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Cavanaugh, Terry

  • AR-RG-6-S-7
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1926-

Terence (Terry) James Cavanaugh was born in Edmonton in 1926. He first ran for municipal office in 1968, but did not win a seat as an Alderman. He ran again in 1971, this time winning a seat, and was re-elected as an Alderman in 1974. When William Hawrelak died in office in 1975, Terry Cavanaugh was chosen by City Council to serve as Mayor until the 1977 election. Although he ran for Mayor in 1977, he lost to Cec Purves.

Terry Cavanaugh ran again for Council several years later, winning a seat in 1983 and again in 1986. When Mayor Laurence Decore stepped down to run for the Alberta Liberal Party, Cavanaugh was selected by Council to serve as Mayor, but was defeated by Jan Reimer in the 1989 election.

Cavanaugh was elected to Council again in 1992, and was re-elected in 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2004. He retired from municipal politics after deciding not to run in the 2007 election.

Dent, Ivor

  • AR-RG-6-S-6
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1924-1974

Ivor Dent was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1924. He moved to Edmonton in 1952, and eventually earned a Ph.D. in educational administration. He worked for the Edmonton Public School Board as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, and was President of Alberta's New Democratic Party.

After several years of unsuccessful municipal and federal campaigns, Ivor Dent was elected as an Alderman in 1963, and twice more in 1964 and 1966. In 1968 he was elected Mayor, and was re-elected in 1971, but lost to William Hawrelak in 1974.

Ivor Dent passed away in Edmonton in 2009.

Dantzer, Vincent

  • AR-RG-6-S-5
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1923-2001

Vincent Dantzer was born 1923 in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. He served as an Alderman from 1962-1965, and was acting Mayor in 1965 when Mayor William Harewlak was removed from office. Vincent Dantzer defeated William Hawrelak in the 1966 election, and served as Mayor until 1968, when he left municipal politics. While serving as Mayor, Vincent Dantzer also served as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Vincent Dantzer left Edmonton for Vernon, British Columbia in 1970. He served as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Okanagan North from 1980 to 1988. He passed away in Vernon, British Columbia in 2001.

Roper, Elmer E.

  • AR-RG-6-S-4
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1893-1994

Elmer Ernest Roper was born in Ingonish, Nova Scotia in 1893. His family moved to Calgary in 1907, where he apprenticed as a printer and worked for the Calgary Herald. He married Goldie Bell in 1914 and the couple would have four children. In 1917 he became pressroom foreman for the Edmonton Bulletin. He started several businesses, including Commercial Printers Limited, Comset Business Forms Limited, and plastic Platemakers Limited.

Elmer Roper was active in the Labour movement. He was President of the Calgary Trades and Labour Council in 1916, and was Secretary-Treasurer for the Alberta Federation of Labour between 1922 and 1932. He was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1942, and served until 1955 as the Leader of the Alberta Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.

In 1959 Elmer Roper won the Mayoral election, and did so again in 1961. Following his second two year term, in 1963 at age 70, Elmer Roper retied from politics. He and his wife retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1975, and both passed away in 1994.

Mr. Roper was associated with the Edmonton Community Chest, the Edmonton Rotary Club, the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, and the Canadian Red Cross Society. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1959.

Hawrelak, William

  • AR-RG-6-S-3
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1915-1975

William Hawrelak was born in 1915 in Wasel, Alberta. He moved to Edmonton in 1945 and established a soft drink company called Prairie Rose Manufacturing. He was also President of the Alberta Farmer's Union, and of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues before entering municipal politics.

William Hawrelak ran unsuccessfully as an Alderman in the 1948 municipal election, but was elected the following year for a two year term. In 1951 he took over as Mayor when Mayor Sidney Parsons had to temporarily step down for health reasons.

William Hawrelak ran as Mayor in 1951, defeating the incumbent Sidney Parsons, and ran successful re-election campaigns in 1953, 1955, and 1957. In 1959 William Hawrelak resigned as Mayor following a Provincial inquiry into questionable land sales. He was re-elected as Mayor in 1963 and 1964, but was again ousted in 1965 because of his real estate holdings and land transactions. William Hawrelak was elected Mayor a final time in 1974, but passed away of a heart attack the following year while still in office.

Parsons, Sidney

  • AR-RG-6-S-2
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1893-1955

Sidney Parsons was born in Devon, England around 1893. He moved with his parents to New Jersey, where he worked as a brick layer, then a contractor. He moved to Edmonton in 1910.

