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Mayor & Council

Richard Poole, Mayor

Richard is proud to have been able to represent the community for over a decade, and is now honoured to serve as Mayor. He moved here in 1979, and with his wife Mary, raised their family in the Town known to be a "Nice Place to Grow". He has served on many boards and committees including: Recreation, Culture and Parks, Municipal Emergency Management, Red Deer River Municipal Users, and Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. He feels the exciting mission over the next four years will be to lead a team that is committed to challenging our expectations of what great can be.

Phone:  403.506.6445 | Email Richard

Marina Appel, Councillor

Before being elected to Council, Marina was on the Recreation, Culture & Parks Board for four consecutive years; the last two of those as Chair. It gave her an in-depth understanding of how town business is conducted, and the relationships between our local, county and provincial governments. She is committed to be on a council that works as a cohesive team focused on growth, results, improvements and green initiatives. “My intention on council is to ensure we are a team that listens to our constituents, to both understand and implement changes that will benefit our growing town of Blackfalds.”

Deputy Mayor Term: July 2018 to February 2019

Phone:  587.377.0307 | Email Marina

Jamie Hoover, Councillor

Jamie and his family moved to the Town of Blackfalds in 2012, and soon after became involved in the community as a volunteer citizen member of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee. In that role for 4 years, he had the unique experience of being engaged in the path of both the present and future of this thriving and growing Town.

Jamie is a military veteran who served from 1990-2010 as both a full time member of the military, as well as a “citizen soldier” in the reserves. He also worked in the Emergency Medical service as an EMT, and more recently owned and operated a busy local service business with a staff of up to 50.

Deputy Mayor Term: March 2019 to October 2019

Phone:  403.872.2555 | Email Jamie

Ray Olfert, Councillor

Ray has been on Town Council since 2010. The boards and committees that he serves on include: Economic Development & Tourism, Municipal Library Board, Grievance Committee, and Parkland Regional Library.

Deputy Mayor Term: November 2019 to June 2020

Phone:  403.896.1472 | Email Ray

Rebecca Stendie, Councillor

Rebecca and her husband have lived in Blackfalds for near a decade now and are raising 4 children together. She credits her dad for her political ambitions. "I learned from him what it means to work hard in the face of adversity. I also learned from him how important it is to vote and from a young age I shared a love of politics with him." Rebecca has an extensive volunteer background and has worked with many not for profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SADD, a Peer Counselling group, IREC Crossing Guards and much more. I believe in giving back to the community and going the extra mile to help those around me when I can.

Deputy Mayor Term: July 2020 to February 2021

Phone:  403.396.9730 | Email Rebecca

Laura Svab, Councillor

Laura and her husband moved to Blackfalds 17 years ago and chose to raise their 3 children in Blackfalds.  Before serving on Council, Laura volunteered for several boards including President of Friends of Iron Ridge Elementary Society,  Co-Chair of St. Gregory the Great Student Council, Parents of Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus Society, and a Spark and Brownie Leader for 3 years with Girl Guides. "I believe I can make a difference. When there is something that our town needs, I don’t sit there and watch, I dive right in, and if I need help, I’m not scared to ask. I believe my most important job will be to listen to our community members and communicate regularly with them."

Deputy Mayor Term: March 2021 to October 2021

Phone:  403.391.9485 | Email Laura

William Taylor, Councillor

Will is proud to have been able to represent the community for over a decade. He serves on several boards and committees including: Economic Development & Tourism, Community Place Making, Blackfalds Chamber of Commerce, and Central Alberta Economic Partnership.

Deputy Mayor Term: November 2017 to June 2018

Phone:  403.598.3149 | Email Will