Councillor Michael Dawe

Councillor Michael DaweMichael Dawe

c/o Box 5008, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4 

2021 Campaign Disclosure (pdf)

Council History

  • 2021 - Re-Elected as Councillor
  • 2017 - Elected as Councillor 

Council Appointments


  • Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship Awards Selection Committee
  • Library Board
  • Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services Board (FCSS)
  • Waskasoo Environmental Education Society
  • Nomination Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee (alternate)
  • Municipal Planning Committee (Alternate)


  • Governance & Policy Committee
  • Emergency Management Committee
  • Red Deer College Arts Centre Advisory Committee
  • Parkland Airshed Management Zone
  • Red Deer Regional Municipal Users Group
  • City Manager Recruitment Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Protocol Governance Oversight Committee (PGOC)


  • Red Deer College, Faculty of Arts
  • Graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in history and economics
  • Open studies program, University of Alberta
  • Archives Society of Alberta, Core Curriculum Program
  • Association of Canadian Archivists, Institute on Rules for Archival Description
  • Archives Society
  • Association of Canadian Archivists and Simon Fraser University, Institute on Preservation of Electronic Records
  • Frontline Leadership course; Management Skills for Supervisors - The City of Red Deer

Current Occupation

  • Historian
  • Free-lance writer
  • Regular columnist for the Red Deer Express
  • Occasional free-lance writer for Sylvan Lake and Innisfail Province

Public and Community Service

  • Director with the Twilight Homes Foundation
  • 35 year member of the Red Deer East Rotary Club
  • Elected Councillor, Summer Village of Norglenwold for 7 years
  • Trustee, David Thompson Health Authority for 7 years
  • Elected Trustee, Red Deer Regional Hospital Board for 12 years - served as chair and vice chair
  • Founding member of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation - served as chair for 3 years
  • Member, STARS Capital Campaign Committee - Central Region for 2 years
  • Director on the Board of the Westerner Exposition Association for 10 years
  • Chair of the Board of Referees, Employment Insurance Commission, Alberta Central Region for 9 years
  • Past Board member, Red Deer Housing Authority

Business and Professional Record

  • Member, Archives Society of Alberta
  • Member, Association of Canadian Archivists
  • Past Member, Association of Records Managers and Administrators
  • Past Instructor, Archives Society of Alberta Institute
  • Past Instructor, Archives Society of Alberta Core-Curriculum Program
  • Past Member, Archives Society of Alberta Conference Planning Committee
  • Past Chair, Archives Society of Alberta Nominations Committee
  • Past Member, Archives Society of Alberta Education Planning Committee
  • Past Member, Alberta Archives Council Grants Committee
  • Past Chair, Archives Society of Alberta Public Awareness Committee
  • Past Co-Chair, Constitution and By-laws Committee, A.S.A./A.A.C. merger
  • Past Secretary, Alberta Archives Council
  • Founding Member, Alberta Archives Council
  • Founding Member, Directors of Alberta Archives
  • Founding Executive Member, Archives Society of Alberta

 Awards and Honours

  • Voted Red Deer's "Most Beloved Citizen" by readers of the Red Deer Express, including 2017
  • Red Deer Citizen of the Year, 2013
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Red Deer Heritage Recognition Award for Historical Writing, 2010
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation award, 2010
  • "Hidden Hero" Third Academy School, for work with students with learning disabilities, 2009
  • Honorary Life Member, Red Deer Elks Lodge, 2008
  • 100 Centennial Volunteers, Historical Society of Alberta Centennial Recognition, 2007
  • Honorary Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International (three time recipient)
  • Honorary Life Member, Archives Society of Alberta, 2006
  • Alberta Centennial Medal, 2005
  • Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
  • Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, 2002
  • Inductee, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Inaugural Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Red Deer College, 1997
  • Alberta Citizen of the year, Council on School Administration, Alberta Teachers Association, 1994
  • Native Son, Central Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association, 1986


  • Born in Red Deer Alberta March 7, 1956; fifth generation resident of Red Deer and Pine Lake, Alberta. Also seasonal resident of Summer Village of Norglenwold, Alberta.
  • Son of G. Harold Dawe, Red Deer Public School Superintendent and L. Jean Hodgkinson Dawe, English instructor at Red Deer College.
  • Parent of Janvier Williams, graduate of the University of Calgary.