Sidney Parsons ran unsuccessfully for Council in 1931, 1932, and 1934. He then ran as a Labour candidate in the 1935 Provincial election, but lost again. He was elected as an Alderman in 1938, then re-elected in 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, and 1948. He stepped down midway through his final term as Alderman to run for Mayor, and was elected in 1949. He ran for Mayor again in 1951, but was defeated by William Hawrelak.

Sidney Parsons was active in the labour movement, and served as President of the Edmonton Trades and Labour Council from 1941 to 1945. He was also involved in the Ex-Servicemen’s Association, the Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and was a member of the Edmonton Hospital Board.

Sidney Parsons passed away in Edmonton in 1955.

Parsons, Sidney

  • AR-RG-6-S-2
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1893-1955

Sidney Parsons was born in Devon, England around 1893. He moved with his parents to New Jersey, where he worked as a brick layer, then a contractor. He moved to Edmonton in 1910.

Sidney Parsons ran unsuccessfully for Council in 1931, 1932, and 1934. He then ran as a Labour candidate in the 1935 Provincial election, but lost again. He was elected as an Alderman in 1938, then re-elected in 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, and 1948. He stepped down midway through his final term as Alderman to run for Mayor, and was elected in 1949. He ran for Mayor again in 1951, but was defeated by William Hawrelak.

Sidney Parsons was active in the labour movement, and served as President of the Edmonton Trades and Labour Council from 1941 to 1945. He was also involved in the Ex-Servicemen's Association, the Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and was a member of the Edmonton Hospital Board.

Sidney Parsons passed away in Edmonton in 1955.

Ainlay, Harry

  • AR-RG-6-S-1
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1887-1970

Harry Ainlay was born in Brussels, Ontario in 1887. After earning a teacher’s certificate, he came to Alberta in 1907, spending time around Stavely before moving to Edmonton in 1912. After several years in real estate, Harry Ainlay returned to teaching in 1920, working at Queen Alexandra High School, Garneau High School, and Strathcona High School.

Harry Ainlay first ran for office as an Alderman in 1930, but was defeated. He was first elected as an Alderman in 1931 for a two year term. He was re-elected in 1933, but lost in the 1935 election. He ran for mayor in 1935, 1936, and 1937, but was defeated each time. He returned to municipal politics, and won a seat as an Alderman in 1941 and again in 1943. Halfway through his term as Alderman he stepped down and ran for Mayor in the 1945 election. He won, and served as Mayor until 1949.

Apart from municipal politics, Harry Ainlay ran a number of unsuccessful Provincial campaigns in both Alberta and British Columbia, under the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He was also involved in the Yellowhead Route Association in the 1940s and 1950s.

Due to health concerns, Harry Ainlay left Edmonton and moved to British Columbia. He passed away in Haney, British Columbia in 1970.

Office of the Mayor

  • AR-RG-6
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1892-

Prior to Edmonton's incorporation as a Town in 1892, the area was governed by the Territorial Government. The area was also influenced by the Hudson's Bay Company, the Northwest Mounted Police, as well as local citizens and citizen-run organizations.|On January 9, 1892 the Territorial Government assented to Ordinance No. 7 of 1891-1892: An Ordinance to Incorporate the Town of Edmonton. The incorporation of the Town became official when Edmontonians elected their first Mayor and Council on February 10th of that year.|The Mayor serves as the chief executive officer of the municipality. The Mayor performs the same legislative duties as the other elected officials on Council, providing direction, control, and planning of civic activities. The Mayor is required to preside over all council meetings when in attendance, provide leadership to council, represent Edmonton at functions and events, and can attend and vote in all committee meetings.|The Office of the Mayor is responsible for helping to implement the vision set out by the Mayor and ensuring the business of the office runs smoothly, from attending and following up on key meetings to helping shape city policy to scheduling the Mayor's attendance at various events.|List of Edmonton Mayors (and terms):|1. Matthew McCauley (1893-1895)|2. Herbert Charles Wilson (1895-1986)|3. Cornelius Gallagher (1896)|4. John Alexander McDougall (1896-1897)|5. William S. Edmiston (1897-1899)|6. Kenneth W. MacKenzie (1899-1901)|7. William Short (1901-1904)|8. Kenneth W. MacKenzie (1904-1905)|9. Charles May (1905-1906)|10. William Antrobus Griesbach (1906-1907)|11. John Alexander McDougall (1907-1908)|12. Robert Lee (1908-1910)|13. George S. Armstrong (1910-1912)|14. William Short (1912-1913)|15. William J. McNamara (1913-1914)|16. William Thomas Henry (1914-1917)|17. Harry Marshall Erskine Evans (1917-1918)|18. Joseph Clarke (1918-1920)|19. David Milwyn Duggan (1920-1923)|20. Kenneth Blatchford (1923-1926)|21. Ambrose Bury (1926-1929)|22. James McCrie Douglas (1929-1931)|23. Dan Knott (1931-1934)|24. Joseph Clarke (1934-1937)|25. John Wesley Fry (1937-1945)|26. Harry Ainlay (1945-1949)|27. Sidney Parsons (1949-1951)|28. William Hawrelak (1951-1959)|29. Frederick John Mitchell (1959)|30. Elmer Ernest Roper (1959-1963)|31. William Hawrelak (1963-1965)|32. Vincent Dantzer (1965-1968)|33. Ivor Dent (1968-1974)|34. William Hawrelak (1974-1975)|35. Terry Cavanaugh (1975-1977)|36. Cec Purves (1977-1983)|37. Laurence Decore (1983-1988)|38. Terry Cavanaugh (1988-1989)|39. Jan Reimer (1989-1995)|40. Bill Smith (1995-2004)|41. Stephen Mandel (2004-2013)|42. Don Iveson (2013-Present)

