit group of volunteers who work with the provincial government to maintain the health of the Lesser Slave Watershed. Members of the council are representatives from towns, municipalities, first nation communities, industries, cottage owners, non-profit organizations as well as recreation and tourism groups who have an interest in how the waters of Lesser Slave Lake and its tributaries are managed. The Integrated Watershed Management Plan can be viewed Here.


            Athabasca Watershed Council

            The AWC-WPAC is a designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) working in partnership with the Government of Alberta towards achieving the goals of the Water for Life strategy:

            • Safe, secure drinking water
            • Healthy aquatic ecosystems
            • Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy


            Peace Library System

            Peace Library System works cooperatively with municipalities and public libraries to stay on top of the trends and changes in the library world to assist libraries in offering the best possible services to their patrons.

            As a member of the Board, that member acts in a position of trust for the community, and is responsible for the effective governance of the Peace Library System. The Board consists of one appointee from each of the member participating municipalities and one representative of the Resource Library (Grande Prairie Public Library).


            Slave Lake Regional Library Board

            The board consists of eight members. Their role is to formulate policy, oversee running of the Slave Lake and area libraries (including Smith and Flatbush libraries).


            Slave Lake Airport Services Commission

            The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the Slave Lake airport remains open and remains at the standard and level of service the area requires. The committee consists of three members from the Town of Slave Lake and three members from the M.D. The Town of Slave Lake is responsible for the day to day operations.


            Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

            This board meets only when a Development Permit has been refused or the permit holder is unsatisfied with the conditions placed upon the development. When these hearings are held, any person affected by the development has the right to present.


            Municipal Planning Commission

            The Commission acts as the Subdivision Authority for the Municipal District pursuant to the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw. Bylaw 2011-02 was created to establish a Municipal Planning Commission.


            Upper Athabasca Steering Committee

            The Province of Alberta has been divided into regional land use planning regions. Each region will have a Regional Advisory Council (RAC), which will advise the Province on the creation of a regional land use plan. The RAC’s are made up of a variety of stakeholder representatives, including municipal representatives.


            Lakeshore Management Committee

            The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 and the Municipal District of Big Lakes formed the Lakeshore Management Committee in an effort to get in front of the regional planning process as it affects the Lesser Slave Lake area. Some items discussed so far include the possible economic and tourism development among the lakeshore and the possibility of new hamlets in the M.D. of Big Lakes.


            Local & Composite Assessment Review Board

            The Local Assessment Review Board is composed of trained local members that are appointed by Council. This board will hear complaints about non-assessment matters (e.g. local improvement tax); and assessments of residential properties with three or less dwelling units and farm land.

            The Composite Assessment Review Board is composed of two trained local members and one provincially approved member who will be the presiding officer. This board will hear complaints about assessments for all property in the municipality, excluding residential properties with three or less dwelling units and farm land (unless subject to the jurisdiction of the Municipal Government Board).


            Lesser Slave Lake Regional Housing Authority

            The authority strives to provide decent, low cost, subsidized housing programs to qualified applicants in the Lesser Slave Lake area.

            The authority is governed by a seven member board with representation from Councils of the MD of Opportunity, Town of Slave Lake, MD 124 as well citizens at large from the MD and TOSL, appointees of the B.E.S. Legion of Slave Lake and local representative of the Metis Nation of Alberta.


            Homeland Housing

            Westlock Foundation is now merged with Sturgeon Foundation forming Homeland Housing. Homeland Housing manages seniors housing facilities and offers four different living options: Independent Living (Self-Contained apartments), Supportive Living (Lodge units), Supportive Housing (high-rise apartment and walk up apartment in Westlock), and Affordable Housing (apartments). It is our responsibility to ensure all residents receive the best possible care, with the utmost skill and efficiency, and with the greatest of personal consideration and tenderness. Homeland Housing is an amalgamation of Sturgeon Foundation and Westlock Foundation, which took effect on January 1, 2017. The Homeland Housing region includes: City of St. Albert, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124, Sturgeon County, Town of Bon Accord, Town of Gibbons, Town of Legal, Town of Morinville, Town of Redwater, Town of Westlock, Village of Clyde and Westlock County.


            Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce

            Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce is a self-sufficient, community focused organization providing leadership through innovative ideas, growing opportunities and supporting local commerce.


