Meet Your Council
CHAD VAN DAM
Hello and welcome to Empress. I hope you are able to find everything you’re looking for in town or on the website.
As mayor of Empress I take great pride in representing the Village and its people; making a difference in our community. Having local government representation allows the residents of Empress to have a voice and help shape decisions for our community. I encourage you to attend our council meetings, join a local committee or organization and get involved in Empress. Empress is a great place to live; being located in the scenic river valley near the forks of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers. Empress is also an excellent place to raise a family, being a community that is like one big family.
Thank you for your support!
Chad Van Dam
I was born and raised in southeastern Saskatchewan, married in 1971 and moved to Pine Point, NWT. Our two children were born at Hay River Hospital, Don apprenticed for Heavy Duty Mechanic at the Cominco mine and I worked at the union office, hotel, and Superior Sound. We moved to Hay River in 1982 when the mine at Pine Point closed, then moved to Grande Prairie in 1985 for Don’s work. I worked at Holroyd Drugs for 18 years. We moved to an acreage north of Sexsmith in 1993 and enjoyed the quiet lifestyle. We then moved to Empress in May 2003 when I retired. We had been visiting Empress since 1985 and enjoyed the prairies. We purchased 2 houses built in the 1920’s, renovated both and live in one. We continue to enjoy the quiet, small town atmosphere Empress offers, the surrounding scenery and wildlife are vast and ever changing. We enjoy taking the jetboat on the South Sask. River to fish and tour. We started a rental company and meet people working on projects. In October 2004 I was elected to Council and have learned so much about how and why a community is managed. I became a Councillor because I had time to devote to community service and felt it was important to keep the Village of Empress as an independent entity. We are involved in Stick Curling, Ag. Society, Centenniel Committee as well as committees I attend as a Councillor. We plan to reside in Empress as long as our health allows
My name is Arlen Johnston, I’m 36, married with five children, and am employed by Kuhn Farms. I enjoy hiking, hunting and fishing with my family. Empress has been our home for over three years. We found in Empress an affordable home for our family. When we moved to Empress, we found the village to be very welcoming and a quiet, safe place to raise our family. I am on council to bring an even higher quality of life to Empress residents. Empress is a place with high potential, I want to see that potential realized.