Don Olson

Don Olson

 

Don was elected to the Hamlet of Crystal Lake Board in July, 2017.

 

Don’s education is in the field of biology from the University of Saskatchewan and from the Kelsey Institute of Applied Sciences – wildlife/waterfowl resource management. Because of his surveying/engineering work with the Department of Highways, Don initially began working with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in wetland construction out of Yorkton in 1976. These were exceptional growing years for DUC, and in 1979 Don was moved to southern Alberta and became the Area Manager. In 1988, with the implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the First Step Quill Lakes Project, Don moved back to Saskatchewan to help set up the Wadena office. The pressure was on, the success of this First Step Project would determine the future success of the whole $1.5 billion NAWMP program. The success of securing wildlife habitat was paramount, and that responsibility fell squarely on Don’s shoulders.

 

In addition to his professional background, Don has gained extensive Municipal Government experience in the Town of Sturgis, being a Councillor from 1991 to 1997, and Mayor from 1997 to 2016 inclusive.

 

Don’s involvement with Crystal Lake goes back to the 1960’s, swimming with his three brothers at his parents’ cabin at the lake. Summertime was great and times were simple and carefree for a young boy. Time goes by, and by the late 1970’s and early 1980’s big changes were occurring – the old cabin was replaced with a new year round cabin designed and constructed by the Olson brothers, the old outhouse was gone and new septic holding tanks installed all around the lake; lots were no longer leased but had to be purchased. The cabin continues to be a “family cabin” for Don’s extended families to enjoy.

 

With the Hamlet Board, Don is currently the Chair, and has the lead in the areas of (1) Infrastructure and Equipment, (2) Safety and Liability, (3) Economics and Commerce, and (4) Government and Partnership Relations.

Howard Fox

Howard Fox

 

Howard became a member of the Hamlet Board at the July, 2018 AGM.

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science – Agriculture, Howard’s entire 30-year professional career was with Agriculture Canada – PFRA.  Working as both a manager and specialist in various roles, his primary areas of work were rural, community and economic development and environmental sustainability.  Howard has worked on federal, provincial and regional committees, working groups and programs in the areas of policy development, program development and implementation, communication, strategic planning and facilitation.

As a manager, Howard has experience in financial management, human resource management, asset management, strategic planning, communications and operational management.  He has extensive experience working with locally-based governments, conservation groups, economic development agencies and other organizations working to achieve the balance of social development, economic development and environmental sustainability.  It is through this type of balanced and respectful approach that Howard has learned any successful, long-term project must serve and respect all of the social, economic and environmental aspects.  If one aspect suffers for the benefit of another, the project is doomed to failure.

Howard’s involvement with Crystal Lake dates back to the early 1980s while working closely with the tree planting program spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Soil Conservation Co-op.  In 2002, Howard and wife Bonny and their three children purchased their current cottage at Crystal Lake.  From 2002-2012, Howard and Bonny were deeply immersed in the Crystal Lake community as partners and owner-operators of the Crystal Lake Golf Course.  Upon Bonny’s retirement in 2018, Howard and Bonny have made Crystal Lake their permanent home.

With the Hamlet Board, Howard is currently the Secretary of the Board, and has the lead in the areas of 1) Governance, 2) Finance, 3) Communications and 4) Special Projects Initiative.  Preferred means of contact is by email at howfox@ymail.com

 

Brad Tokaruk

 

Brad became a member of the Hamlet Board at the July, 2019 AGM.

 

Brad is a recently retired civil servant with a long background at Crystal Lake.  He spent his youth at the lake (family cabin adjacent to the golf course) as well as many summer vacations over the years. After completing a post-secondary education, Brad began a 41-year career with the Saskatchewan Government.

 

The first half of his career was as a Conservation Officer working in many locations across the province.  Experience and training gained during this time included enforcement activities, park operations, animal control, forest fire suppression, environmental protection and forest management.  The next 10 years were spent as a technician primarily surveying fish and wildlife populations.  The final years brought increased supervisory responsibilities in wildlife management with communication, committee, regulation and policy development responsibilities.

 

Brad and his wife Sandy have chosen to make Crystal Lake their home and are completing an extensive renovation of the Gallagher Cabin at 108 Lakeview Drive.

 

As the newest member of the board, Brad is the lead in in the areas of 1) Environment, 2) Maintenance, 3) Waste management/recycling and 4) Recreation

 

Brad can be reached at tokaruk.brad@sasktel.net

 

 

Dave

Dave

Most of the community sees Dave working on the water system or chasing mosquitoes.

Barry

Barry

Barry is the administrator for the RM of Keys 303.