Mayor Robert Balay
In 2017 Robert ran for Council serving his 1st term as Councillor and then successfully campaigned for the Mayor’s position in 2021.
Coming from a farming background, Robert is a lifelong resident of the region and he and his family moved to Athabasca in 1999. Robert has over 34 years experience in public service working for the Town of Athabasca. He served as Public Works and Utilities Foreman, Superintendent of Public Works and Utilities, and as Manager and CAO of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex Society. During those years he served under 13 different Town and County Councils. Robert attained a vast amount of valuable experience in those positions and with this unique combination of experience and proven community leadership he will serve the town well as Mayor.
Robert's goals as Mayor are to make Athabasca a great place to live, raise a family, own a business or retire!
Councillor Ida Edwards
Councillor Sara Graling
Sara was born in Athabasca. In fact, both she and her father were delivered by Dr. Josephine Brown! Sara grew up in small towns around Alberta and returned to Athabasca to graduate from Edwin Parr Composite School in 1997. She went on to the University of Alberta to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with an Accounting major, before returning to Athabasca in 2009.
Sara works for Athabasca County, where she was introduced to municipal governance and administration and learned of the central role that the Municipal Government Act plays in guiding the operation, planning and growth of municipalities.
Sara loves her community for many reasons, including the beauty of the location and access to natural spaces. She is grateful for a strong volunteer community, something she considers to be the core of a community. She encourages everyone to find ways to stay connected during these challenging COVID times.
A lifelong resident of Athabasca, Jon believes in giving back to the community that has provided him with so much. Having made many connections here, he believes that, through collaboration with others, he can help bring the community together to ensure that it is continually growing.
Jon works for Aspen Primary Care Network as an exercise professional, in addition to running his own personal fitness training business. He works with all ages to help educate, motivate, and support his clients to live an overall healthy lifestyle.
As a member of Town Council, Jon wants to do his part to ensure that the Town is moving forward with new ideas to attract a variety of individuals to come and reside in this beautiful community. He desires to become an effective Councillor and is passionate about serving the residents of Athabasca responsibly and with energy and integrity.
Councillor David Pacholok
This is David's second consecutive term serving as a Town Councillor for the Town of Athabasca. The previous four years on Town Council have given him valuable insight and knowledge into the scope of time and effort required to effectively fulfil the duties of a Town Councillor.
A lifelong resident of Athabasca, he has developed a sincere appreciation for the many features and qualities that the town and the region have to offer to both residents and visitors.
Recently retired from business, David brings to Council an extensive background in private business and community volunteering.
Equipped with this comprehensive experience, he is dedicated to working hard to represent the Town of Athabasca and is committed to applying his skills and abilities towards the betterment of the community as a whole.
Councillor Loretta Prosser
Having been a resident of the Athabasca region for about 33 years, with the last 10 being in Athabasca, Loretta is familiar with the area and the concerns of the municipality. She has worked in the oil and gas sector and has a good understanding of the industry.
She currently works for Athabasca University (AU) as an Administrative Operations Assistant, Office of the Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. She is a member of the AU Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Loretta ran for Council because she wants to make a positive difference in the community. She recognizes that serving through local government is a way to make a beneficial, ground-level contribution. Her focus is on ensuring economic growth for the community.
She considers Athabasca to be a fantastic location and she believes we need to nurture our community and our community members right now. Her top priority is to focus on small businesses and help them succeed.
Councillor Edith (Edie) Yuill
Edie moved to Athabasca in 2013 to finish a 40-year career with Alberta Transportation; she retired on June 30, 2021. Over the course of her career, she received prestigious awards such as two Premiers Awards of Excellence plus an Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award and many certificate awards of excellence. Additionally, she has a certificate in Business Administration and various other certificates for training achievements.
Prior to coming here, she served two terms on Barrhead Town Council and she gained valuable experience serving on a variety of groups and organizations in that community and provincially.
Before moving to Athabasca, Edie passed through the community many times and became enamoured with the scenery, the wildlife and the people she met.
Edie looks forward to working with Mayor Balay and fellow Councillors to create a cohesive team and serve the community to the best of her ability.