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Mayor Ken Johnston wins big. Jefferies, Buruma, Barnstable, and Doerksen join council


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A new era begins with Mayor Ken Johnston at the helm after an overwhelming victory for Johnston as he outpaced all his competition combined, picking up over 50% of the votes cast in the Mayoral Election.

In the ultra competitive race for council seats, Michael Dawe led the way while Cindy Jefferies breezed back onto council picking up the second highest number of votes. After Dianne Wyntjes, newcomer Bruce Buruma managed to pick up the fifth spot, squeezing between incumbents Lawrence Lee and Vesna Hingham.  Former Red Deer Rebel Kraymer Barnstable worked his way onto council finishing seventh.  Victor Doerksen has successfully re-entered political life.  The former Red Deer South MLA edged out 21 other candidates for the 8th spot on City Council. Chad Krahn, Sadia Khan, Dax Williams, Janice Somer, and Jason MacDonald lead the pack of newcomers who didn’t quite break through in this election.

Matt Gould made a great impact with voters catching a seat on the Red Deer Public School Board in a very competitive election.


And Monique LaGrange is a new Red Deer Ward representative on the Board of Trustees for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
















After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Three City of Red Deer Bob Stollings Award winners announced

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John Galbraith, Tamara Greba and Leigh-Ann Martin are The City’s 2024 recipients of the Bob Stollings Memorial Award.

The Bob Stollings Memorial Award is given out each year to a City employee who displays outstanding performance in alignment with The City’s RISE cornerstone values – respect, integrity, service and excellence. Nominations for the award are submitted by fellow coworkers detailing the employee’s achievements professionally and interpersonally, along with letters of support. The award is considered a great honour among City staff.

“This year, three extraordinary employees stood out as more than deserving of this recognition. Each one of these exceptional individuals go above and beyond, exceeding the bar set for our Bob Stollings award recipients, which is why this year, we are celebrating three invaluable employees,” said City Manager, Tara Lodewyk.

John Galbraith is a Welder with The City. His work makes a positive impact on every City department, as he ensures all city machinery and equipment is working properly and in the most cost-efficient manner. His handiwork includes fixes to playground equipment, cracked snowplows, buses, trucks and snowblowers to fabricating goal posts, Ross Street Patio lights, ergonomic worktables, and tandem brine tanks.

Described by his nominators as the perfect example of a City employee as hardworking, honest, helpful, respectful. and attentive to details, John embodies the RISE principles – respect, integrity, service and excellence – every day. John’s focus on customer service and honouring his commitments earns him the respect and admiration of his coworkers across the organization.

Tamara (Tammy) Greba started as a lifeguard at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and now is the Recreation Facilities Supervisor. Tammy consistently exemplifies the core values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence. Her recent involvement with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre expansion showcased her commitment to service and excellence for the community. During this project, Tammy modelled strong leadership skills while demonstrating her ability to think strategically while managing many small details at the same time.

Tammy is known for her investment in people, her integrity, professionalism, and her smile. Believing safety must be intentional, she invests heavily in contributing to a safe work environment.

Leigh-Ann Martin is the GIS Supervisor. She has profound knowledge of geographic information systems and a very specialized skillset that makes her irreplaceable and sought after by many other departments. Leigh-Ann worked tirelessly to migrate our mapping information into our new GIS system in 2022 and 2023.

Her nominators recognize Leigh-Ann for her honesty, trustworthiness, and reliability. She incorporates a lifelong learning approach to both her work and personal life. Leigh-Ann treats everyone with kindness and respect. Whether someone is struggling with a personal matter or with plotting assets on a map, her first words are always, “How can I help?” She is a strong ambassador to the community for diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by her support of Syrian refugees.

“We are incredibly excited to honor these three exceptional individuals with this award.” said City Manager, Tara Lodewyk. “Their unwavering commitment to modelling our cornerstone values makes them truly deserving recipients of this year’s Bob Stollings Memorial Award,”

The Bob Stollings Memorial Award was first established in 1985 and is presented every year to honour Robert (Bob) E. Stollings, a loyal and dedicated City employee from 1960-1984.

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2024 City Councilor By-Election

Get to know your candidates for city council: Calvin Yzerman

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About the Candidate

I know Red Deer. I have lived here since 1961. This by-election is a somber occasion for myself and many others in our community as we have lost an irreplaceable community friend and Councillor. Red Deer has been good to our family and has a lot going for it. Our choice location in Central Alberta along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway makes Red Deer an ideal hub to service the rest of Alberta and Western Canada. The Regional Airport is a short drive away. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

Candidate Priorities

Housing and Homelessness I am hopeful that all levels of Government can come together to solve this urgent problem. Non-profits, and private-sector housing providers can also play a role in developing innovative and sustainable affordable housing projects.
Crime Prevention and Policing Everyone wants a safe community and crime prevention is a top concern. I support Red Deer’s Annual Policing Plan. I was recently reminded by members of the Social Diversion Team to call 403-406-2200 if you see someone need of non-emergency support.
Infrastructure and Utilities Infrastructure and Utilities is one of those areas that City residents rely upon everyday. I feel that the City of Red Deer has a strong Strategic Plan in place to address new and aging infrastructure. Spring road repairs could improve.
Public Transit I feel that The City of Red Deer Transit Network Improvements Project was well designed to address transit service in Red Deer. I also support a modern safe high speed train connection between Alberta’s major Cities.
Restoration of Red Deer EMS Dispatch Our local Red Deer EMS Dispatch model was top notch and service suffered greatly when the Province consolidated EMS dispatch. I would strongly urge the Province to restore EMS dispatch to its former model.

Contact Information

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Red Deer voters will have many opportunities to cast their ballot in this By-Election. Advance Vote will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April 18 to 20. Voters will be able to select one of three Advance Vote locations at Parkland Mall, Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer or Westerner Park. The same voting stations will be open for voters from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on By-Election Day, April 22.

Information about the By-Election, including details about where to vote, who is running and how to vote is available on the Elections website at

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