Meet the members of the Coaldale Police Advisory Committee
Jake 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 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 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.
Philip 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 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 Roger Hohm has lived in Coaldale for 21 years. He is one of two council representatives on the PAC and wanted to sit on the committee because he was interested in how the new RCMP policing model was going to work in the community. He worked for Alberta Agriculture for 36 years, retiring in January of 2016. He is an avid golfer, curler and more recently has taken up camping.
Councillor Jacen Abrey moved to Coaldale in 1982 and after moving away for just over eight years, he returned in 2008. He is one of two council representatives on the PAC. He currently works for the Government of Alberta. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, attending council meetings and watching his girls play basketball plus coaching his grandson’s soccer team.