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Phil Meagher – Better Know A Candidate

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phil meagher profileABOUT Phil

My name is Phil Meagher, I am a 27 year resident of Fort McMurray, my wife, Sherri and I have raised five children here.  I am a five term councilor having been first elected in 1995 during the amalgamation.  I am the Chief Deputy Superintendent of the Fort McMurray Public School District.  In my spare time I am very active in our church, Fellowship Baptist, I referee Hockey, 21 years in the AJHL, I enjoy running, I’m an inductee in the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for running, I sit on many boards and committees the united Way being one of them.  I very much enjoy the outdoors and you can find me most weekends hiking our many trails around town.  I call Fort McMurray my home, but I grew up in rural New Brunswick, I attended UNB for my Bed degree and then moved here in 1983 to teach.  Went on to complete my maters at the University of Victoria and have enjoyed a great administrative career.

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Ross Jacobs – Better Know A Candidate

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About Ross

I’m a twenty-nine year old father of two boys, and husband to my beautiful wife. I’m employed as the General Manager of the non-profit organization Community Futures Wood Buffalo, which helps small and medium sized business in a variety of areas from lending to planning. I’m an active community member and work with a number of non-profit organizations like Kids Forever, Keyano College Foundation, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #165, and The Northern Lights Health Foundation. I’m also the current Chairman of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

In my spare time I enjoy playing with my kids, volunteering, geocaching, and playing hockey when time allows.


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Sheldon Germain – Better Know A Candidate

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sheldon germain profileABOUT Sheldon

I am a lifetime resident of Fort McMurray and am proud to be now raising my 3 children in this great region with my wife, Gerarda.  I work as a Vice-Principal for the Fort McMurray Catholic School District at Sister Mary Phillips K-8 School.  I was first elected in 1998 as the youngest ever Municipal Councilor at the age of 26 and for the next 3 terms have had the honor of receiving the most amount of votes for the office of councilor.

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Mike Allen – Better Know A Candidate

mike allen profileABOUT MIKE

I moved my young family to Fort McMurray in 1993 for the opportunity of owning and operating a small business, Campbell’s Music. As the community began its rapid growth, I became more involved in community initiatives, serving as the President of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms, Treasurer of Wood Buffalo Housing. My children have since grown up and are off to University, allowing me more time to give back to the community that has benefitted my family greatly.

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Melissa Blake – Better Know A Candidate

About Melissa

melissa blake profileI’m Melissa Blake, two-term Mayor with two additional terms on Council before that. I have served the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as an elected official continuously since 1998. I am 40 years old, happily married to Peter Jurak and we have two sons, Jackson (6 yrs) and Jason (15 months). Peter was born in Fort McMurray and I came as a child in 1982, and this is the only home for each of us. I graduated from Composite High, attended Keyano College and completed my Bachelor of Administration degree there through Athabasca University. I have worked in many positions, from service to professional, but the bulk of my career was at Syncrude in such areas as Public Affairs, Materials & Services, and, finally, Recruiting.


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Dave Kirschner – Better Know A Candidate

Dave Kirschner ProfileAbout Dave

We moved here 32 years ago to start a business and have 4 generations presently living here. I’m extensively involved in both community and business to make this a great place to live.

Why are you running in Election 2010?

For over 30 years I’ve worked with family, business, industry, faith
communities, governments, and social agencies to enhance the quality of life in our region. I have the vision and experience to strengthen council and deliver on key issues. I have a proven track record of working with multi-stakeholder groups to achieve results for priorities shared throughout our region, including land development. I bring a broad range of experience and skills in business, planning, contracts and facilitation, to council
chambers. Now that I’m semi-retired, I will devote my prime time to being a full time councilor. Continue reading

Donald Scott – Better Know A Candidate

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About Don

I am Don Scott and I am a husband, father, business owner, and volunteer. I’ve called Fort McMurray home for 10 years. I studied at Cambridge University in England and that’s where I met my wife, Janey. We have 2 young children – Jeya who is 5 years old and 1 year old baby Jenna. I was a board member and former president of the United Way, and I’m currently serving as a board member for Children’s First, Legal Aid Fort McMurray and the Allocations Committee for the United Way. I’m a lawyer and own McMurray Law Office in the downtown area. Like most people who call Fort McMurray home, I care about this community.

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