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Email addresses are provided below for each Council Member with responses provided by individual Councillors at their discretion.

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Mayor Bill Robertson

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Bill has been an Okotoks resident for the past 35 years. He is happily married to Elaine and they have three grown sons Michael, Jeffrey and Bradley. They are also proud grandparents to Mason, Jace and Brady. Shady the dog (fully licensed) is also an integral family member. Bill has served as Town Councillor since 1995 and is excited to be serving in his second term as the Mayor of Okotoks.

Educated at the University of Calgary, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Education. Bill taught in the Okotoks elementary school system for thirty-three years.

Bill has a strong interest in preserving the pristine beauty of the Sheep River Valley; enhancing the Okotoks Commercial tax base; and ensuring public safety. He thoroughly enjoys the challenges of building a healthy, vibrant community as your Mayor.

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Business  403-938-8904
Residence 403-938-2766 
 

 

Councillor Florence Christophers

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Florence and her family have been residents of Okotoks since 2008. She is happily married to Sean Christophers and together they parent a teenage daughter who attends Holy Trinity Academy.

Florence has sat on over 50 different committees in a variety of municipalities including serving on Okotoks Town Council from 2010-2013.

She has spent the last twenty years in community development roles at the local, provincial and national level. Florence has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She was a sessional Instructor at the University of Lethbridge as well as at the Lethbridge College between 2003-2007.

She has been a small business owner for over 14 years and is currently CEO of her own coaching consulting company.  Florence is a lover of the great outdoors and an avid reader.  She polishes off about 30 non-fiction books a year on topics that range from health, wellness, business, economic development, technology and science.

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Councillor Ken Heemeryck

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Living in Okotoks for 30 plus years, Ken is married to Melanie and they are raising two amazing kids in the best community in Canada. Growing up in Okotoks, Ken enjoyed many years of playing on local sports teams and he is a long time member of the Okotoks Curling Club and Turner Valley Golf Club.

After graduating from Foothills Composite High School, Ken obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a post-graduate business certificate from the University of British Columbia. Employed as a Property Valuation professional, Ken appraises commercial buildings, residential houses and land in Okotoks and area.

Ken served as a citizen member of the Town of Okotoks Subdivision and Appeal Board before becoming a Town Councillor.  Ken loves to assistant coaching his son's Okotoks Minor Hockey team.

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Councillor Matt Rockley

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Matt and his wife, Cory, both grew up in Okotoks and have three young children, Ava, Cale and Violet. Matt has a deep connection with the community of Okotoks. As a child, Matt proudly represented Okotoks on many sports teams. In his youth, he was Big Rocky, the Town Mascot at community events and was also a Tourist Information Councillor for the Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Okotoks.

After graduating from the Foothills Composite High School, Matt attended the University of Lethbridge where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Studies.  After university Matt worked for the Town of Okotoks as a Development Project Planner for five years, and then at the City of Calgary as a Urban Planner for seven years.  Currently, Matt is the Publisher of the Okotoks Western Wheel newspaper.  Matt served as a citizen member of the Okotoks Municipal Planning Commission before his election onto Okotoks Town Council.

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Councillor Ed Sands

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Ed has been a businessman and chiropractic health professional in the Okotoks community since 1980. He is married with two grown children. As a resident of Okotoks for over 30 years, he has been a member of the Okotoks business community as a Chiropractor.

After serving on the Board of Directors of the High River Hospital & Nursing Home for seven years, Ed pursued a position on the Okotoks Town Council. First elected in 1995, Ed is currently serving his seventh term as a Councillor.

The most rewarding aspect of public service for Ed is the opportunity to work with a knowledgeable and innovative team of dedicated administrative professionals. The satisfaction of finding creative solutions to unique challenges, and contributing to the future of this beautiful community encourages Ed through the ups and downs of some of the more mundane council requirements.

Ed has a keen interest in community theatre projects. He is the Technical Director and President of the Dewdney Players Group Theatre and a volunteer musician at the High River Hospital.

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Home 403-938-3013
Business 403-938-2065
Cell 403-540-9163

 

 

Councillor Tanya Thorn

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Tanya's family moved to Okotoks in 1989. Attending the University of Calgary, Tanya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has worked in our community since 1999 with an Agricultural Technology Software organization. This experience has given her a wide range of knowledge in creative solutions, advanced problem solving and balancing interests of many stakeholders. Currently, Tanya is working with the Sheep River Health Trust in fund development.

Tanya is married to Corey and blessed with a daughter, Emma. Tanya has been actively involved in the community through Okotoks Rotary Pub Club, Ladies Slo-pitch and Volleyball, Cattleman's Chautauqua, Foothill Highland Games to name a few. She is passionate about Okotoks and working to maintain the quality of life she has enjoyed over the past 24 years while ensuring we are building a community that our future generations can thrive in.

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Cell 403-860-7342

 

Councillor Ray Watrin

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Ray Watrin is a native to the Okotoks area with family history and tradition in the Foothills. As a former All Canadian All Star with the Montreal Alouettes, Ray started in five Grey Cups, winning two. As a former Foothills Composite High School Coach, Councillor and Math Teacher, he created the first Falcon Football Team coaching them to several undefeated seasons and Provincial Championships. Ray is now retired from teaching.

Ray is the father of three young adults who are married and have blessed him with eight beautiful grandchildren. He is engaged to former Mayor of Okotoks, Sandi Kennedy.  From his CFL career, he returned 28 years ago to Okotoks to teach and make this community his home. Ray's passion is people and giving back to Okotoks; working for quality family ideals and community values in our pristine district.

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Cell 403-650-9544

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