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Mentors

 Saskatchewan's mentors are experienced elected officials and senior administrators  who volunteer their time to help guide their peers.

 

The mentors have been trained in coaching, communication, facilitation, and dispute resolution, and can provide coaching and advice on interpersonal conflict, governance practices, services provisions, and public issues. They can also provide guidance on roles and responsibilities.

Contact a mentor for free, one-on-one confidential advice. 

Rodney Audette
CAO -
RM of Dufferin/ Village of Bethune
Richard Dolezsar
Executive Director - UMAAS

As the CAO/Administrator in an inter-municipal office, Rodney contributes a unique perspective to the peer mentor program. He also brings a strong background in council/administration relationships and governance that could provide positive assistance to both municipal administrative staff and elected officials.

Cell: 306-631-3421
Phone: 306-638-3112 and 306-638-3188
Availability: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Available anytime, in case of emergency

Richard has been engaged in the municipal administrator profession for nearly 40 years. Throughout his career, he has worked as both an urban and rural administrator and has been an executive director for the Urban Municipal Administrators' Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS) since the early 1990s. As a peer mentor, Richard is looking forward to supporting the profession that has provided him with a challenging and rewarding career.   

Phone: (306) 865-7116
Availability: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Randy Donauer
Councillor - City of Saskatoon

Randy is the City of Saskatoon council lead on regional issues. In his role, he regularly draws on eight years of experience at the council table. He has served as a member of the Saskatoon District Planning Commission, the Municipal Planning Commission, and is currently a member of the Regional Oversight Committee of the North Saskatoon Plan for Growth. He has completed governance training and is certified as a professional director. Randy recognizes a significant need for training on municipal issues, and he would like to draw on his learning and governance skills to assist his colleagues.

Phone: (306) 291-4475
Availability: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aileen Garrett
CAO - Town of Unity

Aileen brings 19 years of experience to the municipal peer network. She is a good listener and is looking to support members who are less experienced. Aileen hopes to share her knowledge and help find solutions to common issues.

Phone: (306) 228-2621
Availability: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 5 p.m. 

James Leroy
Reeve - RM of White Valley
Bryan Matheson
Mayor - Town of Lumsden

Bryan has served the community of Lumsden for 13 years, eight years as mayor and five years as a councillor. In addition to experience within his own community, he worked for 16 years as the educational sport administrator for the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA). Bryan views the peer mentor program as an opportunity to work with and learn from fellow municipal government representatives. 

Phone: (306) 731-7631
Availability: Anytime, within reason

Don McCallum
Administrator - RM of Cut Knife

Don is the past-president of the Rural Municipalities Association of Administrators, past Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities board member, and has the unique perspective of being a joint town/RM office administrator for 15 years.  Throughout his 39-year career in municipal administration, he has seen the profession evolve and intensify. For this reason, Don believes that the new administrators in local government would benefit from peer mentorship.

Cell: (306) 398-7840
Phone: (306) 398-2353
Availability: Anytime, within reason

Don Taylor
Reeve - RM of Saltcoats

Born the fourth generation into a family farm, established in 1898, Don has deep roots in Saskatchewan agriculture. He also has deep roots in municipal politics, dedicating nearly 40 years to municipal service —16 years as a councillor and 22 years as reeve. Don has contributed to numerous community boards and provincial boards, including 20 years on the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Board of Directors. As a peer mentor, he hopes he will be of genuine help to someone in their role.

Phone: (306) 898-2065
Cell: (306) 621-1707
Availability: Anytime, preferably not on Sundays.

Donna Tymiak
Administrator - RM of Big River

Donna began her career as a RM administrator in 1997 and received her Rural “Superior A” Certification in 2008. She credits her success as an administrator to a positive attitude, supportive husband, progressive councils, and fantastic mentorship throughout her career. Her involvement with the Municipal Peer Network stems from the knowledge that administrative colleagues may benefit from networking or reaching out to a fellow professional as a confidential sounding board. Donna’s career has provided her with experience in several fields, most notably with governance, land development, and inter-municipal relationships.

Phone: (306) 469-2323
Availability: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

James is no stranger to joint-municipal boards and the opportunities and challenges they present. As the RM of White Valley Reeve, he has been involved with several joint-municipal boards. The RM municipal office also shares space with the Town of Eastend — which provides opportunities for collaboration. James sees the Municipal Peer Network as an exciting way to work with others, building new ventures and relationships.

Phone: (306) 297-8608
Availability: Monday – Friday