Town Council members enjoy getting involved in the community. Here our Councillors have just finished decorating their flower pots for Communities in Bloom. Pictured left to right: Councillors Wade Bearchell, Mary Jane Harper, Murray Ball, Mayor Judy Dahl, Councillors Harvey Walsh, Debbie Bennett Dubak, and Arvin Bull.
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Council Profiles

The Town of Olds Elected Officials welcome you to Olds! Town Council is made up of seven community-minded individuals (one Mayor and six Councilors). Elections are held every four years in October, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. Please contact any member of Town Council with your compliments or concerns.


Mayor
Michael Muzychka

mmuzychka@olds.ca
403-438-0229
Michael Muzychka was born in Calgary and moved with his family to Olds in 1973. The Muzychka family were very involved in their new community and witnessed the growth and struggles of Olds first hand, especially through the 1980s. Following graduation, Michael moved back to Calgary to continue post-secondary studies. He graduated from SAIT in 1991 with a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Michael has owned his own restaurant, managed a Re/Max Real Estate Office, managed multiple auto dealerships and has worked in the accounting field since 2004. Following a yearning for small town living, Michael moved his accounting firm to Olds in 2013. Michael has been blessed with three children, Paige, Ethan and Izabella, and of course his partner Lisa Dobush. Michael is excited to bring his extensive and diverse experience in business to the Mayor's office.
Wade Bearchell
Councillor
Wade Bearchell

wbearchell@olds.ca
403-507-3329
Wade was elected to Town Council for the first time in the 2010 Civic Election. Wade has been the Head Professional and General Manager of the Olds Golf Club since 2003. He graduated in 1991 from the University of Alberta with a degree in Commerce. Wade has been a proud member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association since 1993. Together with his wife Sandy, and sons Spencer and Adam, they can be found in the arena in the winter months and baseball, basketball or golf in the summer. Olds has a tremendous culture of community service and Wade and his family have worked hard to participate in activities that contribute to our great town. In 2017-18, Wade will serve on the boards of the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission, Regional Inter-Municipal Planning Commission and the Assessment Review Board.
Debbie Bennett
Councillor Debbie
Bennett

dbennett@olds.ca
403-507-9768
Debbie grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and is an EMR - Emergency Medical Responder. Debbie has two sons, Brook and Parker. Debbie and her husband, Cor de Jonge, own Guardian Emergency Inc. an industrial medical standby and safety services company. Debbie moved to Olds in 2001 and loves this prairie town. The first thing she noticed was the large number of devoted volunteers, and the amazing projects that are undertaken! Volunteers are the soul of a town. Debbie was elected to council in 2010. Now in her third term, Debbie enjoys the challenges and rewards of being a Councillor. Olds continues to flourish - partnering with surrounding communities, providing citizens with a safe and welcoming community, and continuing to make improvements for the benefit of residents well into the future. Yes, it is easy to brag about Olds, Alberta!

Councillor
Wanda Blatz

wblatz@olds.ca
403-586-0166
Wanda Blatz has lived in the community since 1979, having been raised in Sundre. Many will know Wanda from working in the financial banking industry for 30+ years, and at the Town of Olds office for 7 years. She now works part time in an accounting office. Wanda brings a vast amount of experience with her as she served on the Board of Directors for Olds Co-op, 6 years as president. She has volunteered on the following boards: Olds Minor Hockey, Olds Minor Soccer, Olds Gymnastics, Olds Grizzlys, and was Parent Council Chair at the Deer Meadow School. Wanda has volunteered for many community groups and is looking forward to working with our volunteers and stakeholders, who make Olds a great community. Wanda, along with her husband Lyle, have raised their three children, Laural, Greg and Kirsten in Olds, and are now proud grandparents to grandaughter, Aubree. Wanda is honoured to have been elected to serve the people of Olds for the next 4 years. She looks forward to ensuring Olds is a community that future generations can live and thrive in.
Mary Jane Harper
Councillor
Mary Jane Harper

