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Meet the Council

Message from the Mayor

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Bashaw. A small, vibrant town of 868 people, proud of our efforts and achievements to sustain a rich and prosperous unified community. They say home is where the heart is and that especially depicts Bashaw. Whether originally from the area or not, newcomers are amazed at how once settled in, it feels like they have lived here all of their lives. Nestled in the valley near the shores of Buffalo and Red Deer Lakes at the crossroads of Highway 21 and 53, we are centrally located in Prairie Parkland Country. Bashaw is within daily commuting distance to Camrose, Ponoka, Stettler and Lacombe and less than an hour drive to Red Deer. 

Primarily a farming community, the area around Bashaw is known for productive croplands and a diverse livestock industry. Our full service community provides all the basics required to maintain a very clean, secure, comfortable lifestyle in today’s fast paced world. Quality of life is sought after and easily obtained in our safe and compassionate community.

Bashaw offers excellent shopping opportunities, a health care centre, local physician, senior housing facilities, seniors lodge, day care centre, RCMP detachment, K-12 School, youth centre, library, ball diamonds, arena/curling rink, agricultural facilities and rodeo grounds.

A scenic countryside with lakes, trees and rolling hills make Bashaw and area an ideal location for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating or just a peaceful drive in the country. There are excellent accommodations within the Town of Bashaw as well as bed and breakfast facilities and private or provincial campgrounds within the near vicinity. For golfing enthusiasts who enjoy a challenge, two superb golf courses are located just minutes north and south of Bashaw.

Bashaw is truly a “community” as it is strategically situated where the four counties of Camrose, Ponoka, Stettler and Lacombe converge. This uniqueness in location affords a volunteerism spirit second to none. Numerous seasonal events are hosted in Bashaw annually because of this giving and participative nature.

If you are looking for a place to call home, Bashaw is waiting to welcome you.

Welcome Home! We want you here with us!

-Penny Shantz, Mayor of Bashaw

Meet the Council

All Council positions have been filled by acclamation.

Back row (left to right):  Councillor Darren Pearson, Councillor Rob McDonald, Councillor Lynn Schultz
Front row (left to right):  Mayor Penny Shantz, Deputy Mayor Rosella Peterman

Mayor Penny Shantz

My husband Ron and I chose the Bashaw area to build Country Nine Golf Course, and chose Bashaw a second time as our retirement home. We became involved in numerous local organizations and enjoyed the many volunteer activities. Eleven years ago a local gentleman suggested I put my name forward for a seat on council. Ron and our two adult children, Chris and Leana, gave me their blessing and the rest, as they say, is history.

It has been a pleasure to work with every councilor and employee through the years and an honour to work for each resident for the vibrant future of Bashaw.

Deputy Mayor Rosella Peterman

I am married to Terry and we have 3 adult children, 2 in-law family members, and 7 grandchildren. Both Terry and I were born in Saskatchewan, although in different areas, and met and married in Vancouver. Together we have lived in all 4 western provinces, taking up residence in each one on several occasions and living both in major cities and small villages and towns. We have been residents in Bashaw since 2012 and thoroughly enjoy small town life here.

Professionally I attended the Manitoba Institute of Technology where I was enrolled in the Architectural Design program. On completion of my course I switched gears to work for a Municipal Engineering firm and, during our many moves, I worked for several more engineering firms before finding work in Legal Land Surveying. I have never been afraid to try a new aspect of work but found much of what I did centered in land development. In the meantime I enjoyed the architectural aspect and have continued in design and construction plans through my own private company of Green Gable Design.

Both Terry and I have always been very involved in the communities where we lived. One of my most satisfying volunteer opportunities was with Habitat for Humanity where I provided over 2 dozen sets of house plans, helped in the construction of many of them, and served as chair of the Building Committee, on the Board of Directors, and on the Executive Committee of the Board. For my involvement here I was awarded the UMA Denis Cote Community Service Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Metal. Of course the biggest reward was seeing the looks of joy on the faces of the partner families as they received the keys to their new homes.

Councillor Rob McDonald

Councillor Darren Pearson

I was born and raised in the Bashaw Area.  I am married to Carrie and we have two daughters, Presley and Ireland.  My wife and I have owned and operated Bashaw Meats  & Sausage Ltd. for 10 years now.  My wife and I have always been very involved with our community.  We both sit on several Boards in our Community and devote much of our spare time to volunteering throughout.

Councillor Lynn Schultz

I was raised on a farm Northwest of Bashaw.  In 1966, I married my wife, Bernice.  We have two children, Barry and Charlene, and seven grandchildren.

I coached Minor Hockey for a number of years.  I was a part of the building committee for the Community Centre and sat on the Recreation Board and Agricultural Society Board.

In 1990, we moved to Southern Alberta where I managed a Forage Seed Farm.  In 2007, we returned to Bashaw.  I am very involved with many aspects of my community.

Town of Bashaw Portfolios 2018-2019

(A) Tourism and Economic Development

Bashaw Ag Society Liaison:

Councillor Schultz

(B) Appeal and Review Boards

Regional Assessment Review Board Liaison:

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board:

Diane Szumlas

Grant McKenzie

(C) Protective and Safety Services

Disaster Services:

Director of Emergency Management:

Deputy Director of Emergency Management:

Emergency Public Information Officers:

Emergency Alert System:

Fire Department Liaison:

Regional Emergency Management Services:

All Members of Council

Foreman Murray Holroyd

Theresa Fuller

Mayor or Deputy Mayor

Fire Chief /Deputy Chief
Foreman Murray Holroyd

Councillor Pearson

Councillor Pearson

(D) Community Services

Bashaw Municipal Library Liaison:

Parkland Regional Library Liaison:

Camrose Area Lodge Authority Liaison:

Bashaw & District Support Services Liaison:

Bashaw Youth Foundation/Boys and Girls Club of Canada Liaison:

Beautification Committee

Councillor McDonald

Deputy Mayor Peterman

Mayor Shantz

Deputy Mayor Peterman

Deputy Mayor Peterman

Mayor Shantz, Councillor Shultz, Terry Brown & Bryan Gust

(E) Public Facilities and Transportation Management

Bashaw Airport Commission Liaison:

Bashaw & Area Recreation Board Liaison:

Bashaw Bus Society Liaison:

Highway 12/21
Regional Water Services Commission Liaisons:

Bashaw Community Centre Board Liaison:

Councillor Schultz

Councillor Pearson

Mayor Shantz

Mayor Shantz
Deputy Mayor Peterman
Councillor Schultz
Councillor Pearson
Councillor McDonald

Councillor Pearson