Don Johnson, Taber, Member
Term to March 31, 2014. Donald W. Johnson has extensive board experience at the community and provincial level. He has served as President of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties since 2004, and as a councillor with the Municipal District of Taber since 1995.
Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Geography, Resource Development and Planning in 1972. Since that time, he has accumulated extensive private sector experience in real estate, financial planning and management.
He served as Director of Development for Mount Royal College, acting as liaison between the college, the provincial government and the business community.
He has served as chairman of the Taber and District Regional Waste Management Authority, and chairman of Barons-Eureka-Warner FCSS, a program involving 16 rural and urban municipalities, and a past president of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta.
Mr. Johnson’s background in the voluntary sector includes serving as president of the Federation of Calgary Communities; committee chairman with the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and chairman of community relations for the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games.
In his position as AAMDC president, Mr. Johnson has chaired and been a board member of numerous committees and been active with the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Municipal Sustainability to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, represents the RCMP on the board of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), a board member the Alberta Water Council, Minister’s Advisory Committee on Health, a member of Alberta’s Rural Development Task force and served on the executive of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
An avid outdoorsman, he has been involved extensively with Scouts Canada, leading a mounted troop, and filled many leadership positions in his church. Mr. Johnson is a fourth generation farmer near Barnwell, Alberta. He and his wife Heather have been blessed with 8 children and 36 grandchildren. Family, horses, watersports and community service are his passions.