Cost $25.00 for lunch
Our Speaker is Mayor Melissa Blake.
Melissa Blake - Mayor
After serving two terms as Regional Councillor for Ward 1 (Fort McMurray),
being elected Mayor on October 18, 2004 was deeply gratifying to Melissa
Blake. Being one of the top elected officials for such a vast municipality
brings with it tremendous challenge, but the responsibility is one she is
Mayor Blake's favorite colour is blue and her favorite animal is the
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is diverse on so many levels; it
is young, dynamic, and filled with opportunity. But for the most part, it is
the people living here that Melissa draws her inspiration from, and that
inspiration is simply to help make this the best place to be.
In addition to her regular council duties, she has served on a number of
committees, including those related to development, protective services,
community services, audit and budget, and the Wood Buffalo Housing and
Development Corporation. In her time on the WBHDC, she has seen the
completion of a number of initiatives for low income, social and supportive
housing, and perhaps more importantly, she remains a solid supporter of the
future endeavors of that organization.
Her commitment to the community began as soon as she arrived with her family
in 1982. In the past, she was an avid volunteer for a variety of local
organizations. Though the nature of her contributions has changed, she still
makes it a priority to support all she can for the betterment of the
communities she serves. She has also been linked to the community through
the numerous sporting activities she has participated in, as well as by her
other personal interests.
Melissa brings a range of experience from her corporate career including
public affairs, materials & services and human resources and she holds a
Bachelor of Administration degree from Athabasca University. She currently
resides in Timberlea with Peter Jurak and their young son Jackson.
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