When nominations closed on August 21, there were two candidates in the running for a seat left vacant when Jared Ruf resigned.
Karen Tourangeau and Tim Derwores will both be on the ballot on September 25, the day a poll will be held at the OCC Hall to decide who will fill the seat on council until the 2020 general election.
Tourangeau grew up on the Cote First Nation (FN) and her parents are Peter and Elizabeth Tourangeau. She received her education at Cote FN, Victoria School and KCI (Kamsack Comprehensive Institute).
“I’ve lived in the town of Kamsack for over 15 years, and I feel very much a part of the community,” she said. “I would like the opportunity to continue, but from the inside, giving my thoughts and opinions on decision making. Also, my decision to run for council is based on celebrating the diversity in our community.
“I’m very much involved with the community right now. I’m 2 Lieutenant with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Commanding Officer with Kamsack air cadets and 2nd vice president with Royal Canadian Legion. I’m on the drama and theatre boards, and volunteer throughout Kamsack and area when asked.
“I work with the youth in the community through the air cadet program, giving the youth an opportunity to travel, participate in flying and being a part of the community. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I like to barbecue, much like I was doing with the air cadets on Canada Day and the recent Street Festival,” she concluded.
“As a Kamsack business owner, I am very passionate about the future direction of Kamsack,” said Derwores. “This is my home, and I am dedicated to seeing Kamsack move forward in a positive direction.”
Derwores is a graduate of KCI, having moved to the area with his parents and two siblings in 1992, and was raised on the family farm. He owns and operates a business in Kamsack.
“I would expect to find sitting on town council to be a learning curve, with challenges and gratifications, but, at the end of the day, this town is a business, and operates on the same principles as any business in order to be successful.
“I believe that my long-term residency in Kamsack, being a member of the Kamsack community for 27 years and now running a business, have given me valuable insights. I bring enthusiasm and experience to the table, and if elected, I will always be available to listen to concerns of community members.
“I would welcome the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of the town, how municipal government works and how municipalities interact with other levels of government.
“Infrastructure and fiscal management need to be kept in balance to move the town forward. Kamsack is situated in a beautiful and diverse area, and I feel if I were a member of its governing body, I could be a positive voice,” Derwores concluded.