Meet the Town Council

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Councilor Frank Taylor

This is my third term on the Town of Minnedosa Council. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of our community. I look forward to the challenges and rewards the next four years bring. I have lived in Minnedosa all my life, and after my marriage in 1977, my wife and myself raised our two daughters here. I was employed by the Town of Minnedosa as the Water and Waste Water Supervisor until my retirement in 2010.

I am Deputy Mayor, the Chairperson of the Planning and Development Services Committee of Council, a member of the Public Works and Utilities Committee, a member of the Minnedosa Community Archives, a member of the Tanner’s Crossing Planning District Board and represent council on the Evergreen Environmental Technologies Inc Board.

Address: Box 664
Email: ftaylor@minnedosa.com
Phone: 204-867-2245

Councilor Grant Butler

This is my first term as a town-elected Councillor.  My roots to Minnedosa go back to the mid 1960’s when my family came to Minnedosa every summer, as we were very active with the Minnedosa Mallards Water Ski Club.  Since 1987, I have lived in Minnedosa and have been employed with the Rolling River School Division as school administrator, and am currently Director of Instruction, Curriculum and Technology. I am married to Kim, and together we have 7 kids who were all raised in Minnedosa.

I chair the Public Works & Utilties Committee, am a member of the General Government Services Committee, the Planning & Development Services committee, and represent council on the Minnedosa & District Foundation board and the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District board.

Email: gbutler@minnedosa.com

Councilor Jim Dowsett

I first served the Town of Minnedosa as a Councillor from 1983 to 1989.  I became the Assistant Administrator from 1993 to 1998.

In 1998, I accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Killarney and Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain where I retired in December, 2016.

My wife Donna and I relocated to Minnedosa in November 2017. We have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Presently I am the Chairperson for the General Governmental Services standing committee and sit on the Recreation and Cultural Services standing committee.  I represent Council on the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre Board and the Minnedosa Area Community Development Corporation Board.

Email: jdowsett@minnedosa.com

Councilor Mark Blais

Mark Eugene Blais born in Minnedosa July 1958. My father Gene was in the RCMP and my mother Evon was a registered nurse. They currently reside in Winnipeg. I am the eldest of 3 boys, relocating with my father’s job, we lived in 11 different communities in Manitoba. I spent my high school years at St. Vladimir’s Minor Seminary in Roblin. I participated in all sports and traveled with Ukrainian dancing and choir.

I was married in Winnipeg in 1980 to my wife Jan (Smellie). We welcomed our first child in 1982, our daughter Laci, then our son Luke was born in 1984. We have 5 grandsons that all live and attend school in Minnedosa. We moved our family from Winnipeg to Minnedosa in 1995, where I bought the 7-11 building and established our business “Blazers”. I operated my business for 22 years where I made many valuable friends and customers. I retired in 2017 when I sold the business. My time is now occupied by a variety of sports and activities. In the summer I play golf, go camping and boating, while my winter is spend downhill skiing, playing hockey and snowmobiling. I find myself very fortunate to be able to enjoy all these activities with my family and friends in the valley life of Minnedosa.

I chair the Recreation & Cultural Services Committee, am a member of the General Government Services Committee, a member of the Protective Services Committee, the Planning & Development Services Committee, represent council on the Minnedosa & District Recreation Board, Minnedosa Centennial Handivan Board, Tanner’s Crossing Planning District Board, Minnedosa Tourism and Spruce Plains Justice Committee.

Email: mblais@minnedosa.com

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Councilor Rick Saler

I have resided in the Minnedosa area all of my life. I am married and have a daughter and son-in-law with a grandson and granddaughter that live in Winkler. I also have a son and daughter-in-law with two granddaughters that reside in Minnedosa. Currently I am employed by Tri-Wave Construction Company as an equipment operator.

I chair the Protective Services Committee, am a member of the Recreation & Cultural Services Committee, represent council on the Minnedosa & District Veterinary Services Board, the Minnedosa Golf & Curling Complex Board, and the Minnedosa & District Health Foundation Board

Address: Box 38
Email: rsaler@minnedosa.com

Councilor Tom Dowsett

I love long walks on the wonderful trails in Minnedosa.  I love reading books from Minnedosa Regional Library.  I love the sound of skates on ice at Skate the Lake.  I love learning our history at Minnedosa Heritage Village and Museum.

I would love it, for those that do not live here, to visit Minnedosa and share the experience of our wonderful town!

Standing Committees:

Public Works and Utilities
Protective Services

Boards:

Minnedosa Regional Library
Minnedosa Heritage Village and Museum
Minnedosa and District Service to Seniors
Yellowhead Regional Employment Skills & Services

I am honoured to serve the citizens of Minnedosa.

Email: tdowsett@minnedosa.com

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Mayor Pat Skatch

First elected to Town Council in 2006, now in my fourth term.

Raised on the family farm at Basswood, graduated from MCI in Minnedosa. Married to Brian, we have two sons and six grandchildren.

Work part time for Royal Bank.

I look forward to the next four years.

Email: pskatch@minnedosa.com