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Mayor Dionne has had a very successful 27 year career in the property
Before being elected Mayor in the City of Prince Albert, he served as a
Councillor in Ward 2 for nine years. In 2012, he received the Queen
Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to
Mayor Dionne is the 29th Mayor of the City of Prince Albert and was elected
on October 24, 2012 (3 years) and re-elected on October 26, 2016 (4
years). Through his many years in Prince Albert, he has served on many
boards and committees. Mayor Dionne is currently the Vice-Chairperson
for the Board of Police Commissioners for the City of Prince Albert.
Nationally, he has also held the seat of Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and then
Chairman of the Canadian Police Board.
Mayor Dionne is currently involved with numerous local organizations in
many capacities such as Secretary-Treasurer for the Prince Albert
Regional Economic Development Alliance, sits on the Airport Advisory
Committee, Prince Albert Arts Board, Prince Albert Exhibition Association,
Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District and Northern Lights
Community Development Corporation.
Mayor Dionne has a unique leadership style where he loves to challenge
individuals to bring forward new ideas and solutions on how to move Prince
Albert forward. He has worked diligently with the provincial and federal
governments to secure a new multi-recreational facility for the City of
Prince Albert; worked with the provincial government to secure a new multi
story addition to Victoria Hospital; and introduced a partnership with Husky
Oil to bring to the City the completion of the Rotary Trail, a community
billboard, and a new spray park in Kinsmen Park.
I was born in 1964 into a military family, we moved to Prince Albert in 1975 and I’ve called Prince Albert home since then. I began my career in law enforcement as a correctional officer, then parole office in the Correctional Service of Canada. It was during that time when I obtained my Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. I had always wanted to become a police officer to serve in a different capacity and I was fortunate enough to become a member of the Prince Albert Police Service.
During my time in policing I became acutely aware of the unfulfilled promises made by the former NDP government to add 200 more police officers to the existing ranks province wide. A leave of absence from the Police Service in 2007 afforded me the opportunity to become a Member of the Legislative Assembly under Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party where I was appointed to the Executive Council of Saskatchewan as a Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing, where along with the assistance of ministry officials, we set out the framework to fulfill the 200 police officer void. At that same time, I was appointed to the Treasury Board where we set out the provincial budgets.
My time on Executive Council continued with the appointment as the Minister of Municipal Affairs where I also sat as a Board Member on the Municipal Financial Corporation. In that roll I worked alongside the Minister of Finance to approve borrowing by municipalities and allocate revenue sharing. I also had the opportunity to work alongside government officials and the Federal Ministers to procure and allocate infrastructure funding to our municipalities.
In 2011 I was re-elected and chaired the Economy Committee and chaired the Provincial Traffic Safety Committee where we began the work we see being continued today to decrease the fatalities on our roadways.
Prior to 2015 I decided I was not going to seek another term, when asked why, I tell people that I had never planned on staying in Provincial Politics as a career. I always believed staying too long in politics can change your perspective on matters and the roll you fulfill. It was time to return to the Prince Albert Police Service to begin my recertification and the requalification process on the Services timeline in order to return to active duty prior to the next provincial election.
I spent the next years working the front lines of Policing, coming to understand how addiction and homelessness attribute to our rising overall crime rates. I retired from my career in policing as a member of the Provincial Internet Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (ICE) where we hunted those who prey on our children.
When asked why I would want to become the Mayor of Prince Albert my answer is simple, I have always had the desire to serve our community in one capacity or another, at one level or another. I also firmly believe governing is not about power, it’s about purpose.
Dennis Nowoselsky has served as a City Councillor 1991- 1994 1997-2003 and 2016 to present.
A member of an elected team of officials who was responsible for establishing city policy, budget prioritization, planning and implementing capital projects, services and programs, motivating and evaluating senior administration, chairing meetings and addressing citizens problems and contributing to the resolution of municipal issues.
Past City Council Accomplishments include:
- Successfully advocated for playground improvements
- Reduced bus rates for seniors and students
- Successfully introduced a no smoking in public facilities resolution. (Moose Jaw & Yorkton had similar resolution) These city resolution influenced the Saskatchewan municipalities delegates to support it and the Provincial government to enact new legislation
- Helped two physically handicapped citizens get an amendment to the signage policy where they didn’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to have a handicap bus sign in front of their property.
- Successfully lobbied for the installation of portable toilets at soccer pitches and ball diamonds.
- Listened to two teachers who had young families and convinced Council to introduce a family rate at Cooke Municipal Golf Course
- Fought for a lower admission on a couple of nights to the water slides so poorer families could afford to attend.
- On the suggestion of a senior citizen, successfully fought for the installation of benches at bus stops.
- Introduced the motion to conduct a $25,000.00 feasibility study to build our Visual and Performing Arts Centre (now the Rawlinson Center).
- Reviews how nationnal and provincial laws and policiies affect our City – our citizens. He successfully introduced a motion opposing the free-trade agreement that benefitted large corporations and weakened Canada’s sovereignty.
- Ensured close scrutiny of City spending tto ensure good stewardship of resources and protection of God’s creation (ex. Cleaning up the reosote contamination at the Old Forest Products site on 15th Street East – now Cornerstone).
- Strongly encouraged citizen input into improving municipal servicees and programs and monitoring the effectivess of present ones.
- Advocated for zero tax increases and department budget restrructuring.
- Promoted local businesses and beautification in our City (ex. Golden Space Award).
Individual responsibilities while on council included:
- Chairperson – Environment Committee
- Member – Parks & Recreation
- Member Cuelenaere – Library Board
- Representative – Emergency Measures
- Member – Employee Assistance/Benefits Committee
- Deputy Mayor Chairperson – Planning Advisory Committee
- Director – Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Committee Farm Fair
- Director – Community Service Center
- Chairperson – Fire Service Committee
- City Director – Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Board
- Director – Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Board
- Past Board Member – Police Commission
- Dennis Nowoselsky may be contacted at 306-940-6848 or dnowoselsky @ gmail.com