Barb Castell

Councillor-Elect for Division 3 - Foothills County

 

403-931-3690

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I want to thank everyone in Division 3 who took the time to vote.

Thank you to the other 3 candidates for stepping up to run.

A huge thank you to my volunteers who went door knocking with me, helped put up signs, and phoned and reminded voters to get to the polls.

Thank you to all!!!

 

Official Election Results

 

Election Results

An organizational meeting will be held October 28, 2021, where council will be sworn in, and a Reeve and Deputy Reeve will be appointed. The meeting will be livestreamed and links will be posted on the Foothills County website and social media.

 

Experience - Commitment - Representation

 

At the urging of so many community members, I am announcing my intention to run for Councillor in Foothills County for Division 3.

Neighbours, friends, and residents continually consult with me to help them with issues concerning their land, funding for their not-for-profit groups, issues concerning the land use bylaw, rules and regulations at the local, provincial and federal levels, as well as available funding and day to day coping with Covid-19 related issues.

I do not have another job or own a business. Therefore, I have the time to devote to council meetings, committee work, and meeting with residents in Division 3. Being a Councillor is a full-time job.

I have lived and volunteered in the Millarville area for over 40 years. All of us who live here know how special this area is. We want a say in what happens here. We need a representative who is available to listen and get things done.

I was the Division 3 Councillor for two terms. Since then, I have been adding to my experience by being a board member on the Alberta Surface Rights and Land Compensation Boards, as a Constituency Assistant in the office of John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, and as a Constituency Assistant in the office of RJ Sigurdson, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood.

These experiences have given me extensive knowledge of the Provincial and Federal levels of government. This is an invaluable asset when dealing with Municipal issues.

I have a proven track record as a team player on council to get things accomplished.  I have the experience, dedication, and I am 100% committed to represent the residents of both Division 3 and Foothills County.

 

Current Issues

  • Representation for Division 3

  • Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB)

  • Rural Crime

  • Water

  • Traffic Safety on Rural Roads

  • Red tape Reduction

 

I have experience with many boards and committees as a volunteer in the community. I am very involved with the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society (MRAS) as a former member of the Board of Directors.

I have also been a long-time volunteer on many committees and events including the Half Marathon, Millarville Races, Priddis & Millarville Fair Committee, Millarville Rodeo Committee, and Kids Only Shoppe at the Millarville Christmas Market. As a former teacher, my personal favourite is judging the 4H public speaking.

As Councillor, I was on the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area Board, Leighton Art Centre Board, Dark Sky Initiatives, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Marigold Library Board, NW Foothills Recreation Board, Sheep River Health Trust, and many more.

When I am not volunteering and helping with community issues, I enjoy gardening, birdwatching, reading, and looking after my horses.

Please contact me with any questions, comments, or issues you would like to discuss. I look forward to representing you in Division 3!

 

Brochure & Bio

 

Barb Castell for Division 3 - Foothills County

Click here for the PDF version of my Brochure

 

Barb Castell for Division 3 - Foothills County

Click here for the PDF version of my Bio

 

In the News

 

Former Div. 3 councillor seeks election in Foothills

 

Election Information

 

Election Info

Click here for a complete list of voting stations, maps and voter identifiation requirements (PDF).

 

ELECTION DAY - MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021
Polls open at 10:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

If you are in the building past 8:00 pm, you will still be permitted to vote. If you arrive later than 8:00 pm, then you will be denied entry as the doors will be locked.

In the event of more stringent rules regarding COVID, some venues may require you to wait outside; please ensure you have a cell phone with you so that we can contact you when you are permitted to enter the building.

POLLING STATIONS:

NOTE: Polling stations are subject to change, please check back periodically. 

Some polling stations may have changed due to Covid restrictions and the availability of venues - we are making every effort to provide a local venue for you to vote. We appreciate your understanding. 

Division 3:
Millarville Racetrack [Map]
Square Butte Community Hall ***NEW*** Added October 12th [Map]
Foothills County Administration Building [Map]

 

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 47:
- 18 years old;
- A Canadian Citizen;
- A Resident in Alberta; and
- The elector’s place of residence must be located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

 

VOTER IDENTIFICATION
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 53 - All voters will be required to provide identification prior to obtaining a ballot
Every person who attends at a voting station for the purpose of voting must be permitted to vote if the person:
• makes a statement that the person is eligible to vote as an elector in the presence of an officer at the voting station, in the prescribed form, and
• validates the person's identity and address of the person's residence.
A person may validate the person's identity and the address of the person's residence by producing one of the following:
• one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the person, the person's name and the address of the person's residence. Examples of appropriate ID include:
i. operator/driver’s license;
ii. government photo identification card (for non-drivers);
iii. Canadian passport; or
• one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act for the purposes of section 95(1)(a)(ii) of that Act that establishes the person's name and current address. Examples of appropriate ID include:
i. utility bill, e.g. telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water;
ii. bank/credit card statement or personal cheque;
iii. correspondence issued by a school, college or university;
iv. government cheque or cheque stub;
v. income/property tax assessment notice;
vi. insurance policy or coverage card;
vii. pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation; or
viii. one of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen:
• attestation of residence;
• letter of stay;
• admission form; or
• statement of benefits

 

RULES OF RESIDENCE:
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 48
A person’s place of residence for this Act is governed by the following rules:
• a person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting under this Act;
• if a person has more than one residence in Alberta, that person shall designate one place of residence as the person's place of residence for the purposes of this Act;
• the residence of a person is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return;
• a person does not lose the person's residence by leaving the person's home for a temporary purpose;
• A student who:
o attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta;
o temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution; and
o has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution,
is deemed to reside with those family members.
A person shall designate the person's place of residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:
• the address shown on the person’s driver's license or motor vehicle operator’s license issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;
• the address to which the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered; or
• the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered.

 

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF VOTING:
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 55, 56, 57
Voting is by secret ballot.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no other person shall be in the voting compartment with the elector.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no person shall be in a position where he/she is able to see how the elector marks the ballot.
It is an offence for an elector to show his ballot so another person can see how he/she voted, except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector.
No person shall be required to reveal how he/she has voted.
An elector may not vote for more than the number of persons to be elected to an office.
If applicable, an elector may vote once on each bylaw or question.
An elector may vote only once in an election.

 

Election information from the Foothills County's website, subject to change:
https://www.foothillscountyab.ca/council/election-2021---polling-stations-advance-votes.html

 

Contact Barb

Call me at 403-931-3690 or e-mail me using the form below.