2017 election candidate profiles

Darin Busk for town council

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Looking for a third term on Slave Lake town council is Darin Busk. He’s one of two incumbents who underwent ‘trial by fire,’ in their first term, and perhaps enjoyed his second term on council more because of it. The other is mayor Tyler Warman, who is unopposed this time around.
“The first three years was kind of a blur,” Busk says. “The last four years has been much more enjoyable.”
As for why he decided to seek a third term, Busk says he thinks experience and continuity on council is important. He likes the idea of a new council with a broad range of interests and experience, where “not everybody’s got the same outlook as the next person.”
Busk’s own outlook is influenced by his background in community recreation and his employment in the oilfield He’s all for promoting business, tourism and recreation.
“There’s lots of unfinished projects,” says Busk, elaborating further on his reasons for running again. “For example, the raw water line and a major sewage lagoon upgrade coming up.”
Another pressing issue Busk says he’s interested in digging into is the negotiations between Slave Lake and the M.D. of Lesser Slave River on the two big cost-sharing deals. Those are the Inter-municipal and Fire Service Agreements. It’s important, he says, “for our taxpayers to get (those) cleared up. I definitely want to be part of that discussion.”
Busk, 47, has lived in Slave Lake for the past 17 years. He grew up in Provost Alberta and – as noted – started out in the field of community rec before heading into the oilpatch. He works in Wabasca these days, so is not available for daytime meetings. That will affect which committees he can serve on if re-elected. He has spent time in the past few years on the airport commission, the landfill commission, the municipal planning commission and protective services group.
Always big on community involvement, Busk figures council is “the ultimate way to give back. You step up to make the best possible decisions for your community.”

Joy McGregor for town council and schoolboard trustee

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Running for both school trustee and Town council might seem a bit much for some, but for Joy McGregor, the two coincide, so why not?
“I’m running for both positions as I feel schools and community go hand-in-hand,” she says. “If there is a consistent, willingness to listen and learn, and an experienced voice of the community, we will all be in a better place. And I’m a great person to do it! I am a born and raised resident who loves developing and fostering relations with all in the community.”
McGregor has held the trustee position with the High Prairie School Divison for the last four years and came out winning in the Town council byelection around 18 months ago.
“I want to continue on building external relationships with our partners on the First Nations reserves and Métis settlements as well as in the M.D. and surrounding communities in our division and region,” she says. “Working with the health in our community is important to me. I want to stay on this committee as we have lots of wrap-around services that both a trustee and councillor can advocate and lobby for. I will never make promises I can’t keep! I will however make this promise; I want to do what’s best for our community as a whole.”
As for what residents can expect from her, McGregor says she’s working to become a better communicator.
“I also want to continue to be supportive in communication at both the trustee level and Town council level. I want to do a better job at communicating out what happens on the boards I sit on,” she says. “I love my community and want the best of everything for everyone. I also know this comes with being fiscally responsible and making difficult decisions that don’t always make people happy, but when they have all the information that goes with it, I believe then at least they have the pieces to the puzzle.”
McGregor adds, “I believe I’m approachable (some may disagree but that’s okay) and I believe I’m visible in our community. I’m a little old fashion because face-to-face contact and meetings are my favourite way to listen to struggles and what the community wants me to hear.”



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