Wednesday , 21 October 2020
Michael Diachuk. Image credit: City of Lloydminster.

Diachuk focusing on revitalization, Pioneer Lodge if re-elected

Councillor Michael Diachuk is aiming to help the economical rebuild in Lloydminster in his potential second term.

Four years ago, Diachuk ran for council after a conversation with his daughter who was asked to be the president of an alumni association for girls hockey with no other goal but to give back.

But after these years of public service, he wasn’t convinced early on that he would try again.

“I really strongly considered not running again. I felt I was making a difference, but I had a number of people reach out to me and say you better run. I think many of us in council said we need to have that continuity.”

Over the course of the term, council made a number of changes including staff and a forensic audit to look at the city’s reserves and cashflow.

“We have a new city manager, we have a new CFO, we now have reserves in place and we’ve also addressed some other pieces like Asset Management.”

Diachuk was proud of the direction the City went with the Library, Community Services Centre, the Lloydminster Cultural and Sciences Centre, and the County of Vermilion River annexation process.

He believes along with plans for downtown redevelopment and the northeast area structure, the pieces are in play to make a attractive for potential distributors and other businesses.

This is a part of  Diachuk’s focus on economic revitalization especially after the effects of COVID-19, while staying fiscally responsible.

“The next step to showing people that are interested in developing this community that here’s a great place to be.”

He wants to work with industry, and with ag producers and oil and gas companies in the midst of the pandemic to give a boost to the local economy.

“There’s potential here. I think a lot of businesses have seen it. And it’s just the timing, I think with COVID has dampened that risk-taking piece that people are willing to do. That’s one part of it, where I’d like to see that next step happen because I’ve been part of developing that plan.”

Aside from the economic state of the City, Diachuk, who sits on the Pioneer Lodge board, wants to reduce its waitlist by a partnership between the provinces and Lloydminster.

“I think if we look at the waitlist and the seniors’ conference in Red Deer is that we’re finding that people are living longer. But as they live longer, they need more attention and support and medical care as well. Those are pressures that we’re seeing.”

He also wants to continue focusing on the challenges that exist about the data issues in the area.

“My role, I think has in the first term has been a lot around policy development and around human resources. And that piece of it and more recently, in terms of working and particularly around this economic recovery piece, as well as in you know, sitting as a board member of the lodge, I see those two areas as kind of probably the leading priorities.”

Diachuk has lived in Lloydminster since 1998 after moving to become the assistant director of the Northern Lights School Division until eventually becoming director.

After retiring, he got bored and now works as an independent consultant for Lakeland College and assists with the education with Tribal Chiefs Employment & Training Services Association.

Diachuk believes the differences made with the previous council and understanding of the policies and projects makes him a good fit help the City move in the right direction.

There are 18 candidates running for the 2020 Municipal Election on November 9th. An all-candidates forum will be taking place on Monday.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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