Drumheller Town Council underwent a major shake-up this fall, as only three of seven people from the last council were elected to new terms.
This will be the third term for Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, who works in the financial services industry after more than a decade of owning and operating a restaurant.
"When you love what you do and you love the community you live in, it's easy to give of your time to do so," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "Now that I've served two terms, I felt like I had my feet firmly underneath me and now, I can start applying some of that knowledge I've learned on my learning curve on my third term."
Hansen-Zacharuk has no qualms about admitting there were things about being on council that drove her crazy at first.
"After speaking with some economic development officers, a lot of times they're like 'Lisa, it's a ten year process.' You see a vision and you want to want to complete it and I used to find that very frustrating," she allowed. "What I'd like to see is all the little stages that the past and current council are going to put in place, see it to fruition to start bringing back a little bit more of that economic development outside of the tourism realm."
Hansen-Zacharuk's thoughts appear to echo those of other councillors, most of whom cited bringing more businesses to town as their number one goal.
"There's new ideas, new voices at the table (and) the new individuals we've got seem to be great team players, so I'm very optimistic as to how our community is going to be shaped in the next four years; it's looking good."
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