Barb Miller is the new Chief Administrative Officer of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. That was reported back in November. She started Dec. 1 and has since been finding her way in the midst of strange COVID-induced circumstances.
“It’s a bit of a challenge,” says Miller.
Normally, the M.D. headquarters would be bustling with activity; thanks to the latest round of pandemic restrictions, it’s the office version of a ghost town, with as few as three people in the building. The normal office culture, which can help a new person find their way, is simply not there.
Having said that, however, Miller goes on to say everyone has been friendly and helpful and she’s happy to be here. More than happy, even.
“We feel blessed!” she says.
‘We’ is her and her husband John. They knew Lesser Slave Lake of old, having come here canoeing and camping years ago when they lived in Edmonton. Miller says when she was looking for a new job in municipal government last year, the MD of LSR one jumped right out at her.
“The area reminded us of home,” she says, mentioning the big lake in particular as being a significant factor.
Home for Miller is Cambridge, Ontario – not right on the Great Lakes, but not far either. John is a Newfoundlander. He’s semi-retired, she says, but “has one more build in him,” and that will be their new house in this area. Exactly where it will be has yet to be decided.
Miller came to Alberta in 1979 (“I was very young”). She earned a degree in applied business admin. from SAIT in Calgary. Since then she’s added various credentials in the accounting and management fields and continues to work on another one.
“I love learning,” Miller says. “And teaching and mentoring.”
Miller’s employment record includes stints in municipal government with the Town of Drumheller (six years as deputy CAO) six more years as CAO with the Town of Vauxhall and half a dozen more years with UFA as a senior financial auditor. The latter job offered her a chance to get to know the province, travelling around auditing UFA operations in various communities.
The Millers have two children, both grown and living in Lethbridge.
Outside of work, and the learning already mentioned, Miller says she and her husband enjoy camping, food and good conversation and spending “a lot of time with our dog Marley.”