Mayor & Town Council
On behalf of the Town of Bruderheim, I warmly welcome you to the Home of the Bruderheim Meteorite!
Our town is excited to boast the new, ultra-modern Studio 6 Bruderheim Hotel, an innovative facility with a beautiful and environmentally-conscious design utilizing Sea Cans! This hotel—a one-of-a-kind in Canada—showcases perfectly our town's long-term goal to work collectively with our partners in our drive to be sustainable for the future. We have so many great examples of collaboration with our partners—from the arena project, now proudly known as the Karol Maschmeyer Arena, to fundraising for a new skateboard park. There is a lot going on in our small town!
We would love for you to discover Bruderheim, a warm and friendly community nestled within country farmland and Alberta's Industrial Heartland. Our citizens and Town Council work together to support our quality of life, which we believe is unsurpassed in the region. We are proud to share our rich history, while also looking to the future, as we build off the recent successes in ensuring the sustainability of our great community.
Our small town spirit is evident everywhere you look, and there is always something going on here. For example, the Aikido program is a unique opportunity for adults and children that runs three times a week. An archery program sponsored by Lamont and Fort Saskatchewan Fish & Game clubs and hosted by the Ag Society at Walker School, offers the sport to people of all ages. Bruderheim Minor Sports Association leads hockey and soccer for our youth, and monthly events, such as the Seniors Club’s community breakfasts and potluck dinners, as well as the Lions Club’s bingo nights, keep our residents engaged.
I truly believe that volunteers are the lifeblood of our town, and we are fortunate that so many dedicated folks have stepped forward to serve in Bruderheim. For example, Communities in Bloom volunteers tirelessly strive to make our town more beautiful every year—and it’s exemplified by the recent 5 Blooms award at the Nationals!
Bruderheim would not be what it is without our great friends and neighbours. We are truly grateful to work collaboratively with all municipalities in our region and receive such fantastic support from industry and the businesses of our community. Town Council recognizes how important business and partnerships are. We are very fortunate to have close working relationships with both Lamont County and Strathcona County, evidenced by many strategic initiatives, such as our contract with Strathcona County for CAO services.
What I've mentioned here are but a few of the things going on in our town. Town Council is pursuing many initiatives with our wonderful team at the Town Office, led by our CAO, Patty Podoborozny.
Please do come out and experience life in Bruderheim—we would be happy to see you here in 2017!
With Warmest Regards,
Mayor Karl Hauch
Bruderheim Town Council
Karl Hauch – Mayor
George Campbell – Councillor
Virginia Differenz – Councillor
Patricia Lee – Councillor
Wayne Olechow – Councillor
Shelley Ross – Councillor
Judy Schueler – Councillor
Life in Bruderheim is guided by a Town Council that consists of a Mayor and six Council members, each of whom are elected members of the community. Council members serve as a valuable resource to Bruderheim residents, working to ensure they enjoy a high quality of life and that Bruderheim's complex issues are resolved. In order to do this effectively, Council members spend a great deal of time studying community problems, preparing for formal Council meetings, speaking with citizens, attending committee and board meetings, and attending local events.
To contact a member of Town Council, please contact the Legislative Services Director at the Town Office (780-796-3731; 5017 Queen Street) or use the following email addresses:
Mayor Karl Hauch - Karl.firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor George Campbell - George.email@example.com
Councillor Virginia Differenz - Virginia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Patricia Lee - Pat.email@example.com
Councillor Wayne Olechow - Wayne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Shelley Ross - Shelley.email@example.com
Councillor Judy Schueler - Judy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Karl Hauch
Mayor Karl Hauch was born and raised in Alberta. Having grown up in the small-town setting of New Sarepta, he is familiar with small-town living. He and his wife, Bonnie, who have been married for over 20 years, greatly enjoy the comfortable 'country' feel of Bruderheim and are happy to have had the opportunity to raise their family of three children here. Karl has worked all of his adult life in industrial settings, from CIL, AT Plastics, to Shell Canada Energy, and has been a Turnaround Planner at Shell for 10 years now. He enjoys anything related to the outdoors, from hockey and hunting to fishing and anything in between. Having served Bruderheim in a number of capacities over the past ten years - through the Bruderheim Moravian Church Unified Board, as a soccer and hockey coach, as a Fire Department volunteer, and more. Currently he serves on the John S. Batiuk Water Commission, St. Michael Landfill Commission and the Bruderheim Water Co-op for Council, and acts as an alternate for a number of other Council committees. Mayor Hauch firmly believes that "the future for Bruderheim looks bright" and is excited about the possibilities!
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." (James Baldwin)
Councillor George Campbell
George Campbell moved to Bruderheim in 1968 and enjoys living in this community. He and his wife have a passion for farming and he loves spending time with his horses and family. Through the years, George has offered horse-drawn wagon rides for many community events. He has been on Council for three years and is a charter member of the Bruderheim Minor Sports Association and the Bruderheim Agricultural Society, and continues to be involved in their events. His passion is preserving heritage, culture and our community.
