It was October, 2004 when Sharel Shoff decided to put her money where her mouth is and run for Drumheller Town Council.
After 13 years on council, Shoff is out of politics after losing a bid to be the town's mayor.
"I think what I'll miss the most is just working with council and working with some of the committees that I've been on," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "I think Drumheller was, and is moving ahead, so I think that's a fun part of it too."
Shoff admitted she wondered what she had got herself into when she first sat at the council table, but she came to enjoy it, except for one thing.
"We get a lot of negative stuff, a lot of it nowadays on social media," she complained. "Sometimes on social media, people say things without basis and you want to say to them 'that's not quite right,' but I never have because then you'll just get another form of social media."
After 13 years on town council, Shoff believes she is probably done with politics, but she maintains there's plenty to keep her busy.
"I'm involved in three volunteer organizations and I still work full time, so I can probably do my job better, and I'll also have time for my two little grandsons, so that's the positive part."