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Viking Town Council

The Town of Viking Municipal Council is composed of a Mayor and Six(6) Councillors. The Town of Viking uses the term Councillor that is gender neutral and for the purposes of interpretation of Provincial enactments is interchangeable with Alderman.

The positions of Mayor and Councillors are at-large elections, meaning that each person elected represents the Town as a whole and not a particular section of the Town. The Town of Viking does not have a ward system. Council Meetings are held in Council Chambers, in the Town Administration building. The open session of the Council Meeting commences @ 1800 hours and members of the public are welcome to attend. Council meeting minutes are posted to this website once approved by Council.

It is legislated under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that municipalities within the province of Alberta are accountable:

  • To provide good government,
  • To provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of Council, are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality, and
  • To develop and maintain safe and viable communities.

Council has developed governance policies to ensure Council provides good government and conducts its business in compliance with legislative requirements and best practices. In addition to this policy framework, Council is required to adhere to its Procedural Bylaw. The Procedural Bylaw outlines the decision making process followed by Council.

Council Governance Policies - PDF.
Council Procedural Bylaw - PDF.

Town Council

David Zayonce  (Mayor)

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Mayor David Zayonce
  • Elected Mayor in 2013
  • Moved to Viking in 2008
  • Proudly serving in the Fire Service for 25+ years.
  • Region 4 Director for the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association
  • Proud father of 4

Travis Hartl (Councilor)

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Travis Hartl
  • Raised in Viking
  • Bachelor Degree in Education at U of A
  • Elected to Council in 2013
  • Teacher at Wainwright High School
  • Director of the Veg-Al-Drug Society 1987-1997
  • Heavy Oil Operations Technology Certificate
  • Marketing & Management Diploma

Rod Hunter (Councilor)

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Rod Hunter
  • Elected to Council in 2013
  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Retired C.O.O. United Canadian Shares Ltd. (AB)
  • Married and father of 4
  • Two time World Curling Champion

Ellen Lefsrud (Councilor)

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Ellen Lefsrud
  • Elected to Council in 2013
  • Has lived in the Viking area for 44 years with her husband
  • Previously served on Council from 2007-2010
  • Volunteers for numberous groups and organizations
  • Wife and Mother of 3

Judy Acres (Deputy Mayor)

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Deputy Mayor Judy Acres
  • Born and raised in Viking
  • Elected to Council in 2010
  • Spent 34 years with Saskatoon Public School Board as a High School Teacher and administrator
  • Proud Mom of 3 adult daughters
  • Retired in 2008 and returned to Viking
  • Loves to travel, garden, and paint
  • Thrilled to be a member of Viking Town Council

Jason Ritchie (Councilor)

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Jason Ritchie
  • Moved to Viking in 2009
  • Graduated with a Management Studies Diploma from Grant MacEwan College
  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from UBC
  • Owner of Ritchie's Painting
  • Enjoys outdoor sports including camping
  • Excited to play an important role in the town and working with the new council.

Laurel Weisgerber (Councilor)

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Laurel Weisgerber
  • Born and raised on a farm in Radville Saskatchewan, moved to Viking in 2007
  • Completed Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in marketing
  • Working at the Viking Medical Clinic
  • Recently accpeted a position as Communications Coordinator with Kalyna Country Primary Care Network
  • Married and Mother of 1
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