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Councillor Jay Garbutt




Jay Garbutt came to Drumheller in 1999 to pursue a business opportunity and is proud to call Drumheller his home. 

While he is busy in his family and business life – raising two children with his wife Tammi and serving the needs of over 2000 clients in his financial services business with Sun Life Financial – Jay has always been community minded.

He has served on the Drumheller Public Library Board, Big Country Victims Services Board, assisted in the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration and is an active Rotarian to name just a few of his community contributions.

Jay was born and raised in Red Deer and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and an Education Degree from the University of Alberta.  

As a second term Councillor, Jay is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges Drumheller will face over the next three years.

You may reach Councillor Garbutt by Email at



Councillor Patrick Kolafa




Patrick Kolafa was elected to his first term in 2013.

He is a former participant of Canada World Youth where he worked and studied in rural Canada and Uruguay.

He studied social sciences at the University of Calgary and attained a degree in Applied Communications from Mount Royal University in Calgary.

He is currently a professional journalist who has worked for the Bonnyville Nouvelle, Associated Press during G8 in Kananaskis and now The Drumheller Mail and Inside Drumheller.

His writing and photography has been published in the Calgary Herald and The National Post, and various other publications.

Patrick and his wife have made Drumheller home since 2002 and have chosen to raise their two daughters in the valley.

You may reach Councillor Kolafa by Email at



Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk




Lisa is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two beautiful daughters.

Currently, Lisa is an insurance advisor at Western Financial.

Not only is she an insurance advisor, she is a certified Health Care Aide and proudly admits to being chocolaholic!

Her family has resided in and around Drumheller since 1880’s, and they have artifacts in the Irricana Museum that were brought up on wagon train from Iowa.

Besides being part of the grassroots of this community, she is a hard worker.

Lisa hasn’t called in sick in over five years (because it’s hard when you are the boss).

She leads by example, and never gives up.  She is an avid reader, antiques buff, love crosswords and enjoy fossil hunting.

Lisa fully believes that Drumheller is one of the best communities in the world and looks forward to working with the residents to keep it so!

Everyone has a vision of what they want our community to accomplish in the future, and you can always reach me to let me know what you think it should be.

You may reach Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk by Email at



Councillor Tara McMillan




Tara McMillan was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. 

In 1996 the opportunity arose to relocate to Drumheller, she was very glad to be able to raise her family in a smaller center. 

She has three grown children and recently married her high school sweetheart. 

She believes in making a difference in the community.

By volunteering, she feels a sense of accomplishment both in helping groups reach their goals and knowing that she is making a difference in people’s lives.

Tara is currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Economic Development Task Force, Chairperson with Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta East Central Regional Leadership Council and a Spark leader for the Girl Guides of Canada.

Tara’s past record of volunteering includes:  28 years with Girl Guides of Canada, Downtown Drumheller, Drumheller Fun Team, Alberta Arts Day, 2010 Olympic Red Mitten Campaign, Paint the Town Red Campaign, Titans Football, Minor Ball, Drumheller Valley Ski Club, Canadian Ski Patrol, Central School Parent Council, Greentree School Parent Council, Drumheller Composite High School Parent Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Foundation and the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

Professionally she was able to finally realize her dream and open her own store, Bits and Pieces Keepsake Quilting, in January of 2007.

Prior to that she worked as an office administrator for the Golden Hills School Division, at the Drumheller Composite High School, General Manager at the Drumheller Valley Ski Club, Q91 Radio sales, administration and marketing, Royal Bank of Canada Customer Service, and administration of Mutual Funds, RRSP’s and balancing of internal GL accounts.

Tara has a very strong sense of community pride and believes we live in one of the best places.

She is honored to be part of Council and looks forward to continuing to make Drumheller a better place to live, work and play. 

She strongly feels that her work history has given her the experience she needs to carry out the duties of Councillor in a professional and fiscally responsible manner.

You may reach Councillor McMillan by Email at



Councillor Sharel Shoff




Sharel Shoff was born and raised in Drumheller.  Her grandparents came here in 1912. 

Sharel’s father was a fireboss in the Atlas mine in East Coulee. 

Her mother spent countless hours volunteering for various community organizations. 

Sharel graduated from the Drumheller Valley Secondary school as did both of her children.

Sharel graduated from Mount Royal College with a business administration certificate in 1992.

In 1990 Sharel was awarded the first Volunteer of the Year award having been heavily involved in many community activities.  

Sharel has two adult children, a son John, married with one child, who lives in Drumheller and owns Reality Bytes Computer Inc.  and a daughter, Isabell who lives in Red Deer and is a creative writer for Newcap radio.

Sharel is presently an account manager for Q91 radio in Drumheller. 

In her previous employment Sharel worked as a manager for the Royal Tyrrell Museum giftshop, tourism manager for the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce  and general manager of two hotels in the valley.

Sharel is very informed about the hospitality industry in the valley.

Sharel is serving her fourth term as councilor for the Town of Drumheller.

She is the only councilor in Drumheller history that has completed the Alberta Elected Officials Education Program.

Sharel believes that Drumheller is a great place to live and raise a family and looks forward to hearing from the citizens about any concerns they may have. 

Please call at anytime.

You may reach Councillor Shoff by Email at



Councillor Tom Zariski


Tom was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on June 5/51.

Tom grew up, played hockey and went to school in Edmonton.

In 1975 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and a major in English and Art.

He received his Diploma in Human Resources Administration from University of Calgary in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from University of Calgary in 1997.

In 1975 Tom and his wife Jean moved to Drumheller and raised two children in the valley.

Deanne (Deanne graduated from the U of A and works at the Royal Tyrrell Museum) and Ross (recently graduated from University of Victoria).

While at Drumheller Composite High School he taught English and Art, became the Vice Principal in 1989 and the Principal in 1996.

Tom was also the Central Alberta High Schools Principals’ Association Chairman. In 2010 Tom retired from his teaching career.

He is currently serving his second term as Town Councillor.

Tom has been very busy with many organizations in Drumheller.

He was the co- founder and president of the Drumheller Community Football Association, founder of the Drumheller Community Golf Association, chairman of the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, a member of Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the RCMP and Vice Chair of the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation.

Tom has also coached soccer, volleyball, golf and hockey, and was the vice president of the Drumheller Minor Hockey Association and Vice President of the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club.

Tom is a Royal Canadian Golf Association Level 4 certified Rules Official and an Alberta Golf Association Board member.

With all of his community and not for profit work he was chosen as the Town of Drumheller’s Citizen of the Year in 2001.

You may reach Councillor Zariski by Email at