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Drumheller welcomes new Corporate Services director

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Drumheller administration and Town council officially welcomed Victoria Chan as the Town’s new Corporate Services director during the regular Monday, October 16 council meeting.
While Ms. Chan will be responsible for the Town’s finances and budget preparations, the role also encompasses other responsibilities, including recreation and community services.
“I’m so delighted and feel very privileged. The team and staff at the Town office are professionals and dedicated,” she tells the Mail.
Ms. Chan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also holds a Master of Law degree, and has extensive experience at multiple government levels, from federal and provincial, to territorial, First Nations, and municipal. Prior to accepting the position in Drumheller, Ms. Chan served as the Corporate Services director of Woodlands County, located northwest of Edmonton in north-central Alberta.
“It is a challenge to work in a relatively medium-sized municipality that serves half a million tourists a year,” she says. “It is similar to all those other resort and tourist towns across Canada--how you can maintain the service level, how you can continue to attract tourists, but then in the meantime also address the infrastructure deficit. It is a challenge, and I’m definitely looking forward to that challenge.”
She adds that with the position focusing also on Community Services and Recreation, she will not only be focused on the numbers-driven side of the municipal landscape, but will also focus on the “soft, human side of it.”
While her career has been focused on finances and accounting, Ms. Chan says the move to Drumheller will fulfill another, personal niche with her love of dinosaurs, and she is looking forward to being closer to family and friends in Calgary.

Drumheller RCMP issue winter travel advisory

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Drumheller RCMP have issued a winter travel advisory on Monday, October 23 with snow flurries in the forecast.
With the cold and extreme weather season approaching, Drumheller RCMP remind the public to take proper precautions for winter travel.
Staff Sergeant Rob Harms shares motorists should plan, exercise caution, be diligent and consider the following:
Always check and monitor weather and road conditions before embarking – ensure it is safe and appropriate to travel;
Ensure that your vehicle is in good running condition and that tires are appropriate for the conditions;
Ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and is kept as full as possible during long journeys;
Always carry a cell phone and charger in your vehicle;
Dress for the current and expected weather conditions;
Keep a first aid kit, shovel, and booster cables in your vehicle;
Carry a winter kit in your vehicle including extra clothing, blankets, food, and water, and
Drive to the road conditions and exercise caution in winter conditions.
For current information on road and travel conditions, log onto 511 Alberta, for road safety and precautions, log onto

Don Ostergard honoured by Drumheller aviation community

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An integral contributor to the aviation community in Drumheller was honoured with a plaque reflecting his dedication to the airport and aviation.
Don Ostergard has been a part of the flying community for decades. In fact, he learned to fly in Drumheller in 1976.
Since then, his flying adventures have taken him to all corners of the continent, from Panama all the way up to the Arctic coast. His wife Carol is also a pilot, although she had let her privileges lapse a few years ago.
On Friday, October 6, he was joined by the flying community, his family, the Municipal Airport Commission, Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski as a plaque was unveiled.
“I find I do not deal well with having a fuss made over me! However, the recognition that has been granted to me is very, very much appreciated. I just am not sure if I deserve all the praise,” Ostergard tells the Mail.
His flying adventures are just a small part of what he has done for the airport. He has been on the Commission for decades, bringing up more than issues, but solutions to make the aerodrome better.
This includes researching and lobbying for navigation equipment and always lending a hand. He is a wealth of knowledge for the community.

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“I believe I did a lot of pushing and ‘pot stirring’ while on the Airport Commission, but it was Pat and Catherine Bonneville, who stepped up to the plate, so to speak and implemented so many of the improvements that we have seen lately. And also dealt with so many items that had been allowed to fall into disrepair due to inadequate maintenance or outright neglect. They are the real heroes in this story,” said Ostergard.
With all the work that has been accomplished, he feels the airport is a stronger asset to the community.
“We now have a first-class Instrument Approach and Landing System. This, combined with the recent repaving and new runway lighting system, makes Drumheller a true all-weather airport,” he said. “We are already seeing a significant increase in the usage by fixed-wing air ambulances. All that remains now is to upgrade our weather reporting capabilities at the airport. We are most of the way there already, we just need to make those ‘few last steps.’”
A spinoff is the amount of travel the airport receives from people coming to the valley to visit.
“With all the work that has been done at the airport, we now have a first-class facility, which has resulted in Drumheller being a real destination for air tourism. During the summer months, we find visitors flying in from all over Canada and the USA,” he said. “I have had the fortunate experience of being at the airport during one of our meetings when a planeload of tourists dropped in. Mayor Colberg happened to be out on the ramp at the time, so she strode up to them and said, ‘Welcome to Drumheller. I'm the Mayor. Is there anything you'd like to know about?’ They stayed an extra day.”
It appears his flying days have come to an end.
His familiar 1959 Piper Comanche has been sold, ending an era.
“It hurt a bit to sell the plane and leave aviation, but I wanted the decision to be mine alone. I had lots of time left on my medical, but I no longer felt comfortable flying, so I quit while I was ahead. I have always been pretty good at ‘turning the page’ when leaving a part of my life behind. And the plane went to a very good home in Swalwell, Alberta.”


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