Meet the Council

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Get to Know Mayor Al Friesen

Al Friesen was elected Mayor of the Town of Altona by acclamation in the 2018 Municipal Election. Al is a life-long community volunteer having served in leadership roles on the Altona Community Foundation, Altona Centennial Committee, Manitoba Sunflower Festival, Gallery in the Park, and Altona’s Canada 150 Celebration.  Al is a Lifetime Honourary Member of Curl Manitoba after serving roles  as co-chair of the Credit Union Diamond Ladies, Mondetta Senior Women’s, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Chicken Chef Mixed, and Strathcona Trust Senior Men’s and Canola U21 Junior Men’s and Women’s Provincial Curling Championship. His enjoyment of the outdoors has resulted in completion of Manitoba Full and Half Marathons, Morden Triathlon, and he is a two time participant in the annual 1500 kilometer Habitat for Humanity Cycle of Hope. He and his wife Tara have walked the 800 km Camino de Santiago in Spain and 250 km Portuguese Camino. Al is committed to working with Altona residents, along with the Town of Altona staff and council to continue growing Altona as a great place to raise a family and pursue a career. He represents Town Council as a member of Pembina Valley Reeves and Mayor’s Group, Altona and Area Health Care Stakeholders, and Altona Community Development Corporation.

You can reach Mayor Friesen by email at themayorsdesk@altona.ca


Get to Know Deputy Mayor Jordan Siemens

Born in Altona and a graduate of W.C. Miller Collegiate, Jordan has always believed in being an active part of his community.  During high school he served as Student Council President, as a founding member of the W.C. Miller Youth in Philanthropy, and as Youth Representative on the board of the Altona Community Foundation and on the Altona Town Council.  He built leadership skills volunteering as a lifeguard and counsellor at Winkler Bible Camp and by attending conferences such as the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa.

Jordan left Altona to attend Providence University College and graduated with a B.A. Honors Degree in Business Administration and Agriculture.  During his time there he was involved in Student Leadership, served on faculty hiring committees, and organized on-air policy debates during the 2011 provincial election.  He earned the Manitoba Student Entrepreneur Champion award in 2011 and 2013.  He continued to be involved in provincial and federal governance through attending Mennonite Central Committee’s student seminar in Ottawa and through serving as a board member for the Emerson PC Association.

In 2016 Jordan moved into Altona and has been working at Greenvalley Equipment as a Precision Agriculture Specialist.  He continues to be involved in the community through practicing English with newcomers at English Cafe, and in 2018 was pleased to be elected to serve as Altona Town Councillor.  He serves on the Shared Services Committee, the South Central Regional Library Board, Pembina Valley Local Immigration Partnership, and chairs the Altona and Area Immigration Coordinating Committee. He also serves as alternate chair of the Works and Operations Committee.

You can reach Deputy Mayor Siemens by email at jordan.siemens@altona.ca


Get to Know Councillor Glen Robinson

Glen Robinson was re-elected onto the Town of Altona Council in 2018. Glen was first elected to Council in 2010, re-elected by acclamation in 2014.

Glen served in the Canadian Military for four years. He began his policing career in Brandon, in 1991 Glen was hired by the Town of Altona as Police Chief and served the community for 19 years. Glen enjoyed serving the region as a School Trustee for Border Land School Division, for a number of years, he also enjoyed umpiring for Altona Minor ball and coached hockey. He represents the residents of Altona on the following boards and committees: Shared Services, Altona and District Chamber of Commerce Board, and RPGA Planning District, and is the Chair of the Works and Operations Committee.

Councillor Robinson can be reached by email at glenrob2020@gmail.com


Get to Know Councillor Donna Rosling-Wolters

Donna Rosling-Wolters first joined the Town of Altona Council in 2014, and was re-elected in 2018. She has been a local business owner since 2005, and prior to that worked in retail and social service agencies with a focus on women and families. Donna currently represents residents on the SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurs through Economic Development) Board, RPGA Planning District, Altona/Rhineland Growth Partnership Committee, Finance and Administration Committee. She has also been an active member of the Altona community, serving on a variety of boards in the past.

Councillor Rosling-Wolters can be reached by email at donna.wolters@altona.ca


Get to Know Councillor Curt Letkeman

Curt Letkeman has been with Friesens, one of North America’s premier book manufacturers for over 30 years working in IT, Credit Management and Accounting before taking his current role as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. He obtained his Certified Management Accounting degree in 1997 and was valedictorian of the graduating class. Curt has been involved with coaching and officiating kids sports in Altona for 25 years. He’s served on the boards of the Oakview Golf Club, Altona Minor Hockey and Baseball, and Seeds Community Church where he’s involved as Treasurer and Youth Leader. Having participated on the Altona and now Access Credit Union board for almost 20 years, Curt has served as chairs of Audit and Community Investment committees as well as presiding as both vice-chair and presently chair of the board.

Curt brings strong financial and accounting experience to the Town Council. He values teamwork, respect and concern for residents. Curt represents the residents of Altona on the following boards and committees:  Altona/Rhineland Growth Partnership Committee, Lower Red River Valley Water Commission, Pembina Valley Water Cooperative, Compost Service Task Force, and serves as the chair of the Finance and Administration Committee.

You can reach Councillor Letkeman by email at curtl@friesens.com.


Get to Know Councillor Joel Pankewich

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Joel Pankewich moved to Winnipeg to pursue post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba.  After graduating with his B.Sc in Pharmacy, Joel transitioned into the workforce and managed several pharmacies in Winnipeg.  When the opportunity to open a community-oriented pharmacy became available, he chose to start in Altona.  Joel relocated to Altona and opened Pembina Valley Pharmacy in July 2017.  Since the first day of business, Joel’s mandate at work is to create a person-first, best practice business that was driven by giving back to the community and reinforcing local initiatives.  Through his business initiatives, Joel has had the opportunity to provide support to local charities, organizations, and activities every month.  While he is new to government involvement, Joel is committed to bringing his expertise in business development, healthcare, and community growth to the Town Council.

Joel represents the residents of Altona on the following boards and committees: Altona and District Health Care Centre, Manitoba Sunflower Festival Committee, Equal Access Altona, and serves as the chair of the Community and Social Development Committee.

Councillor Pankewich can be reached by email at joel.pankewich@altona.ca


Get to Know Councillor Harv Schroeder

Harv Schroeder moved to Altona after graduating from WC Miller Collegiate. His first job was at OTC, which is currently called Blue Sky Opportunities.   A job opening for Public Works with the Town became available, and it was his career for the next 30 years. He is currently working on the family farm where he grew up, in Sommerfeld.  Harv has always enjoyed working for the public and living in Altona, and felt that he wanted to give back to the citizens of the town of Altona.  The Town of Altona has given him opportunities to raise his family here, play sports, coach Girls hockey, softball, Special Olympics, and be involved with the YFC board. He will work with Council to continue to move the community forward.

Harv currently represents the residents of Altona on the following boards and committees: Altona Police Board, RPGA Planning District, Altona & District Health Care Centre, Altona 125/Manitoba 150 Celebration Committee, Pembina Valley Water Co-Op, and serves as alternate chair of the Community and Social Development Committee.

You can reach Councillor Schroeder by email at harv.schroeder@altona.ca