Town Committees

Boards and Committees

A Council committee means a committee, commission, board or other body established by a Council under the Municipal Government Act. They include dedicated volunteers from our local community who contribute their ideas, vision and expertise to move important community projects forward.

A minimum of one Council member also serve on each committee along with members of the Community at large. On many Committees, there are also members of specific organizations from the community who contribute their expertise and knowledge in various fields. 

Council also represents the Town on a number of boards for non-profits and other societies. 

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Committee Vacancies

The Town of Cardston is currently seeking for volunteers from the community to serve as members on the following committees:

  • Golf Course Advisory Committee (1 position)
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee (quorum needed)

  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (3 Town Resident At-Large positions)
  • Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Board (1 County Resident At-Large position)

One of the best ways to get involved in making our Town a better place is to join a committee that shares your interests. You can get involved as a committee member, as a volunteer, or on specific projects. If you have ideas that you would like to see realized, bringing your ideas to the appropriate committee is the best way to sound out your idea and get support for it.

The Golf Course Advisory Board advises on matters pertaining to the overall operation of the Lee Creek Golf Course. They also provide advice on the future of the Lee Creek Golf Course and any other matters which relate to the challenge of continued improvements of this excellent community facility including: strategic planning and capital infrastructure improvements.

The Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee will be tasked with advising Council on how to best implement the Calls To Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada that specifically apply to local governments. Read the bylaw linked above for details.

The Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee advises and pursues matters pertaining to the parks and green spaces as well as programming concerning recreation for the Town of Cardston.  

The Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Board plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a FCSS program within the mandates established by the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA).  The Board works with the FCSS Director and Town Administrative staff to set and approve an annual budget for the FCSS program and makes recommendations, adjustments, and approves funding amounts for the external programs and agencies operated under FCSS.

If you feel you are suited to serve on either of these committees, please download the application form below and submit it using one of the methods indicated on the form.

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Council Committees

A Council Committee is a committee, board or other body established by a council under the Municipal Government Act. Council Committees are established by bylaw, and council may also establish the functions of the committee or body and the procedures to be followed by it (see Part 5 of the MGA)

The following are Town of Cardston Council Committees:

Committee Name Establishing Bylaw
Indigenous Relations Liaison Committee Bylaw #1706
Regional Assessment Review Board Bylaw #1702
Cardston County Regional Emergency Advisory Committee Bylaw #1698
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Board Bylaw #1683
Chinook Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw #1682
Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) Committee Bylaw #1676
Truth and Reconciliation Committee Bylaw #1672
Golf Course Advisory Committee Bylaw #1665
Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Board Bylaw #1663
Emergency Services Authority (CCES) Bylaw #1611
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Bylaw #1584
Library Board Bylaw #1539
Municipal Subdivision and Development Authority Bylaw #1478

*Click on the committee names to see a dossier.

Other Agencies, Boards and Committees

In addition to the Council Committees above, Town Councillors also sit on several other committees. 

Organization Name Organization Type
Citizen of the Year ad-hoc 
Policing Committee ad-hoc
Policy Review Committee ad-hoc
Aetna/Leavitt Irrigation (AB Irrigation Districts Association) Alberta Non-profit
Cardston Agricultural Society Alberta Non-profit
Cardston and District Chamber of Commerce Alberta Non-profit
Chinook Foundation Alberta Non-profit
Community Futures Network of Alberta - Southwest Board Alberta Non-profit
Historical Society Alberta Non-profit
Cardston Community Handi-Bus Association Alberta Non-profit
Pow Wow Committee Inter-Municipal
Cardston/Cardston County Donation Joint Council Committee  Inter-Municipal
Mayors and Reeves of Southern Alberta Inter-Municipal
4 Mayors and CAO's Inter-Municipal
Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Services Commission AB REG. 33/2020
Oldman River Regional Services Commission AB REG. 303/2003
Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance REDA
South Grow Regional Initiative REDA

 

Elected Officials Appointment to Various Authorities/Boards/Committees

ALBERTA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL ALLIANCE
Mandate:
Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance Ltd. (AlbertaSW) is a Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA) of 16 communities working together to help each other succeed.
Meetings: First Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM monthly at various communities.
Administrative Support: NA
Councillor(s) assigned: Tim Court

CARDSTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
Mandate: Management of the Cardston Agridome and all events hosted there.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Second Thursday at 7:00 PM; Chair report annually.
Administrative Support: Ag Society Secretary
Councillor(s) assigned: John Grainger

CARDSTON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES (CCES)
Mandate: To manage fire and ambulance services For the Town of Cardston, County of Cardston, and Villages of Glenwood and Hillspring.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: First Thursday at 5:30 PM; Administration report annually.
Administrative Support: CCES Secretary
Councillor(s) assigned: Paula Brown, John Grainger

CARDSTON AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mandate: Collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits inspiring stories, objects and archival materials that illustrate the founding and development of Cardston and surrounding area.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Fourth Thursday at 7:00 PM; Chair report annually.
Administrative Support: Ag Society Secretary
Councillor(s) assigned: John Grainger

CHIEF MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SOLID WASTE COMMISSION (CMRSWC)
Mandate: Manage regional landfill and transportation of all solid waste from municipal transfer stations to the landfill.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Second Wednesday at 4:30 PM; Council report.
Administrative Support: CMRSWC Secretary
Councillor(s) assigned: Allan Burton

