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Town Councillors

Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley - mayor.napier-buckley@fortsmith.ca

“The people of Fort Smith are what set the town apart from any other place in the world that may be just as beautiful,” says Lynn Napier-Buckley. “Tourists come here and always comment on how friendly the people are here.” Lynn has been a part of Fort Smith for about 20 years and it’s where she spent most of her childhood. Outside of her Council duties, Lynn is a Program Coordinator for the Fort Smith Victim Services Program and a board member of the Fort Smith Metis Council. She decided to run for Council in order to contribute the perspective her combination of work and volunteer experience to the Town’s governance. Specifically, Lynn felt it was important the Town build on services and programs available and make them more accessible to the entire community.

 

Deputy Mayor Kevin Smith - cr.smith@fortsmith.ca

Kevin has lived in Fort Smith since 1998, and he believes that this beautiful town on the banks of the majestic Slave River is the best place in the North to raise a young family. First elected in 2009 Kevin is now in his fourth term on Council. Until recently Kevin has chaired the Community Services Standing Committee which deals with recreation, library and trade and tourism issues and was heavily involved in the retrofit project at the Arena. He now chairs the Corporate Services Standing Committee which oversees finances, human resources and governance issues at the Town. Kevin is actively involved in minor hockey and the Fort Smith Ski Club among many other things and he is the Director of Media & Marketing of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. 

 

Councillor Kevin Campbell - cr.campbell@fortsmith.ca

 

Councillor Bob McArthur - cr.mcarthur@fortsmith.ca

Bob is a long-time Fort Smith resident who is self-employed with Aurora TPI Travel and Bottle Depot-RTL Recycling. Bob also manages Fort Smith's school buses and Frontier Coachlines. Fort Smith’s beauty and small-town friendliness are his favourite features of the town he calls home. Bob first ran for council in 2012 in order to have a greater voice in how the Town is run and to improve treatment of Town employees. Now, his priorities are to increase the prescence of private business and to improve Fort Smith’s tourist attraction by completing the paving of Highway 5.

 

Councillor Mike Couvrette - cr.couvrette@fortsmith.ca

Mike has called Fort Smith home since moving here in 1986. As a long-term northern resident of almost 50 years, I have resided in multiple communities across the NWT and what is now Nunavut since 1970, when my family brought me to the north - the place I call home.

I previously served on Fort Smith’s Town Council in the 1990s for 1 term.

I am retired from the GNWT and spend much of my time focused on operating an alpaca farm and related agricultural activities with my wife, Helena. My other time-consuming passion is serving as the chairperson of the Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society and as a volunteer coordinator for the society’s annual Dark Sky Festival and other activities.

I have participated as a committee member on several Town and community boards serving as an individual, as a representative of the government and Town Council. These have included; Tourism and Trade Advisory Board; Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre; Chamber of Commerce; Fort Smith Health & Social Services; and NWT Tourism.

 

Councillor Jessica Cox - cr.cox@fortsmith.ca

Jessica ran for election to be part of a Fort Smith Town Council that will work together to make decisions to benefit the entire community. Jessica has lived in Fort Smith since 2000; she worked in both the private and public sectors before leaving the workforce to stay at home with her children when they were young. Jessica returned to the workforce in 2013 and currently works at Aurora College in Fort Smith.

Jessica has a long history of volunteering in the community, including with the Fort Smith Animal Society, the 2018 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, six years as a volunteer firefighter, a term on the Fort Smith District Education Authority (DEA), two terms on the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre board, and nine years on the Recreation Advisory Board. Additionally, Jessica is a dedicated minor hockey coach and a passionate gardener; she can usually be found at the arena in winter and the community garden during the summer.

 

Councillor Ann Pischinger - cr.pischinger@fortsmith.ca

 

Councillor Chris Westwell - cr.westwell@fortsmith.ca

 

Councillor Louise Beaulieu - cr.beaulieu@fortsmith.ca

Louise was born and raised in Fort Smith and attended school throughout the South Slave region, living in Pine Point and in Hay River, before returning home. She then took a job with Forestry – ENR and has worked as a radio operator, camp cook, and then challenged the patriarchy to become the first female firefighter. She worked her way up from a trainee on the emergency fire crew to firefighter and the first female crew boss to reach Fire Boss level, a career that lasted 26 years.

Louise has continued to smash gender norms by joining the Canadian Ranger Patrol in 1992 during which she was offered the position of Sergeant due to her knowledge of wilderness and land skills and her background in Forestry, hunting, and trapping, becoming the first female to hold this position, which she held for 15 years. After retiring from her post in 2008, she started her own Patrol and spearheaded Citizens on Patrol which ran for 9 years.

Louise has worked hard to improve the community by helping to organize and plan the creation of the Phoenix program, which offers schooling alternatives for youth and adults. She is a mother of three adult children, a teacher of traditional culture, and a full-time hunter and trapper. She is willing to help out the community when needed, has worked as an advocate and a volunteer, supporter, listener, provider, and by being a people person.

Louise is currently employed as a shelter worker and sits on the Fort Smith Metis Council in addition to her position as a Councillor for the Town of Fort Smith.