Council Members

Mayor Maggie Kronen
Cllr. Rob Barfuss
Cllr. Dennis Barnes
Cllr. Richard Bengry
Cllr. Bill Creed
Cllr. Dave Edmonds
Cllr. Bill Peavoy

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Back Row: Cou. Edmonds, Cou. Barfuss, Cou. Peavoy, Cou. Creed, Jeff Shaw.
Front Row: Mayor Kronen, Cou. Bengry, Cou. Barnes, Marian Carlson.

Meeting Schedule

Council Committee of the Whole Meetings are regularly held at 4:00 PM on the First Tuesday of every month.The function of the Committee of the Whole is to discuss and debate the details of matters brought before Council prior to motions being tabled.
Regular Council Meetings are regularly held at 5:00 PM on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month.The function of Regular Council Meetings is to discuss, debate, and pass resolutions regarding matters brought before Council.
Special Council Meetings are held as determined necessary by Council. The function of Special Council Meetings is determined by Council prior to the meeting and is generally limited to very few matters (e.g., budget discussions, reviews of legislation, etc.)

Making a Presentation to Council

If you or a group wish to come to Council to make a request or discuss an issue, the following steps are required prior to attending the meeting:

  1. Contact the Town of Cardston CAO to request time on an upcoming agenda. Please phone the Town office at 403-653-3366.
  2. Provide a written submission to the Town office no later than the Thursday prior to the meeting you have been assigned to attend. Please let the Town know if you have audio/visual requirements or computer requirements well in advance of the presentation. If a donation is being requested, please fill out a donation request form (available at the Town Office) and submit with the written proposal.
  3. Designate 1 spokesperson for the group if more than one person is attending. Council meetings are not public hearings or town hall meetings, and normally one designated spokesperson is appropriate to present the issue.
  4. Please make sure that the presentation clearly spells out the issue of concern or specifically makes the request for the desired action or item.
  5. Normally, 10 -15 minutes is allocated for delegations to speak, and time is allocated for questions from Council members.
  6. Following the presentation and questions, the delegation will be excused to the gallery, whereby you may choose to stay for the remainder of the meeting or you may leave.
  7. Town Administration will follow up with any instructions from Council following the meeting.

Please note, that the public is welcome to attend all Council meetings at any time without any notice to Council or Administration. This procedure is only if the party wishes to make a formal presentation to Council. 


Council Biographies

Mayor Maggie Kronen

Maggie moved to Cardston in the summer of 2008 where she intended to retire and live a quiet life with her husband Don. She completed a teaching career that started in B.C in 1985 and that ended in 2008 in Belgium where she served for five years as Principal of the Canadian Military School on a NATO base. Maggie had a varied professional experience prior to embracing the field of education. She worked in banking and co-owned and operated two businesses with her husband.

Maggie graduated from high school in South France and started her University studies in Nice, France and then studied Economics in Paris where she earned the equivalent to a Bachelor of Economics Degree. While in Paris, she concurrently studied for two years at the Institute of Political Sciences. While in Canada, Maggie earned a Letter of Accomplishment from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. In 1983, while in B.C., she decided on a career change and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master of Arts. 

After moving to Cardston, Maggie started to offer her time as a volunteer in the community. She presently still serves her community in the Auxiliary for the Hospital and her Church in various capacities. In 2010, Maggie was encouraged by her friends to enter local politics. She has received great support from the citizens of this town and she feels it a privilege to be able to serve as the Mayor of Cardston. 

Maggie loves working as a member of Council. She is an eager team player, determined to analyze facts to understand problems, plans and projects. She believes in being proactive and in searching for new creative and beneficial ideas. She is resolute in seeking fiscally responsible solutions. Above all she believes in transparency at all levels and in regular and open communication with Council members and the citizens whom she serves. 

Councillor Bill Creed

Bill was born and raised in Cardston, graduating from Cardston High school in 1968. As a youth he was active in scouting and earned the highest scouting awards available at that time. Through scouting Bill learned about and gained an appreciation for citizenship. 

He attended Washington State University starting in 1968-69. After serving a two-year mission to Colorado, he returned to WSU, completing bachelor degrees in Architecture and Construction Management. While there he met and married his sweetheart, Wendy Johnson (from Colville, Wash.) and brought her home to Cardston after they both had graduated.

Since returning to Cardston, Bill has been mostly self-employed. He worked under contract with the Town of Cardston for the maintenance of the Cardston Cemetery for 20 years. He has also been employed for maintenance at the Chinook Lodge and Temple City Villa. Now retired, he is serving a service mission with the LDS Church. Bill has served in scouting over the years and has participated many years in Community Theater. 

