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Mayor & Council

Unofficial 2021 Election results are in. Read more.

Get to know your Town Council


Jamie Hoover, Mayor-Elect

Jamie and his family moved to the Town of Blackfalds in 2012, and soon after became involved in the community as a volunteer citizen member of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee. In that role for 4 years, he had the unique experience of being engaged in the path of both the present and future of this thriving and growing Town.

Jamie is a military veteran who served from 1990-2010 as both a full-time member of the military, as well as a “citizen soldier” in the reserves. He also worked in the Emergency Medical service as an EMT, and more recently owned and operated a busy local service business with a staff of up to 50.

Phone:  403.872.2555 | Email Jamie


Marina Appel, Councillor-Elect

Before being elected to Council, Marina was on the Recreation, Culture & Parks Board for four consecutive years; the last two of those as Chair. It gave her an in-depth understanding of how town business is conducted, and the relationships between our local, county and provincial governments. She is committed to being on a council that works as a cohesive team focused on growth, results, improvements and green initiatives. “My intention on council is to ensure we are a team that listens to our constituents, to both understand and implement changes that will benefit our growing town of Blackfalds.”

Phone:  587.377.0307 | Email Marina


Brenda Dennis, Councillor-Elect

Brenda is the 4th generation of her family to live in the Blackfalds area. She has volunteered for various organizations including Girl Guides, Blackfalds Minor Hockey, DIDS, Citizens on Patrol, Ag Society, fire department, Blackfalds Days and other groups. She served as Town Councillor for two terms from 1992 - 1998 and served on various boards during her tenure, including the Public Library board, Lacombe Foundation and the Lacombe Solid Waste and Development Appeal Board.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity and listen to our residents to benefit and enhance Blackfalds.  Look at the big picture of facilities, roadways and intersection planning, so fixing one thing doesn’t domino into a bigger problem down the road (literally)."

Phone: n/a| Email Brenda



Jim Sands, Councillor-Elect

Jim grew up in Red Deer and worked many years in the construction industry including electrical and sheet metal before moving into architectural finishing and special coatings. He studied Power Engineering and is now working in Commercial Property Management. He moved to Blackfalds in 2011, where he lives with his wife Lanette and raised their three children. 

His vision for Blackfalds includes a need for lower residential taxes, a need to look into utility costs for residents and business owners and to help implement programs in our town for a safer community and neighbourhoods. He also wants local businesses to expand and prosper and feels the town has a responsibility to our business owners. He will also work to solicit help from the provincial government to secure seniors' care and housing. 

Phone: n/a | Email Jim


Rebecca Stendie, Councillor-Elect

Rebecca, her spouse, and four children have called Blackfalds home since 2009. A former healthcare aid and foster parent, Rebecca is now a registered social worker. She has an extensive volunteer background and has worked with many not-for-profit organizations such as the Blackfalds Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and many more. “I believe in giving back to my community and going the extra mile to help those around me when I can.”

Rebecca has sat on over a dozen boards and committees, many of which she has chaired. This includes the Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice Committee, Family and Community Support Services, and the Blackfalds Healthcare Professionals Attraction and Retention Committee. As an experienced advocate and well-rounded speaker, Rebecca believes that “in order to affect positive change in the community of Blackfalds, we must consider socio-economics, determinants of health, and social innovation. Carefully making decisions with the needs of all residents in mind is responsible governing.”

Phone:  403.396.9730 | Email Rebecca


Laura Svab, Councillor-Elect

Laura and her husband moved to Blackfalds 17 years ago and chose to raise their 3 children in Blackfalds.  Before serving on Council, Laura volunteered for several boards including President of Friends of Iron Ridge Elementary Society,  Co-Chair of St. Gregory the Great Student Council, Parents of Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus Society, and a Spark and Brownie Leader for 3 years with Girl Guides. "I believe I can make a difference. When there is something that our town needs, I don’t sit there and watch, I dive right in, and if I need help, I’m not scared to ask. I believe my most important job will be to listen to our community members and communicate regularly with them."

Deputy Mayor Term: March 2021 to October 2021

Phone:  403.391.9485 | Email Laura


Amanda Valin, Councillor-Elect

Amanda and her husband moved to Blackfalds in 2015 because it was the perfect place to start and grow their family. She's attended community college, volunteered in humanitarian efforts abroad, became a small business owner, followed her passion and became an award-winning self-made fashion designer, as well as a published children’s author. She is a volunteer, a parent, a business owner, current Vice President for FIRES (Friends of Iron Ridge Elementary), former Board Member, Secretary, Vice President and President of the Optimist Club of Blackfalds and was a member of the Blackfalds Economic Development and Tourism Committee (EDTAC).

Her passion for Blackfalds prompted her to run for Council and she looks forward to engaging with her community.

Phone:  n/a | Email Amanda