Blackfalds Councillor Story - Dean Wigmore
As we approach Election 2017 in October, we are saying goodbye to two dedicated and committed people who served on the Town of Blackfalds Council with enthusiasm and fervor. Their stories give us an insight into how they came to govern in Blackfalds and the advice they would like to pass on to future councillors.
Dean Wigmore, a two-term veteran councillor, first became involved in the community volunteering for the Recreation, Culture and Parks Board. The board has been instrumental in projects like the new trails that connect the Trans Canada Trail to Lacombe and Red Deer, various new themed playgrounds, and the Abbey Centre. He enjoyed his time on the board so much, that when the opportunity to run for Town Council came along, he figured “Why not do something I enjoy and get paid to do it?” In addition to being a Councillor, Dean also served on many boards and committees including Family & Community Support Services, Central Waste Management Commission, Canadian Pacific Rail, Policing Committee, and Municipal Emergency Management.
He is particularly proud of everyone involved in making the Abbey Centre a reality in Blackfalds. “I think my favorite moment was the grand opening of the Abbey Centre. This celebration was the culmination of several years of volunteer work by the Fieldhouse Society, and I am very proud to have been a part of that. Director Barnes and his staff did an amazing job of planning the grand opening.” The Fieldhouse Society helped raise a million dollars for the project.
One challenge as a rookie town councillor was learning how complex the town’s budget is and how to keep track of the many different grants and funds available. His parting advice to anyone considering running for council is “Don’t be afraid to jump in!” One thing he has appreciated about being on council is that everyone brings different areas of interest and expertise and this diversity helps council make good decisions for their town and residents. Post-Council plans for Dean is settling in to acreage living, though as Dean jokingly points out, he may end up on the Recreation, Culture and Parks Board again.
If you’d like to run for council or volunteer for one of the boards visit https://www.blackfalds.com/government/election-2017.