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Biography of Gerry Keane
I would like to introduce myself to all the residents of the Summer Village of Larkspur. This marks my third term on council and am very happy to be part of the team. I would like to tell you a little about me.
After a five-year career as an accountant for the Bank of Nova Scotia, I joined the R.C.M.P. where I spent twenty-five years serving Albertans. My training with Canada’s federal police force included general duties, highway patrol, general investigative services, commercial crime and polygraph. I retired as a sergeant then worked for the Province of Alberta with the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission in senior management. I am now mostly retired however still complete some contract work with the University of MacEwan, instructing in their investigations and police studies programs.
Through my work, I have gained training and experience in management, developed a comprehensive understanding of many provincial and federal laws, and have developed effective leadership skills. I am an ethical, honest and moral person who uses a reasonable and interest-based approach to solving problems, basing decisions on factual and current information. I am a “people person” and have come to know many of the residents in the Summer Village during our years here through our social interactions with them. I have a strong desire to make this world a better place to live in for our generation and the generations to follow, and this concern echoes through my thoughts and concerns about our beautiful lake and summer village.
Biography of Nick Tywoniuk
Thirty-one years of experience with Government of Canada as a Civil Engineer, at working level to executive positions; 25 years with Environment Canada, 6 years with Public Works Canada.
Twenty years of experience as owner and operator of Atymes Management Ltd., consulting in areas of environmental and civil engineering and, more recently, in mediation and arbitration.
Extensive experience in public and private sectors, including international and multi-party. Patient, pragmatic conflict-resolution style. Completed about 500 mediations and about 50 arbitrations (including tribunals) in recent years, involving engineering, construction, business, labor, lands and resource use, contracts, insurance and oil and gas. Active in civil courts mediation program, Environmental Appeals Board and in other public and private programs. Past president of Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, past Board member of ADR Institute of Canada. Believe in timeliness, quality and value for money.
I am currently working, part time, on several provincial, administrative-judicial boards (Environmental Appeals, Land Use Appeals, Business Licensing, Law Society of Alberta) and on private sector conflict resolution files (construction, inter-municipal, government-contractor disputes).
Marilyn and I, and our families, have enjoyed our cabin, and our ‘lake’ friends and neighbors, at SV Larkspur, for the past 21 years. I am semi-retired and have served Larkspur for the past two years, last year as Mayor. I am honored to have been re-elected and look forward to putting my education and experience to use for the benefit of residents of the Summer Village of Larkspur.
Biography of Greg Drechsler
I’ve spent my adult years living & working in “the city” however grew up in small towns in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Being part of the Summer Village of Larkspur for the past 5 years brings me back to my beginnings. Getting to know our wonderful Larkspur neighbours and new friends here has been a special opportunity and has been wonderfully relaxing. My career has been in the printing industry and I have had an ownership interest in a Canadian wide printing company (Factor Forms & Labels) for 27 years. I’m semi retired and look forward to doing my bit to preserve and enhance the special village that we all share.
I have extensive experience in negotiating contracts, the ability to communicate effectively with people, am decisive and I believe I have a high level of Integrity. I enjoy problem solving and I believe in looking at all issues to see if they can be improved upon.
This is my first term on council and I am excited to have been elected and look forward to working with Gerry, Nick & Marion.