CHINOOK FOUNATION
Mandate: Management, operation, and maintenance of Senior's and Social Housing accommodation in the Towns of Cardston (Chinook Lodge & Temple City Villa) and Magrath, Cardston County, and the Villages of Glenwood and Hillspring.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: First Monday at 6:00 PM; Council report.
Administrative Support: NA
Councillor(s) assigned: Tim Court, Jared Kenly

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR COMMITTEE
Mandate: To review nominations and select the recipients of the Citizen of the Year awards for the annual Heritage Days celebrations. Committee consists of award recipients from the previous year and the Mayor of Cardston. 
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Once annually just prior to Heritage Days; NA.
Administrative Support: Terah Thesen
Councillor(s) assigned: Maggie Kronen

TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
Mandate: To plan, implement and evaluate the tourism and economic development program for the Town of Cardston.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: First Monday at 4:30 PM, monthly; Chair report annually.
Administrative Support: William Asiimwe
Councillor(s) assigned: Paula Brown

CARDSTON COUNTY REGIONAL EMERGENCY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Mandate: To guide the creation, implementation and evaluation of the regional emergency management program and plan, related plans and programs, and to advise Council on the development of the aforementioned plans and programs.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: About twice a year; Administration report annually.
Administrative Support: CAO
Councillor(s) assigned: Jared Kenly

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)
Mandate: Agreement between Her Majesty in Right of Alberta and Town of Cardston to provide for the establishment, administration, and operation of a Family and Community Support Services Program in accordance with the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.  Requires one member.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: First Wednesday at 7:00 PM monthly; Chair report twice annually.
Administrative Support: Terah Thesen – FCSS Director
Councillor(s) assigned: Marsha Jensen

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Mandate: To advise Council on the opportunities and requirements for the operation of the Golf Course.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Ad Hoc; Administration report annually.
Administrative Support: Golf Course Manager
Councillor(s) assigned: Jared Kenly

INDIGENOUS RELATIONS LIAISON COMMITTEE
Mandate: To liaise between Council and neighboring indigenous governments.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: As needed; Report to Council.
Administrative Support: 
Councillor(s) assigned: Paula Brown, Tim Court

INTER-MUNICIPAL COLLABORATION FRAMEWORK COMMITTEE
Mandate: To negotiate on behalf of the Town in all negotiations between the Town of Cardston and Cardston County in regards to inter-municipal collaboration framework.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Irregular, about twice a year; Council report.
Administrative Support: CAO
Councillor(s) assigned: Maggie Kronen, John Grainger, Marsha Jensen.

SHARED COMMUNITY DONATIONS JOINT COUNCIL COMMITTEE
Mandate: To review applications for donations applicable to both the Town of Cardston, and Cardston County.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: April and August of each year as needed; Council report.
Administrative Support: CAO
Councillor(s) assigned: Maggie Kronen, Jared Kenly.

LIBRARY COMMITTEE
Mandate: Management of the Library.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Third Monday at 5:00 PM.
Administrative Support: Head Librarian
Councillor(s) assigned: Marsha Jensen.

MAYORS AND REEVES
Mandate: Mayors and Reeves from across Southern Alberta meet to discuss issues that affect their municipalities and collectively agree on solutions to issues that arise.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: First Friday monthly, 1:00 PM at Lethbridge City Hall
Administrative Support: NA
Councillor(s) assigned: Maggie Kronen

4 MAYORS AND CAO’s
Mandate: Inter-municipal Committee of the Mayors and CAO’s of Cardston, Magrath, Raymond and Stirling.
Meetings/Reporting frequency:
Administrative Support: CAO
Councillor(s) assigned: Mayor Kronen

MUNICIPAL SUBDIVISION  & DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY
A.k.a: Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
Mandate: To process subdivision and development applications and advise on discretionary uses of respective land use districts.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Second Thursday at 5:15 PM; Council Report.
Administrative Support: Nolan Card – Development Officer
Councillor(s) assigned: Allan Burton

OLDMAN RIVER REGIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION (ORRSC)
Mandate: Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and Bylaw #1647.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Quarterly, first Thursday at 6:00 PM.
Administrative Support: ORRSC
Councillor(s) assigned: Allan Burton

PARKS & RECREATION
Mandate: Advise council on Park and Recreation priorities.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Quarterly, first Thursday; Council report.
Administrative Support: Terah Thesen
Councillor(s) assigned: TBD

POLICING
Mandate: Deliberate on policing priorities in the Town of Cardston.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Irregular; Council report, RCMP quarterly report.
Administrative Support:
Councillor(s) assigned: Allan Burton, Tim Court

POLICY REVIEW
Mandate: Review all Council Policies and make recommendations to Council.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Annual; Council report.
Administrative Support: CAO
Councillor(s) assigned: Paula Brown, Tim Court

POW WOW
Mandate: Organize the annual Cardson-Kainai Pow Wow.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Irregular; Annual report to Council.
Administrative Support: Terah Thesen
Councillor(s) assigned: Mayor Kronen

REGIONAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD
Mandate: Oldman River Regional Services Commission and Municipalities within the region jointly established a Regional Assessment Review Board (Bylaw #1702) to exercise the functions of a Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) and the function of a Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act in respect of assessment complaints made by taxpayers of a Regional Member Municipality; Requires one Council member and one alternate member.
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Annually if assessment appeals are received; NA.
Administrative Support: ORRSC
Councillor(s) assigned: Maggie Kronen

SOUTHGROW REGIONAL INITIATIVE
Mandate: To accelerate and enhance quality of life, development and sustainability for the communities of the SouthGrow region of Alberta. website
Meetings/Reporting frequency: Monthly; Council report.
Administrative Support: NA
Councillor(s) assigned: Marsha Jensen