Mayor & Council Profiles:
Mayor Dale Bumstead
Mayor Dale Bumstead was born and raised in Dawson Creek and has raised his family here. He is married to LuVern and they have three adult children and six grandchildren. Dale enjoys spending time at the family cabin at One Island Lake. Dale worked his 32-year career with ICBC, the last 12 years as Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Broker Relations and Sales. The highlight was negotiating ICBC’s sponsorship agreement with VANOC for the 2010 Winter Olympics and developing the Provincial Olympic License Plate program. Dale also worked for approximately eight months at the Constituency Assistant for Blair Lekstrom, MLA, Peace River South.
Dale served a six year term on the Board of Northern Health, chairing the Performance and Planning Committee and serving two years as Vice Chair of the Board. Dale also served on the Board of the Lakeview Credit Union for 13 years and served as Chair of the Board for 10 years. Dale is currently in his seventh year as the Mayor of Dawson Creek. He has spent countless hours volunteering for all of the minor sports his children participated in over the years including; minor hockey, lacrosse, baseball and speed skating. He also served as the District Coaching Coordinator for BCAHA for approximately 10 years.
Councillor Blair Lekstrom
Councillor Paul Gevatkoff
Councillor Gevatkoff and his wife Sharon moved to Dawson Creek in 1973. He was employed by the British Columbia Forest Service until retirement in 2003. Paul and Sharon’s two children were born in Dawson Creek and continue to reside in the area. Councillor Gevatkoff previously served on Council for 9 years from 2002-2011. He has been extensively involved with various societies and has played multiple volunteer roles in the community.
Councillor Charlie Parslow
Councillor Parslow is serving in his third term on Council. He has been an educator all his working life – high school teacher and high school principal in the Lower Mainland and near Victoria. He served as School Superintendent and C.E.O for School District #59 (Peace River South) from 1981 to 2001. He was instrumental in the formation of the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre and the Kiwanis Enterprise Centre. As Superintendent of Schools he served on the Provincial Educational Finance Committee for many years. He was a pioneer in the implementation of School Based Management and focused a lot of his leadership on the empowerment of staff. Since retirement he works as a workshop presenter on personal and organizational effectiveness, governance, leadership and team building. He and his wife, Mary, do a lot of facilitation work across the province.
Councillor Jerimy Earl
Councillor Jerimy Earl is proud to call the Peace Region home since 2010. He is serving his first term as a Councillor for the City of Dawson Creek.
Jerimy graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2008 with a BA, focused in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. Since returning to the North, he has been working in communications, stakeholder engagement and community organizing in some capacity or another. In the summer of 2017, alongside his partner, Jennifer, he welcomed his first child, Abigail Lee, into the world.
Most notably, he spent two years as the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation before moving on to the Encana Events Centre, where he worked with an amazing group of people for five and a half years as the Director of Corporate Partnerships. Currently Jerimy is the Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement Specialist for the Lake View Credit Union.
In addition to his professional experience, he was a volunteer for six years as a Director for the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce, ultimately serving as the President for more than three of those years. Councillor Earl has been involved in a number of other community endeavors throughout the years and has an abiding passion for helping foster and promote the local music scene in the Peace Region.
He is a passionate advocate for local enterprise and decision making, having seen first-hand how instrumental local business is to building community and contributing to the amazing quality of life enjoyed by the people of Dawson Creek.
Councillor Amy Kaempf
Councillor Kaempf was born and raised in Dawson Creek and is serving her first term on Council. She has lived in Dawson Creek and surrounding area her entire life, and is now raising her children in a place she is proud to call home. Amy has two children who have taught her so much and she is blessed to be their mom. She is currently working at Safeway as the Administrative Manager and is approaching her 20th year with the company. In regards to education, Amy has taken her Associate of Arts Degree and the Office Administrative program at Northern Lights College. Amy’s time in the community has been spent coaching volleyball, coaching soccer, being a Scout Leader for the 1st Dawson Creek Scouts, volunteering at the Dawson Creek Alliance Church with the children’s church and women’s ministry, volunteering at Notre Dame School, and being a member of the Notre Dame Parent Support Group. For leisure in Dawson Creek, Amy spends a lot of time running, and tries to enter and compete in as many marathons as she can in Dawson Creek and the surrounding area. She is excited to give back to her community what her community has given to her. Amy has a lot of community pride and is excited to be able to take part in the decision making for the future direction of Dawson Creek.
Councillor Shaely Wilbur
Councillor Wilbur has been an active member of our Community since her arrival in 1997. Shaely and her spouse, Bruce Endicott, have five children and seven grandchildren. As a third term councillor, she has a continued passion for health care, education, and small business in our region. As a Past President for the NCLGA (North Central Local Gov’t Association) she recognizes the similarities and differences of Rural BC and is a dedicated voice at all tables for the South Peace and North Central BC.
Shaely takes pride in her open door outlook that hears all voices, and always has time to listen to all members of the community. As the Love Dawson Creek Community Champion, she is never shy to let everyone know ‘that it is the small business sector that is the foundational gem of our economic sustainability and growth.’
When not representing the citizens through the council table, she is busy as the Administrator for South Peace Junior Soccer, District Representative for the Crescent Park PAC, and President of the South Peace Health Services Society.