Members of Coaldale PAC

Meet the members of the Coaldale Police Advisory Committee

jake-van-seters-webJake Van Seters sits as chair of the PAC. He has lived in Coaldale for 40 years. He joined the PAC because he wanted to be more involved with the community and he wanted to give back to the community. He also thought the committee would be an interesting one to be involved with in Coaldale. He works at Intercontinental Truck Body and in his spare time enjoys traveling with his wife, hockey and visiting the cabin with his grandkids.

bill-kaye-webBill Kaye has lived in Coaldale for four years and applied to sit on the PAC because he wanted to be involved in the community. He is retired from the Lethbridge Police Service. He also works to provide education and coordination of services in the field of domestic and sexual violence for Lethbridge and area. In his spare time he plays hockey and golf and also spends time with his two grandchildren.

kelly-lhirondelle-webKelly L’Hirondelle has lived in Coaldale for the past six years and applied to sit on the PAC because he thought it would be a good way to get involved in the community. He has worked for Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services for the past 15.5 years as a paramedic/firefighter. He enjoys camping and traveling with his family and being involved with his children and their sporting activities.

new-philip-sandberg-webPhilip Sandberg has lived in Coaldale for 36 years and applied to be part of the PAC because he wanted to contribute to the community. He was also looking for ways to increase communication between the citizens and the RCMP as the community works through the new policing opportunity. Now retired, he was owner and manager of an agricultural consulting and laboratory service in Lethbridge for 22 years. In his spare time he enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and his grandchildren.

shelley-schmidt-webShelley Schmidt has lived in Coaldale for almost two years. She was interested in sitting on the PAC because she was interested in the new police service for Coaldale and being able to provide input and information to help this process take place. She sees the RCMP as a Canadian symbol and she values the opportunity to work alongside Council in a volunteer capacity. She is retired after working 12 years with the Town of Cochrane and 12 years with Canadian Freightways. She is interested in volunteering, making new friends and spending time with her family.

Councillor Briane Simpson is eager to learn and bring her family viewpoint to Coaldale. Briane and her family moved to Coaldale in 2009. Since then she has been active in the community. Briane began Cottonwood Committee through Lethbridge & Area Neighbourhood Watch. She volunteered for many other organizations within Coaldale including Coaldale Minor Hockey, schools, Communities in Bloom and Coaldale Public Library Board. Prior to being a stay-at-home mother, Briane worked at a construction business serving as the Office Manager, Safety Officer and Privacy Officer. Briane and her husband are business owners and her knowledge of accounting and human resources will be a great asset on Council. Briane has a passion for Coaldale and its citizens and is excited to talk to many members of the community.

Councillor Jacen Abrey has called Coaldale home since 1982 which is when he first met his wife Kim. They have been married for 34 years and have four lovely daughters, Kandace, Darcee, Raegan and Kaci. Coaldale is currently home to three generations of Jacen’s family and he hopes to add many more. During his time in Coaldale he has been actively involved in recreation as a baseball and soccer coach. He joined the Coaldale and District Emergency Services at the age of 18 and has been an active member of the fire service for over 33 years.In 2000, Jacen and his family left Coaldale so he could pursue his career as Emergency Services Coordinator for Fire, Ambulance and Municipal enforcement. Seven years later, they were able to return home after he accepted a position with the Provincial Government’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs. For over 33 years he has been committed to emergency services throughout the province, working the Slave Lake Fire in 2011, the Southern Alberta Wildland Fires in 2011 and 2012 and the Southern Alberta Floods in 2013, Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and most recently the Kenow “Waterton” Fire. He received his 12-year service medal and his 20-year Exemplary Service Medal for Fire. He was also honored with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service in the firefighting industry. Jacen brings to council an extensive background in both municipal, provincial and federal government. He has dedicated and committed himself to serving as a town councillor in Coaldale in this, his first term on council. In the past 4 years on council I have served the Town with the values I live by – honesty, transparency and integrity.