The Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) has elected a Chair and Vice-Chair and will recommend to Council an interim Team Lead for the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force.
Jeanette Bancarz, a long-time employee of ATB Financial and proud Fort McMurray resident was elected WBRC Chair. Bancarz is deeply integrated into the community as a volunteer with various social profit organizations and brings strong management and financial experience to the WBRC.
Maggie Farrington, CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council, was elected WBRC Vice-Chair. Farrington is also Chair of Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation and is a former Director of Aboriginal and Rural Relations with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
“On behalf of the WBRC I would like to thank Jeanette and Maggie for putting their names forward to be Chair and Vice-Chair,” said Marty Giles, WBRC member. “In the short time we have been in orientation meetings we can see they have the passion for the hard work ahead leading the WBRC.”
Following the vote to elect Bancarz and Farrington, the WBRC moved to recommend to Council that Dana Woodworth be appointed as interim Team Lead for the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force.
A former combat engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General of Canada, Woodworth is a practiced strategic analyst with 33 years of expertise in planning and emergency response.
Following the 2011 Slave Lake fires, Woodworth was heavily involved in the provincial response and after-action reviews. As the Deputy Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, he led Alberta’s approach to remediation following the Southern Alberta Flood of 2013, as well as oversaw all wildfire operations in the province.
“Dana would be an incredible asset for residents and the community and we look forward to bringing forward this recommendation to Council,” said Bancarz. “Dana is the right leader at the right time and has a great understanding of our community. The WBRC would also like to thank Council, municipal administration, first responders and all of the incredible staff working tirelessly on recovery efforts every day. The WBRC is ready to move forward in collaboration – with our residents as top priority – as we stay safe, resilient and together on our path to recovery.”
The next meeting of the WBRC is Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Jubilee Centre. All WBRC meetings are streamed live at RMWB.ca/Council and the WBRC welcomes residents to attend.