Bill ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2002, but succeeded in winning a council seat in 2010 and was reelected in 2013 for his second term.

Bill and Wendy raised seven children and now have twenty-five grand children and counting.

Councillor Richard Bengry

Born and raised in Cardston, he Graduated from Cardston High school and went on to pursue further education at Lethbridge Community College in Recreation Therapy. He graduated from S.A.I.T technical campus in Calgary as Journeyman Automotive Technician with interprovincial Red Seal status, and over the course of 47 years worked in the automotive industry, and instructed automotives at the College level, successfully apprenticing many young men in automotives to journeyman status.  

Richard is semi retired, but does contract work as an Inside Property Maintenance Professional, sub-contracting out to a large Property Management Company in Lethbridge Alberta. He and his wife, Janice Neilson Bengry, are the proud parents of 3 children, and 11 grandchildren. 

This is not Richard's first term on Town Council. He previously served as a Councillor from 2006-2010, developed the C.O.P. program for Cardston, Magrath, and the village of Glenwood, and is one of the founding members of the Local television station, Channel 10.

Currently Richard serves on the Police Ad-hoc Committee, Audit Committee, Chinook Foundation (which includes Temple City Villa and Diamond Willow Terrace), Airport Committee, Cardston Emergency Services Committee, and The Mormon Trail Tourist Initiative Committee.

Richard truly loves his community, and continues to look at different ways he may help make it a prosperous, safe, and family oriented place for people to raise a family.

 

Councillor Rob Barfuss

Rob was born in Cardston, raised in Medicine Hat, and in 2003 moved with his wife, Melanie, and their four kids to Cardston.  Rob and Melanie currently have three of their children attending University in Utah, and a daughter still at home attending Cardston Jr High. Rob has owned and managed his own Financial Planning business for 24 years and has the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation.

Rob has served on various boards (President Cardston Minor Football, President Raymond Golf Course, Cardston Economic Development & Tourism) prior to being elected to Town Council in 2013.

Councillor Dennis Barnes

Dennis Barnes was born in 1948 in Toronto Ontario and was raised in Southern Ontario. At age 24 he took a giant step to move west to Alberta in 1973. Just a couple days after arriving in Lethbridge area he found work on a ranch in Orton just East of Fort Macleod and eventually found his way to Cardston in the summer of 1973. Dennis found work with the Cardston School Division as a Caretaker at the Glenwood School for a year or so and then came back to Cardston to work with Rex Miller at the Beaver Lumber outlet and has had various work experiences that have kept him in the Cardston area. Dennis met his wife Diane in Raymond in February 1975 and they were married on May 15,1975. They have lived most of the past 39 years in Cardston except for a brief one and a half years back in Southern Ontario. They have raised 3 boys and 2 girls and have been blessed with 8 grandsons and 7 grand-daughters. Dennis graduated from High School with a four year trades diploma majoring in Drafting. He has two diplomas from Lethbridge College one as a Construction Technician and a two year diploma in Public Relations and Advertising and several years of Social Studies education from the University of Lethbridge. He moved to Alberta because work was difficult to find and keep. Since moving here work has not been an issue and Dennis has worked for himself for the past 30 years or so with the past 18 & 1/2 years as a professional Realtor and currently works with Realty Executives Devonshire. 

Dennis and Diane have been actively involved in the political process since the 1980’s and have been promoters of good responsible government here in Cardston. Diane was on the Federal Lethbridge Conservative Riding Association for three years and Dennis was very supportive of her endeavor there. Dennis has been a trustee with the Cardston Library Board for almost 14 years and served for approximately 23 years as a Temple Worker in the Cardston Temple. He currently is serving his first term as a councillor with the Cardston Town Council and is enjoying the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cardston. In his role as a Town Councillor he serves on several boards. These include Town representative to the Jim and Mary Kearl Library Board, Town Representative on the Chinook Arch Regional Library Board, Cardston Emergency Services Board (Fire Department) and the Cardston Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Councillor Dave Edmonds

Dave was born in England and moved to Canada after the WWII. He lived in Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas for 25 years. After high school, he obtained a degree in Radio Communications and then worked for twenty years on recording and transcription equipment. He moved to Calgary in 1970 and began working at the Foothills Hospital in 1980, eventually becoming the manager of the Biomedical Engineering Department which was expanded to include all hospitals in Calgary after regionalization. 

In 2002 Dave retired and moved to Cardston. He served as president of the Cardston Historical Society for three years and then in 2010 he was elected to the Town Council and re-elected in 2013. 

Dave and his wife Elaine have been married for 40 years, and have one son and two daughters. He enjoys gardening, doing research, archiving, and family history.