When Kristyne De Mott and her husband lost their jobs in Calgary, they had a tough decision to make -- did they stay in an expensive city or return back to her hometown? The pair decided to move to Drumheller, where they both began their own companies. Soon after, De Mott realized it was time to give back to the community and decided to run for town council.

K DeMott 1Kristyne De Mott.

On Oct. 16, De Mott won a seat, thanks to a campaign that focused heavily on trying to entice youth to come to Drumheller.

"I'm really interested in finding ways to bring the youth back and bring new youth in because really, that 18-40 age group, if we don't have that workforce in here, how are we really going to start bringing in new industry? Who's going to work there?" asked De Mott, before continuing. "We really need to start focusing on what that age group wants and what they consider a staple for their home."

When asked about her decision to return to Drumheller, De Mott said she is incredibly thankful that she moved back to the valley.

"The town totally supported us. My business would never be what it is here in Calgary. It would never have grown to what it is. The support here was unreal, and I felt so humbled."

Going forward, De Mott hopes to encourage youth to return to the valley, both through job creation and by making the community a place young families would like to move to.

"If I can change any 17 year old that thought the way I did, make them love their town, make them say 'hey, after university, I'm going to come back, because I want to,' then that's success."

Drumheller Council will be sworn in on Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m.

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