Chernoff seeking council seat; believes getting young people involved is important

Megan Chernoff learned the value of volunteering while still in high school in Castlegar, B.C.

Megan Chernoff

Megan Chernoff learned the value of volunteering while still in high school in Castlegar, B.C.

“My family have always been huge volunteers,” she said.

When she moved to Sylvan Lake seven years ago, it was just natural for her to seek opportunities to volunteer. She’s currently on the town’s Municipal Planning Commission, review committee for Northeast, Southeast and South area structure plans, Family & Community Support Services board, and has been involved with the Optimist Club and other town events.

Now she’s announced she’s running for a seat on town council. “I feel like running for council is the next step. There are so many things I’ve gotten into I’d like to dive a little deeper,” said the 26-year-old.

Planning is one of the areas that interests her as it has interested her father. He’s Kevin Chernoff and has been a city councillor at Castlegar since 2005.

Her father “always encouraged me to share my voice and passion for my community. He always said that community or the sense of community is what is the heart and soul of where you live.”

Chernoff operates her own marketing business and works from home which gives her flexibility in her schedule to do the volunteering and time to spend on council duties if elected.

Expanded health care in Sylvan Lake is one of the topics that she’s concerned about. “I’m excited to do more, we can advocate like crazy,” she said, noting the decision will ultimately be made elsewhere.

“I’d love to see the downtown continue on with revitalization.”

Chernoff is also intrigued by Sylvan Lake’s population. “When I read the census, a huge population of the town is under 35 but they’re not represented on council. I’d like to see diversity sitting around the table.”

Reflecting on her own situation, she believes getting young people involved is important. “If you grew up volunteering, actively involved, it’s always something you will do,” she said. “If we get more young people involved they will grow up and do the same thing.”

Chernoff believes Sylvan Lake is a great community with a tremendous future for all generations. “It’s a place I’d like to raise my kids and a place my parents can come to and be happy as well.”

“I am passionate about growing our community and getting our youth and young adults involved in shaping Sylvan Lake’s future,” she said. “Equally important as our younger population are our seniors. We need to insure our seniors are treated with dignity and they have the ability to have their voices heard.”

Besides health care, she promises to be a “strong advocate” for “housing that seniors can afford and can expect to live out their lives in whatever form they choose”.

Asked about the reaction to her candidacy from friends and acquaintances, she said “a lot of people are not surprised. Most of the people I’ve spoken to so far have been very supportive. I’m excited to get out some more.”

To learn more about her check her Facebook page, Megan Chernoff for Sylvan Lake Council.

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake and Eckville under snow fall warning

Environment Canada issued the warning Saturday morning.

Local parents and teachers learn how to help their kids Grow Up Digital

Dr. Phillip McCrae presented research from Grow Up Digital Alberta on Fri., Sept. 21

H.J. Cody Lakers stumble against Stettler Wildcats

The Lakers lost the home game, Sept. 20, 20-8

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Red Deer County wins award for third year

Red Deer County was recently recognized for outstanding budget presentation

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

Most Read