Dana Swigart

Title: Ward 5 Councillor
Phone: 780-573-9095
Dana Swigart

Ward 5
Ward 5 encompasses the Hilda Lake, Ethel Lake, Crane Lake, Riverhurst, Alexander, and Ardmore communities.

Personal Background:
My wife Barb and I moved to Ardmore from Calgary in 1978. We raised our two daughters, Jayme and Stacy, in Ardmore, and now have four grandchildren, two in Ardmore and two in Calgary. I enjoy keeping busy with grandchildren, automotive work, woodwork, cycling, did I mention grandchildren and generally keeping fit. I studied Karate in both Cold Lake and Bonnyville, where I acquired a Black Belt after years of training. I am active on the Ardmore Volunteer Fire Department with 30 years of service.

Employment Background: I worked many jobs during my younger years in Calgary. The jobs ranged from construction in Calgary, to a lumber mill in Radium B.C., to seismic oil exploration from Southern Alberta to the Arctic, and then the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. My last job was working for the Department of National Defence on 4 Wing Cold Lake at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE). I was a civilian Data Project Engineer for 34 years, working on numerous flight test and systems test programs.

Reasons for Sitting on Council: I have always been active in the community. I was chairman of the Ardmore Community Society Board, the Ardmore School Parent Advisory Committee and the Municipal District of Bonnyville`s Rural Recreation Board prior to the M.D. hiring a full time Director to look after recreation. I am Chief of the Ardmore Volunteer Fire Department and have been for 12 years. I now have the time and energy to commit to the community, and therefore decided to run for Council.

Term Goals & Priorities: I would like to see the M.D. provide more in terms of recreation throughout the M.D. This could consist of more green space parks and playground equipment in hamlets and new subdivisions. I would like to see investment in multi-use paved trails throughout the M.D. that can be used by youth, moms with strollers and seniors for cycling, walking and jogging. I would like to see Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort become a year-round recreation park with the possibility of such things as zip lines and a skate board park.

I wish to see more planned growth within the Hamlet of Ardmore and hope to see the M.D. support that growth.

I am open minded, energetic, and committed to listening to the concerns of all citizens in Ward 5 and to ensure that the M.D. does its best to deal with concerns of all residents.  

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