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Town Councillors

Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley -

“The people of Fort Smith are what set the town apart from any other place in the world that may be just as beautiful,” says Lynn Napier-Buckley. “Tourists come here and always comment on how friendly the people are here.” Lynn has been a part of Fort Smith for about 20 years and it’s where she spent most of her childhood. Outside of her Council duties, Lynn is a Program Coordinator for the Fort Smith Victim Services Program and a board member of the Fort Smith Metis Council. She decided to run for Council in order to contribute the perspective her combination of work and volunteer experience to the Town’s governance. Specifically, Lynn felt it was important the Town build on services and programs available and make them more accessible to the entire community.


Deputy Mayor Kevin Smith -

Kevin has lived in Fort Smith since 1998, and he believes that this beautiful town on the banks of the majestic Slave River is the best place in the North to raise a young family. First elected in 2009 Kevin is now in his third term on Council. Until recently Kevin has chaired the Community Services Standing Committee which deals with recreation, library and trade and tourism issues and was heavily involved in the retrofit project at the Arena. He now chairs the Corporate Services Standing Committee which oversees finances, human resources and governance issues at the Town. Kevin is actively involved in minor hockey and the Fort Smith Ski Club among many other things and he is the Director of Media & Marketing of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. 


Councillor Al Dumont -

Al Dumont moved to Fort Smith with his wife in 1975, intending to stay for a couple of years. Almost 40 years later, the pair is now retired in Fort Smith near their children and grandchildren. Al decided to run for Council for the first time in 2012 in order to give residents of Fort Smith the opportunity to see a positive change in the way their town was governed. Since beginning his term as a Councillor, Al says he has learned a great deal about municipal operations and the importance of Councillors making the right decisions for their community.


Councillor Bob McArthur -

Bob McArthur is a long-time Fort Smith resident who is self-employed with Aurora TPI Travel and Bottle Depot-RTL Recycling. Bob also manages Fort Smith's school buses and Frontier Coachlines. Fort Smith’s beauty and small-town friendliness are his favourite features of the town he calls home. Bob first ran for council in 2012 in order to have a greater voice in how the Town is run and to improve treatment of Town employees. Now, his priorities are to increase the prescence of private business and to improve Fort Smith’s tourist attraction by completing the paving of Highway 5.


Councillor Ron Holtorf -

Ron Holtorf spent much of his career developing Aurora College and the college’s Thebacha campus. Ron, who worked primarily as campus director, was particularly inspired by the goal of creating a post-secondary education system for the North. A born and raised NWT resident, Ron has lived in Fort Smith for over 40 years, particularly because of the town’s beauty and strong sense of community. He’s currently serving his second term on Council and found the opportunity to take part in making decisions about important topics, like safety and tourism, to be particularly rewarding. At the forefront of Ron’s interests on Council, is long-term financing and planning to ensure Fort Smith has the infrastructure and buildings it needs to continue to grow.  


Councillor Brenda Tuckey -

Brenda has was born and raised in Fort Smith.  She believes Fort Smith is a wonderful place to live and raiser her 3 teenage children. She currently works at JBT School and is a full time Aurora College student finishing her Bachelors of Education.  Brenda has been involved extensively with the Fort Smith Skating Club in various board capacities and will be the AWG 2018 Figure Skating Chair in Fort Smith.  Her volunteerism and experience working with youth in Fort Smith has inspired her to run for council and be a voice for present and future community members.   She is focussed and determined to serve the community on council.


Councillor Rashmi Patel -

Rashmi Patel has been a resident of Fort Smith after moving from Ontario in 2012. She is proud to call Fort Smith her home and is grateful to the community for welcoming her to this gem nestled in the Boreal forest on the Slave River. Rashmi is actively involved in the community though The Union of Northern Workers, The Arctic Winter Games Host Society and The Fort Smith Animal Shelter. She is a math and economics graduate, owns a digital media business, and works for the territorial public service. Rashmi is committed to Fort Smith and is excited to serve the community in her first term as Town Councillor. She is focused on sustainable development, maintaining infrastructure and making Fort Smith a model municipality that leads by example.


Councillor Anneliese Kikoak -

Anna is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith. Many of you know her from her business Anna’s Home Cooking on Calder. She and her husband, Brandon Kikoak, married in Fort Smith in 2003. They have four children and a large local extended family network. Anna has a diploma in Circumpolar Studies from the University of the Arctic. Additionally, she has recent experience working with the Aurora College Student Council as their business manager, and in the past has held an executive position on the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. Anna is involved in many different community activities in Fort Smith. In the winter, she stays busy teaching Zumba fitness; singing in the Community Choir; enjoying the beautiful cross-country ski trails. Throughout the summer she enjoys gardening; spending time at her family cottage at Pine Lake; spending time by the Slave River and taking in every possible feast or celebration happening in Fort Smith, including hosting the Private Stock music event for the past two summers.


Councillor Erika Bell -

Originally from Yellowknife, spending over 20 years in the NWT, Erika Bell has considered Fort Smith her home since first arriving here in late 1990. Upon completion of her B.Sci (2002) and B.Ed (2005) from the University of Lethbridge, she taught with the Calgary Board of Education before returning back home to raise her son and spend time with her aging parents. She has been involved in facilitating various clubs including Free the Children society, as well as volunteering and actively participating in community events such as Ann's Annual Christmas Party, the South Slave Friendship Festival and the Gateway Jamboree in Enterprise. Newly appointed Council Representative on the Culture Advisory Board (formerly the Library Advisory Board), she looks forward to promoting all aspects of these and showcasing Fort Smith's cultural heritage. She worked for the Calgary Stampede which focussed on Calgary's arts, culture and heritage and loved the interaction with the community. Erika is excited about this opportunity to engage the community, actively listen to their concerns, and take necessary action.