May 7, 2015

An air of excitement and a fond farewell.

To a lifelong farmer like me, spring represents a time of renewal and change – a time when we begin to see colour again after the long winter months. I’ve witnessed a great many things over my countless seasons in the MD, but never before have I seen so much orange in the month of May!

On behalf of the MD of Lesser Slave River, I’d like to wish my heartfelt congratulations to two agents of change from our neck of the woods: Ms. Danielle Larivee, NDP MLA for Slave Lake/High Prairie; and Glenn van Dijken, Wildrose MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock. I appreciate firsthand what it means to sacrifice precious time with family, friends and business pursuits to stand up for what you believe in and work for change. Well done and good luck to both of you.

I’d like to extend an open invitation to Ms. Larivee and Mr. van Dijken to pay us a visit. After the media fanfare subsides – but not long after – I plan to invite each of you to the MD offices. I look forward to meeting you personally, sharing ideas and collaborating on issues and agendas that will continue to help our region and its residents prosper. If your schedule permits, I’d love to show you some of our new gems such as the Canyon Creek Legacy Park.

As a public servant, I’m keenly aware of how my fellow Councillors and MD staff must creatively work with finite resources – and with each other – to achieve some pretty ambitious goals. The adage “many hands make light work” often comes to mind. It is in this spirit that I invite our new MPs to the table. As we embark upon an historic time of significant change, we have an opportunity to collaborate, build bonds, establish trust and work toward common goals to the benefit of the entire region.

Speaking of history, departing Slave Lake MLA Pearl Calahasen was the longest serving MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Between 1989 and 2015, Ms. Calahasen held the positions of Minister without Portfolio in charge of Children's Services, Associate Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. She was also the first Métis woman elected to public office in Alberta.

Maureen Kubinec, departing MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock, has also made her mark. As Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism, she worked hard to promote our province as a must-see destination – both locally and internationally. Both Ms. Kubinec and Ms. Calahasen deserve recognition for their contribution to the Lesser Slave River region, and to our province as a whole.

We’re entering a new season of growth, whether you’re raising a family, operating a business or literally growing things. Whatever part you play in the growth of Lesser Slave River, remember that my fellow Councillors and I are listening to you, and what you have to say informs our direction. I encourage you to get involved. Attend a Council meeting, chat with us on Facebook, and let your voice be heard.

 Signature Kerik SM Gray

Murray Kerik
Reeve, MD of Lesser Slave River no.124

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We are the MD of Lesser Slave River No. 124. Our land is big, beautiful and clean with green pastures, clear waters, sandy beaches and boreal forests nourished by the Lesser Slave, Pembina and Athabasca rivers. We are rugged and real!

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

David Thompson, an explorer, arrived at the mouth of the Lesser Slave River on April 28th, 1799, and was the first white man to see the vast Lesser Slave Lake. Thompson established a townsite thereafter called Sawridge, coming from the sawtoothed appearance of the large sand ridges along the north shoreline of the Lakev. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

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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