Office of the Mayor

  • AR-RG-6
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1892-

Prior to Edmonton’s incorporation as a Town in 1892, the area was governed by the Territorial Government. The area was also influenced by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Northwest Mounted Police, as well as local citizens and citizen-run organizations.

On January 9, 1892 the Territorial Government assented to Ordinance No. 7 of 1891-1892: An Ordinance to Incorporate the Town of Edmonton. The incorporation of the Town became official when Edmontonians elected their first Mayor and Council on February 10th of that year.

The Mayor serves as the chief executive officer of the municipality. The Mayor performs the same legislative duties as the other elected officials on Council, providing direction, control, and planning of civic activities. The Mayor is required to preside over all council meetings when in attendance, provide leadership to council, represent Edmonton at functions and events, and can attend and vote in all committee meetings.

The Office of the Mayor is responsible for helping to implement the vision set out by the Mayor and ensuring the business of the office runs smoothly, from attending and following up on key meetings to helping shape city policy to scheduling the Mayor’s attendance at various events.

List of Edmonton Mayors (and terms):

  1. Matthew McCauley (1893-1895)
  2. Herbert Charles Wilson (1895-1986)
  3. Cornelius Gallagher (1896)
  4. John Alexander McDougall (1896-1897)
  5. William S. Edmiston (1897-1899)
  6. Kenneth W. MacKenzie (1899-1901)
  7. William Short (1901-1904)
  8. Kenneth W. MacKenzie (1904-1905)
  9. Charles May (1905-1906)
  10. William Antrobus Griesbach (1906-1907)
  11. John Alexander McDougall (1907-1908)
  12. Robert Lee (1908-1910)
  13. George S. Armstrong (1910-1912)
  14. William Short (1912-1913)
  15. William J. McNamara (1913-1914)
  16. William Thomas Henry (1914-1917)
  17. Harry Marshall Erskine Evans (1917-1918)
  18. Joseph Clarke (1918-1920)
  19. David Milwyn Duggan (1920-1923)
  20. Kenneth Blatchford (1923-1926)
  21. Ambrose Bury (1926-1929)
  22. James McCrie Douglas (1929-1931)
  23. Dan Knott (1931-1934)
  24. Joseph Clarke (1934-1937)
  25. John Wesley Fry (1937-1945)
  26. Harry Ainlay (1945-1949)
  27. Sidney Parsons (1949-1951)
  28. William Hawrelak (1951-1959)
  29. Frederick John Mitchell (1959)
  30. Elmer Ernest Roper (1959-1963)
  31. William Hawrelak (1963-1965)
  32. Vincent Dantzer (1965-1968)
  33. Ivor Dent (1968-1974)
  34. William Hawrelak (1974-1975)
  35. Terry Cavanaugh (1975-1977)
  36. Cec Purves (1977-1983)
  37. Laurence Decore (1983-1988)
  38. Terry Cavanaugh (1988-1989)
  39. Jan Reimer (1989-1995)
  40. Bill Smith (1995-2004)
  41. Stephen Mandel (2004-2013)
  42. Don Iveson (2013-Present)
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