November 12, 2013

A lifelong son of the MD.

It’s an honour to be elected as Reeve for the MD in which my family has lived and worked for three generations, and in which my sons are now raising their young families. I’d like to thank those who supported me throughout my two separate terms on MD Council, and more recently during my 2013 election campaign. I look forward to continuing the momentum of projects started by Reeve Garratt and my fellow Council members. With the continued help of MD staff and Council, and with the valued participation of all MD residents, I am excited to help write the next chapter of our region’s story. As a family man, a business owner and your newly-elected Reeve, it is a story that is very important to me.

Having lengthy experience as a business owner, a fire fighter and a public official, I can see the MD from a number of different perspectives. This provides me with an important sense of balance when planning for the future of our communities and weighing the interests of all involved. I have also come to realize that in private and public sector alike, good communication is invaluable. Whether I’m meeting with Councillors, talking with residents or discussing issues with our municipal neighbours, my goal as Reeve is to foster a culture of open and transparent two-way communication. I have already spoken with Slave Lake’s new Mayor Tyler Warman as we begin to discuss some new ideas which may collectively benefit of our region.

Although Council continues to try to resolve important matters such as the Poplar Lane Water and the establishment of a regional waterline, land zoning and planning issues, and the Smith Complex reconstruction, I would also like to mention some of the milestones we have made. Many regional projects that started in the aftermath of the 2011 wildfires are either finished or nearing completion. Some of those include, new fire halls and equipment, an updated emergency response plan, backup power generation, ongoing FireSmart mitigation and the start of a community Legacy Project. I fully understand that we have many important matters to tackle over the four years ahead of us, but I must also respect that, thanks to the efforts of MD staff and the previous Council, we are stronger, safer and more prosperous than we have ever been.

I’m excited to join my incumbent colleagues at the Council table. I’m also happy to welcome newcomers Garry Horton, Mike Skrynyk and Brad Pearson, and I look forward to the new ideas I’m confident they will bring to the team. You’ll notice the names and contact numbers of all Councillors appear in the Council section of this Website. I encourage you to contact us to discuss municipal matters of importance to you.

On behalf of staff and Council, I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support. As someone who has experienced both the best and worst of what our rugged and real region has to offer, I am unaware of what lies ahead. But I can assure you that I will serve the communities of Lesser Slave River with common sense and compassion, and I will work side by side with my fellow Councillors and our municipal neighbours to steward the growth of a place I have always been proud to call home.

 Signature Kerik SM Gray

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

Identity Statement

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

The Lesser Slave River region boasts a vibrant arts community with art camps, various dance classes, and plays and productions running throughout the year. Service clubs such as the Rotary Club, Royal Purple, Royal Canadian Legion (Slave Lake, Smith, Flatbush), Elks and more promote healthy and connected communities allowing residents to get the most out of where they live. 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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