Meet the nominees running for Preeceville Town Council

The Town of Preeceville is scheduled to host a byelection with five nominees set for September 18 at the Preeceville Community Legion Hall. Advance polls will be held September 14.

Florian Balawyder

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"I will work for the community in all aspects of the community,” said Balawyder. “I understand the importance in preserving what we have in the community, growing the downtown core, working with the town to provided efficiency in the day-to-day operations, attract new businesses, the agricultural core and I believe in making our community stronger.”

Balawyder has lived in the community for 12 years and is recently retired from Richardson Pioneer as area marketing representative. He has been involved in farming, environmental companies, economic development member, minor and senior hockey, water shed member and vice chairman of Big Sky Farms.

Chris Balyski

"It would be a great experience to be an alderman for the town of Preeceville,” said Balyski. “I have been a resident for 42 years following in the footsteps of my grandfather and father who were also councilors for the Town of Preeceville. That would place me as third generation. I can bring experience of governance to the town from a different level. I have been serving as a board trustee to the Good Spirit School Division for almost a decade.

“I have many ideas to help our town thrive and stay alive, including how to keep our existing residents and entice new residents to reside in Preeceville. I would help rebuild our business sector by attracting new (different) businesses to Preeceville.

“I have a vested interest in the community and area. As a business owner I understand the importance of budgeting and proper financial management. My family and I are actively involved in the community and volunteering at many events," Balyski concluded.

Nathan Draper

"I'm running for council in hopes of bringing a new voice to our town and helping shape the future of Preeceville. I care about our community and the people that call it home. I have the drive, determination and purpose to make Preeceville a better place for all," said Draper.

Draper is an active volunteer fireman and is involved in many activities Preeceville offers. He is passionate about many things and said he will “always keep the best interest of our community in mind.”

Draper was born and raised in Preeceville and said he cares about people’s needs, young and old alike.

"I believe it is imperative we continue the support of our hospital and to our seniors. Those who have contributed to our community have a right to a safe and caring retirement.

“I care about what you want, am willing to listen to your concerns and will work hard to be your voice to make the changes to help make this a better community in which to work, live, play and call home. Please take the time to vote," concluded Draper.

Brian MacDonald

Brian MacDonald and his family moved to Preeceville in 2017 from Calgary. MacDonald has spent 25 years as a red seal journeyman painter and decorator. For the past 10 years he worked in the new home warranty industry as an inspector and dispute resolution conciliator. In Preeceville he has worked at Home Hardware and is currently employed at Shop Easy.

MacDonald was involved on a board of directors, as sports director and soccer coach while in Calgary.

"I welcome the opportunity to serve my new community," he said.

Denity Nelson

"I am looking forward to making a change. Change starts with one person and I will give residents a voice with council," said Denity Nelson.

Nelson said she and her family have lived in Preeceville for the past 17 years and prior to that they resided in Sturgis for 12 years. Nelson has an interest in the school and believes in working on maintaining what the community already has in ways of recreation and the business sector.