Councillor Don Westman was born on April 25, 1949 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Don lived on a farm outside of Kenaston, Saskatchewan until he graduated from High School. Don moved to Alberta in 1969. Don and his wife, Barb were married in 1971 and have four adult children, one daughter in-law, one son in-law and two grandsons.
Don moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 1976 where he became a Correctional Officer at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. Don has taken numerous courses including the Grant MacEwan Community College Criminal Justice Diploma, Finance Management, Grievance Solving and Contract Negotiations.
Don has also been active in the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees:
- Member of the Fort Saskatchewan Chapter Executive for 18 years
- Treasurer for Alberta Correctional and Regulatory Employees for 8 years
- Member on the A.U.P.E. Finance Committee for 7 years
- Served on numerous negotiating committees
- Served six years on AUPE's Committee on Political Action
Don retired from the Province (Fort Saskatchewan Correction Centre) in 2007.
Don was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 1998 and was re-elected as Councillor in October 2001, October 2004, October 2007 and in again in October 2010. Prior to being elected to City Council, Don was involved in many community activities including minor sports, Cubs/Scouts, school activities, and fundraisers.
Don is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:
- Capital Region Assessment Services Commission
- Capital Region Board (Alternate)
- Heartland Housing Foundation (effective January 1, 2013)
- Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
Don's future initiatives are to:
- Work to protect Fort Saskatchewan's level of service and tax base.
- Work to find solutions for both affordable housing and assisted living needs of our seniors and our special needs people.
- Develop and implement a strategy to help deal with our growing vandalism problem.
- Work to revitalize the downtown.
- Work to facilitate steady controlled growth.
- Work to make Fort Saskatchewan an even greater place to work, live, learn and play!
Contact information for Councillor Westman:
Phone: 780.998-5282 or 780-984-2595