mjharper@olds.ca
403-556-0964
Mary Jane is serving her fourth term as councillor for the Town of Olds having been first acclaimed in 2008. A native of Olds, she has served on various boards and committees over the years including Olds Family and Community Support Services, Olds Institute for Community and Economic Development, Olds 2005 Centennial Homecoming Committee and the Olds Golf Club. She is a founding member and current director of the Olds and District Christmas Angels Society. Her previous political experience includes elected school trustee for the former Mountain View School Board and trustee for the Olds Hospital board. On the provincial scene, Mary Jane served a three year appointment as a public member to the Alberta Press Council and served 12 years on the board of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association as a director, president and past president of the 110 member organization. Professionally, Mary Jane has served as editor, staff writer and photojournalist to the third generation family-owned community newspaper "The Olds Gazette". The newspaper was sold in 2005. Mary Jane is currently a licensed realtor for a local real estate brokerage. Mary Jane is proud of our town and our citizens who help make the town a welcoming, vibrant community for all.
Mary Anne Overwater
Councillor
Mary Anne Overwater

maoverwater@olds.ca
403-556-5229
Mary Anne Overwater is going into her second term as councillor for the Town of Olds. Mary Anne was born and raised in Peace River Alberta and moved to Olds in 1992 with her husband Ray Stroshin and their two children Stephen and Jacqueline. Stephen is a Petroleum Technologist for Suncor, lives in Beaumont with his wife Lana and their two children Nicholas and Nolan. Her daughter Jacqueline is continuing her education at SAIT. Mary Anne's husband Ray passed away from cancer in 2003. Mary Anne married Joe Overwater in 2011 and between them they have four children and seven grandchildren. When Mary Anne and her family moved to Olds she worked at the Horizon School, the Olds (Ecole) Elementary School as a teacher's assistant, and the Bank of Montreal for 14 years retiring in 2012. While raising their children Mary Anne volunteered for Olds Minor Hockey, Olds Figure Skating and Olds Minor Ball, and at the schools their children attended. Mary Anne continues to be a volunteer with the Olds and District Hospice Society. Mary Anne enjoys curling, deep water aqua size, seniors fit class, yoga, reading, and especially her time with all of her family and friends. In 2013 Mary Anne was able to fulfill a passion and follow in her father's footsteps by entering Municipal Politics and was acclaimed to the Town of Olds Council. Mary Anne also has two of her sisters serving their communities as Deputy Mayor and Reeve. Over the next four years Mary Anne is appointed to the Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission (MVRWMC), Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP), Community Police Society, Emergency Disaster, Region Inter Municipal Subdivision and Appeal Board and will serve as an alternate for the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA). Mary Anne enjoys serving the residents of Olds and is looking forward to promoting the Town of Olds over the next four years.

Councillor
Heather Ryan

hryan@olds.ca
403-819-6028
Heather Ryan moved to Olds with her husband from Calgary in April 2014 and felt the best way to get to know the community was to get involved. So she joined the Olds Municipal Planning Commission and was on it for three years before being elected to town council on Oct. 16, 2017. Heather has been a journalist for more than 30 years starting as a reporter and editor on weekly newspapers before moving to daily newspapers - the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald as a copy editor. She is currently a website designer and freelance writer with clients in Canada and the U.S. As well, Heather has a small home-based dog boarding/sitting business - Olds Doggy Stay and is a member of the Olds Chamber of Commerce. Her previous community involvement includes being a member of two separate Parks and Recreation committees and, while on one, she was awarded the Celebration '88 Certificate of Merit for contributions to the community by the Government of Canada. Heather was also honoured with the Canada 125 Medal presented by the Government of Canada for volunteerism while a member of a West Edmonton community association. Heather feels Olds is great community to live, work and play and looks forward to helping shape its future as a member of Olds Town Council.

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