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Councillor Jay Garbutt




Jay Garbutt came to Drumheller in 1999 to pursue a business opportunity and is proud to call Drumheller his home. 

While he is busy in his family and business life – raising two children with his wife Tammi and serving the needs of over 2000 clients in his financial services business with Sun Life Financial – Jay has always been community minded.

He has served on the Drumheller Public Library Board, Big Country Victims Services Board, assisted in the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration and is an active Rotarian to name just a few of his community contributions.

Jay was born and raised in Red Deer and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and an Education Degree from the University of Alberta.  

As a second term Councillor, Jay is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges Drumheller will face over the next three years.

You may reach Councillor Garbutt by Email at



Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk


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Lisa was born in Drumheller February of 1980. She is a fifth generation Albertan, whom is married to her high school sweetheart Craig Zacharuk. Together they have two beautiful daughters. Lisa was a small business owner for eleven years, prior to closing her family ran restaurant and leaping into the world of Insurance. Presently she is a Commercial Account Executive for Western Financial Group. As well as currently and proudly serving her third term as municipal councilor for the Town of Drumheller. Lisa enjoys horse back riding, fast cars, writing, reading, drawing and fossil hunting in her spare time. When not on official duty she is also a proud Rotarian, Council member for the governing board of the Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta, director for the Cooperating Society of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, chair of the Homestead Museum Society and as well serves on regional political boards. Lisa has always taken an active role volunteering in her community as she believes the time given makes our home a better place.

You may reach Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk by Email at 


Councillor Tony Lacher

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Tony Lacher moved to Drumheller in 1996 as the new branch manager of ATB Financial. He held that position up until 2010 when he was promoted to a District General Manager for SE Alberta. Albeit his new office was in Lethbridge, he chose to commute the distance versus leaving this beautiful valley. After 35 years of service to ATB Financial, Tony chose to retire in 2014.

Tony and his wife Linda raised three children, all of whom have gone on to establish successful careers of their own. They have 3 grandchildren and enjoy frequent visits with them. They have remained in Drumheller as this town truly felt like their home.

Throughout the 21 years that we have resided in Drumheller, Tony has participated in many volunteer organizations and fund raising campaigns. He has served on the Drumheller Solid Waste & Recycling committee and was the past chair of the Badlands Community Facility steering committee. Tony is the current president of the Drumheller Lions Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus. This is his first term on council and he can be reached at 



Councillor Tom Zariski

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Tom was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on June 5/51.

Tom grew up, played hockey and went to school in Edmonton.

In 1975 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and a major in English and Art.

He received his Diploma in Human Resources Administration from University of Calgary in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from University of Calgary in 1997.

In 1975 Tom and his wife Jean moved to Drumheller and raised two children in the valley.

Deanne (Deanne graduated from the U of A and works at the Royal Tyrrell Museum) and Ross (recently graduated from University of Victoria).

While at Drumheller Composite High School he taught English and Art, became the Vice Principal in 1989 and the Principal in 1996.

Tom was also the Central Alberta High Schools Principals’ Association Chairman. In 2010 Tom retired from his teaching career.

He is currently serving his third term as Town Councillor.

Tom has been very busy with many organizations in Drumheller.

He was the co-founder and president of the Drumheller Community Football Association, founder of the Drumheller Community Golf Association, chairman of the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, a member of Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the RCMP and Vice Chair of the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation.

Tom has also coached soccer, volleyball, golf, and hockey, and was the vice president of the Drumheller Minor Hockey Association and Vice President of the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club.

Tom is a Royal Canadian Golf Association Level 4 certified Rules Official and an Alberta Golf Association Board member.

With all of his community and not for profit work he was chosen as the Town of Drumheller’s Citizen of the Year in 2001.

You may reach Councillor Zariski by Email at


Councillor Fred Makowecki

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Fred was born in Jasper Alberta and grew up in Edson Alberta. He graduated from NAIT with a certificate in Commercial Signwriting. He worked in Edmonton for a couple of years and moved to Drumheller in 1978 and took over teaching in the Industrial Graphic Arts Shop at the Drumheller Institution for 12 years.

He left the institution and made his part time business, Image Crafter Signs a full time operation in 1989.

Image Crafter Signs has been operating in Drumheller for over 35 years.

Fred is married to Kathy who has worked at the Drumheller Hospital for over 35 years. Fred and Kathy have raised 2 children in Drumheller,

In 2004 Fred was a candidate for Drumheller council but was unsuccessful. Wanting to contribute to his community, his focus turned to the many charities and community boards he has served on since that time;
• Drumheller Crimestoppers serving as chair from the formation in Drumheller.
• A member of the team who initiated the first Crimestopper program within a federal institution in Canada.
• A member of Citizen Advisory Committee of the RCMP for almost 10 years.
• Recipient of the provincial crime prevention award from the Government of Alberta.
• Drumheller Policing Committee since its inception, served as chair for the past 5 years.
• 6yr term as a governing board member of The Alberta Association of Police Governance. Second year as Chair of the Alberta Association of Police Governance.
• Involved in Scouting as Vice Chair for a number of years.
• Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
• Past Member Co-op board.
• Winner Business Professional of the Year-Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
• Founder of The Morgan Jayne Project dedicated to helping those directly affected by HIV and AIDS on Roatan, Honduras.
• Chair of The Morgan Jayne Children's Foundation, a project named after his daughter who passed away in 2006.

None of this would have been accomplished without constant support and help from his wife Kathy and son Cody. Fred also appreciates the support of friends and colleagues with whom he has worked with on various committees to make Drumheller and our Province a better place.

"I love our community and as I approach my 40th year of residence I feel it is important to know our neighbors. To listen to each other and grow our town with a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and excitement about a more vibrant Drumheller."

Councillor Makowecki can be reached at 

Councillor Kristyne DeMott

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Kristyne DeMott was born on September 01 here in Drumheller: the only child of lifetime locals Jeff and Kathy DeMott. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Mount Royal University in 2008 and currently works as a Residential and Interior Designer for her own business.

Kristyne married her husband Garret here in Drumheller on August 20th 2016 and they are currently living in the home her dad grew up in. The couple spends their free time together watching 'their shows' (such as Ghost Adventures, Survivor and Big Brother), playing video games, and doing yard & house work together.

Kristyne has been an avid 'gym go-er' since 2012. She loves bodybuilding and heads to the weight rack 9/10 times over the cardio equipment. She lives on coffee and enjoys loud music, being busy, and organization.

Kristyne is super excited to be elected for her first term in Council here in Drumheller. She is eager to learn and be a voice & warm smile for the citizens and community of Drumheller.

Councillor Demott can be reached at 

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