Councillor Virginia Differenz
Virginia Differenz joined Bruderheim Town Council in March of 2015. She was born in Athabasca and later lived in Thorhild County until 1986, first with her parents farming cattle and grain, then raising horses and sheep. She worked for Scotiabank for 10 years and interviewed for Statistics Canada for 14 years. She assists with Hillview Acres pig farm as bookkeeper. Upon moving to Bruderheim in 1986 she volunteered as a Lioness for 5 years, completed 15 years as a 4H Light Horse leader, and helped at Edmonton Northlands in several capacities. Formerly the President of Bruderheim Seniors Club, she is currently Treasurer of Metro Kalyn Community Library and is a member of the Josephburg Presents Committee and coordinator for the Josephburg Christmas Market. Virginia and Doug Maschmeyer have 4 raised children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. In her present position on Bruderheim Council she is appointed to Community Adult Learning Council, Fort Air Partnership and Family and Community Support Services Lamont County Region. Virginia enjoys gardening and cycling for MS in the summer, floor curling with her buddies at the Seniors Club in winter, as well as reading and sewing whenever she has a spare minute.
Councillor Patricia Lee
This is Patricia's first opportunity to serve on Bruderheim Town Council. She has been appointed to the Bruderheim Parent Advisory Committee, the Bruderheim Seniors, and the Bruderheim Recreation and Culture Committee. Patricia was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and has called Bruderheim home since 1990. After high school, she earned her Dental Assisting Certificate from NAIT and worked in the dental field with Leduc Strathcona Health Unit. She then took a position as letter carrier with Canada Post, initially in Edmonton and then in Fort Saskatchewan. After 33 years with Canada Post, she retired and went on to obtain a Child Development Assistant Certificate, which has given her the chance to work for 4 years at the Out of School Care program at the Bruderheim Elementary School. She and her husband, Bruce, raised three children, and now enjoy seven grandchildren. Patricia enjoys going for walks with her dog, bicycling, and ice skating whenever she gets the chance. She is a firm believer that "you only get out of life what you are willing to put into it."
Councillor Wayne Olechow
Councillor Wayne Olechow is serving his seventh year on Council and is currently appointed to the Bruderheim Minor Sports Association, Metro Kalyn Library Board, Northern Lights Library Board and Heartland Citizens on Patrol Board. He grew up in the Town of Bruderheim and was always active in local activities. After moving away for a period of time, he and wife Stephanie of 15 years decided to move back to Bruderheim to raise their children. After leaving his job in retail, he took 5 years off to stay at home and help raise his two children Cameron and Claire. For the past two years, Wayne has been working for Elk Island Public Schools. As a youngster, Wayne was always active in sports, and now continues to golf, play hockey and skate with his children. He is currently on the board for Heartland Citizens on Patrol. Wayne has been fortunate to have the opportunity to sit on Council for the past six years, and continues to be actively involved with his fellow Councillors in introducing activities and services to include all residents of Bruderheim.
Councillor Shelley Ross
Councillor Shelley Ross is currently in her fifth term on Council, and is appointed to Emergency Services, Lamont County Housing Foundation, and Lamont County Family & Community Support Services. Born in Trenton, Ontario and a former resident of Nova Scotia, she has found her true home in Bruderheim, where she loves to volunteer her time for a number of events and different organizations. She has worked for Elk Island Public School as an Educational Assistant for the last 19 years. She and her husband Bryan of 29 years share a daughter, Breana, son-in-law Jeremy, and three grandsons, Mykel, Scott and Jason. Her favourite things to do include reading, taking long walks, camping with friends and family, and travelling. The adage she lives by? "Live, laugh, love."
Councillor Judy Schueler
Councillor Judy Schueler was born and raised in southern Alberta on a family farm with a seed cleaning plant. She relocated to Two Hills, Alberta, where the family continued to farm and operated the local Bumper to Bumper and tire shop for seven years. In 1985 Judy decided to leave the family farm and business and change direction. She took her Emergency Vehicle Operator (EVO now referred to as EMR) and worked for the Two Hills Ambulance Service. She then continued on and took the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-A) program and EMS Management programs and became the General Manager of MediCare Ambulance Service Inc. in Thorhild County. She continued with her EMS education with numerous emergency response training programs (example: Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), Critical Incident Command Training, etc.). Again Judy changed direction in 2011, with the restructuring of Ambulance delivery in Alberta by the Alberta Government. She decided to become a certified and licensed Home Inspector and opened A Buyers Choice Home Inspection Franchise, which she continues to work with and operate today. She and her husband, Don, moved to Bruderhiem in 2013 and have been enjoying the community ever since. She has 3 adult children and a hand full of grandchildren.
As per Bruderheim's Bylaw, each Town Councillor must serve eight months as Deputy Mayor, fulfilling the mayor role during the acting Mayor's absence. The Deputy Mayor Rotation Schedule is set out for the three year governing term by Council during their Organizational meeting.
Bruderheim's current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Judy Schueler.
A Day in the Life of a Bruderheim Council Member-Some Notes…
- Don't quit your day job - yes, on top of all they do for the Town, Council members hold regular full-time jobs, too.
- Who knew you'd still have homework at this age? In preparation for Town Council meetings, Council members must read through a hefty package of information that provides the necessary background to understand the issues facing Bruderheim.
- Better hope you're good at math - so that you can figure out how to fix that million dollar problem with just $100,000!
- What's it like to make a difference? An excellent question to ask a Council member the next time you see one (see the photo above so you'll recognize them).