Now that Lethbridge is a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants, there are some perceived “big city” problems that go along with it. Actually, we have had many of them all along, but with a larger population they become more visible. With the Federal election looming in less than a week and a Provincial budget to be unveiled shortly after, the intergovernmental effects on Lethbridge could be substantial and will need unpacking.

This year has proven to be a bright spot in the form of grand openings for major capital improvement projects, economic development and the progress being made on revitalizing the Downtown. Aside from the nation-wide substance abuse concerns and the progress being made with the Clean and Safe Strategy, there are a number of challenges and opportunities our Mayor and Council welcome each new week. Come and hear what’s at the top of our Mayor’s list this week.

Speaker: Chris Spearman, Mayor of Lethbridge

Along with 38 years of business experience, Chris Spearman devoted 18 years (1992-2010) to serving on the Holy Spirit School Board which included two terms as Board Chair. He is a founding member of the Industrial Association of Southern Alberta, established in 1983. Chris is passionate about environmental issues, supports practical solutions and believes in continuous improvement. His employment experience includes 10 years working with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and 13 years with ISO 9002 Quality Systems.

Chris was a member of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and served on several sub-committees. In addition, he served five years (2008-2013) on the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management Advisory Committee. From 2010 to 2013 he served as a board member for the Aboriginal Housing Society. Chris has also volunteered with several other community organizations including Economic Development Lethbridge (a founding member) and the Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta (now known as the Ability Resource Centre).

As the father of four adult children and proud grandpa of six grandchildren, Chris loves spending time with his family, particularly when they gather for special occasions such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and family birthdays. His leisure activities include skiing, walking in our city parks and biking our trails. He enjoys travel and appreciates cultural diversity.

Moderator: Dr. Bev Muendel-Atherstone

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 Time: Doors open 11:30 am, Presentation 12 noon, buffet lunch 12:30 pm, Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm Location: Royal Canadian Legion (north door) 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge Cost: $14 buffet lunch with dessert/coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice. RSVP not required

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