            Northern Alberta Development Council/Northern Alberta Elected Leaders

            The Northern Alberta Development Council advances the promise of Alberta's North. NADC’s mandate is to help the region’s 150 communities and 350,000 people realize their rich potential and strengthen their diverse economies. The Council is made up of a dedicated group of provincial and local leaders and staff tasked with producing quality regional development information, supporting education and skills enhancement programs and building strategic partnerships.


            Community Economic Development Initiative

            The purpose of CEDI is to build strong relationships between First Nations and their neighbouring municipalities, as well as encompass a joint economic development program to ensure economic sustainability into the future. By participating in the CEDI program, the MD of Lesser Slave River will be able to have economic development long-term strategic planning with the Sawridge First Nation and the Town of Slave Lake, as well as engage in peer mentoring, become a community of practice, and be eligible for community capacity-building grants. The outcomes of the program include a toolkit for other municipalities and First Nations in Canada to use to practice joint-economic development planning, and solution sheets to common challenges faced by such joint planning activities.


            Health Committee

            The Health  Committee will advocate for solutions to health related issues and concerns, to other levels of government, health care service deliverers, agencies and advisory bodies.


            Regional Wellness Advisory Committee

            The Committee was formed to act in an advisory capacity to the Lesser Slave Lake Region by making recommendations pertaining to the community wellness matters. The Committee will provide advice and direction to the Regional Wellness Coordinator.


            Economic Development Committee

            The EDC was formed to act in an advisory capacity to the Slave Lake Regional Tri-Council by making recommendations pertaining to economic development matters and to provide advice and direction to the Economic Development Officer in the development and implementation of an on economic development strategy and annual operational plan with the desire to generate balanced growth in a socially and environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of the Tri-Council member communities.


            Lesser Slave Lake Region FireSmart Committee

            The FireSmart Committee is to take a holistic approach to the implementation of the philosophy, culture and practice of FireSmart to the Lesser Slave Lake Region. It will work towards reducing the risk to human life, communities, resources and infrastructure from the threat of wildfire; promote FireSmart principles and concepts within stakeholder organizations; educate the public and stakeholders on FireSmart; and, work cooperatively to plan and prepare for effective response to future wildfire situations.

            The Committee will include the following nine voting members; two public, one oilfield, one forestry, one ESRD, one electric utilities, one SFN, one elected official from the TOSL and MD.


            Wildfire Legacy Corporation

            In May 2011, wildfires tore through the Slave Lake Region devastating our communities through the loss of homes, businesses and community facilities. In the wake of these wildfires, twelve petroleum companies came together with a $6.4 million donation and consulted with the Town of Slave Lake, Municipal District Lesser Slave River, Sawridge First Nation and local stakeholders on ideas for a lasting legacy project. This led to plans for a new multi-purpose family oriented space, currently called the Legacy Centre. The Government of Alberta further supported this project with funding. Fundraising is currently underway by the Legacy Centre Fundraising Committee and the Corporation. Construction started in September 2014 and the facility is expected to open early in 2016.


            Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

            Lesser Slave River is “Iyaghchi Eennu Sepe “ in Cree, meaning "River of the Strange People." The river itself is a major tributary of the Athabasca River. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Agendas

Council, Tri-Council and Public Hearing agendas.

Municipal District of Lesser Slave River Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and a complete Council agenda package is available on the Friday morning preceding the scheduled Council meeting. Please note that the MD of Lesser Slave River is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of these documents, and they should not be used in place of certified copies. Certified copies may be obtained at the Main Administration Building. Council and its committees have the right to change the order of the Agenda, therefore, the items will not necessarily be considered in the same order as they appear on the agendas provided.

All residents are welcome to attend Council meetings and take part in the MD's democratic process. Contact your Councillor today and help foster the growth and prosperity of your community.


Your Voice can be Heard

Council represents the interests of everyone in the community, so it’s important for councils to work with ratepayers to decide what is needed. If you want to speak to an item, please contact me and I'll help you complete a delegate form and schedule a date for your presentation."
Lana Spencer
Lana Spencer
Executive Assistant

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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River region hosts the Show n’ Shine Car show, Geocaching events, an Easter Family Egg-stravaganza, Relay for Life, Community Corporate Challenge, Spooktacular Halloween Party, and various Christmas Charity events. With all of these events, there is something fun for everyone almost every weekend in the Region. 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.

General Contact Info

 info (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.849.4888
 1.866.449.4888
 780.849.4939

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