Council Bios

Jennifer Handley
Jennifer Handley - Mayor 
Jen was first elected in 2013 as Councillor, and re-elected in 2017, now serving her first term as
Mayor. During her previous term, she was the Chairperson of the Services Committee and
worked closely on the new wastewater treatment plant project. Along with Councillor West she
initiated “coffee with council” around town and at the farmers market and has always been
focused on ways to engage and inform the residents of Nanton. She continues to be an active
volunteer throughout Nanton on several committees and always tries to make herself available
for the needs of Nanton.

 Jen was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Nanton in 2006. Her professional career
included working as an electrician for the Calgary Stampede and in the Fort McMurray oilfields;
since 2003, she has been a residential real estate agent selling homes in both Calgary and
Nanton. She lives in Nanton with her husband Geoff, their son Gavin (12), daughter Claire (10)
and her two cocker spaniels Clover and Meadow. Gavin and Claire keep her and her husband
busy with Gavin’s involvement in many sports and Claire with competitive dance. As a family,
they enjoy travelling and have had some incredible trips over the years; their favourite being
Contadora Island in Panama.
Victor Czop

Victor Czop - Councillor 

Victor was born and raised here in Alberta, with his early years in small towns and on the farm. After living in a few areas throughout the province, Victor settled in High River where he lived for sixteen years.

 Even from the first year in High River, with the game of golf as his passion, his experiences at the Nanton Golf Course, dealing with the people he met here and the town itself, he made the right decision to move to Nanton and establish his final set of roots. It was indeed, the right choice in life to get back to an environment that was most comfortable and enjoyable.

 Victor’s living and work experiences included various industries. Having undertaken leadership roles and attaining management skills, Victor felt his experiences and knowledge would be useful in representing this community as a member of a strong team of individuals.

 Victor believes that as a person ages from youth to senior years, the experiences one has throughout life are immeasurable educational opportunities that should continue, and these prepare individuals to be the pillars of the community to work towards a better world for future generations.
John Dozeman
John Dozeman - Councillor 

Hello, my name is John Geert Dozeman.  I have lived and worked in Nanton for over 40 years, after my parents moved here in 1976.   My wife Morgan and I have been blessed with two beautiful girls; Madison and Makenzie and they are both as active in the community as we are. We have also been fortunate to host students from the foreign exchange program for the past five years.

Having worked for the Town of Nanton as the Parks & Recreation Manager and volunteering for the Nanton Fire Department for 25 years, I look forward to continuing to serve Nanton as a Councillor.  Through community engagement and communication, I believe we can make Nanton an even better place to raise a family, build a business and be a great place to visit.

I believe that businesses are a vital part of the community and we must ensure that those existing, wishing to expand or potentials contemplating re-locating to our community, must be supported in the process. With business growth, residential growth follows.  Infrastructure is also a primary issue, whether above or below ground, we must ensure that it is maintained and carefully monitored for replacement to avoid critical issues with our existing assets.

I look forward to continuing to serve our Town and hearing from the community.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dan McLelland

Dan McLelland - Councillor

Dan McLelland is a long-term resident of well over 20 years in Nanton. Along with his wife, they have raised their family of three sons in this town, participating in local sports, schooling and area recreational facilities. 

Dan grew up southwest of Calgary in the Red Deer Lake/Priddis area on a large cow/calf operation, and went to Calgary for high school. Through his previous career, he has multiple SAIT SOLUS courses to support that career in the energy sector.

Dan retired after a 30-year career working in the Oil and Gas Industry roughly ten years ago and owns and operates a small business in Nanton.

Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell - Councillor 

Dave has called Nanton home for the past 38 years. He and his wife of 16 years, Trish, are busy raising their three children in the same town they both grew up in. Dave is active in the community, volunteering his time on various boards outside of council and coaching minor sports.

For the past six years he has worked as a contract operator in the Turner Valley oil and gas field, currently for Crescent Point Energy. Dave looks forward to serving the citizens of Nanton for this, his third term as Councillor.

Beryl West

Beryl West - Councillor 

Update to bio coming soon.
Beryl is serving her first term as Town Councillor after running on a platform that focused on the importance of well considered long term planning, open and approachable communication, re-vitalizations of the downtown, civic pride, green spaces and weed control. Beryl graduated from McGill University with a degree in geography but a love of all things horticultural led to an apprenticeship in horticulture ad a successful career as a gardener, garden designer and consultant. 
Terry Wickett

Terry Wickett - Councillor

Terry has lived in Nanton for over 23 years and is serving his first term as Town Councillor. Terry and his wife Donna have two sons who completed all of their schooling in Nanton and both graduated from JT Foster High School.  After their post-secondary schooling both sons are now living and raising their families in Nanton as well.

Terry was very proud to have served over 37 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police which included being posted to the Nanton Detachment for almost 16 years. Terry previously was a volunteer member of the Nanton Recreation Board as well as a past member of the Nanton Promoters. He volunteered coaching local sporting teams in Nanton Minor Baseball, Nanton Minor Hockey as well as the JT Foster Knights Baseball Team.

With his recent retirement from the RCMP, Terry wanted to continue to give back to the community in which he served and this was one of his main reasons for running as a candidate for town council. He is dedicated to open and honest communication with all residents and looks forward to working with members of town council for the people of Nanton.