Municipal Elected Leaders Certificate


(2023The Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) is excited to announce a new Municipal Elected Leaders Certificate (MELC). EOEP is partnering with the University of Alberta’s Augustana Extended Education (AEE) to provide certificates to RMA and Alberta Municipalities members who complete all seven EOEP courses: Munis 101, as well as the six municipal content specific courses.

The MELC will recognize an elected leader’s commitment to ongoing education in pursuit of high-quality service to their community. Those who complete all seven EOEP courses will receive a certificate from AEE and the EOEP. In order to recognize those who have already completed EOEP courses:

  • Elected officials who have already completed all seven courses, or who have a combination of old and new EOEP courses that covers the same learning outcomes, will receive a certificate. EOEP staff are hard at work determining who is eligible for this and will contact those in this category directly by the end of May.
  • Elected officials who have completed some of EOEP’s courses will be allowed to use these towards their certificate. This may mean you only need to take a few more courses to earn your certificate.

Once you have completed all seven EOEP courses, you will be issued your MELC at the convention of your membership.

To support this new partnership and certification, EOEP course fees have been increased to $395 for in person and $295 for virtual offerings. This modest increase covers both the cost of issuing certificates as well as providing a small contingency fund for EOEP to use to update course content as legislation changes.

EOEP is very excited to announce this certificate that will allow our dedicated elected leaders to showcase their educational achievements. Watch for more details coming shortly, and those who are already eligible will be contacted by EOEP directly. For enquires, pleases contact EOEP’s Registrar, Leanne Anderson at

Recognizing our MELC graduates:

Councillor Tina Cosby – Town of Redwater (2024)

Councillor Amanda Frayn – County of Grande Prairie (2024)

Councillor Ben Fadeyiw – Municipal District of Bonnyville (2023)

Councillor Theresa Johnson – Municipal District of Peace (2023)

Councillor Willis Fitzsimmons – Saddle Hills County (2023)

Councillor Belinda Halabisky – County of Northern Lights (2023)

Reeve Phil Kolodychuk – Municipal District of Fairview (2023)

Deputy Reeve Kara Westerlund- Brazeau County (2023)

Deputy Reeve Michelle Swanson – Clearwater County (2023)

Councillor Robert Willing – Municipal District of Peace (2023)

Councillor Kristina Kowalski – Parkland County (2023)

Councillor Victor Czop – Town of Nanton (2023)

Councillor Tina Cosby – Town of Redwater (2023)

Deputy Reeve Richard Oster – Cypress County (2023)

Reeve Lisa Rosvold – Municipal District of Bighorn (2023)

Councillor Willis Fitzsimmons – Saddle Hills County (2023)

Councillor Phyllis Kobasiuk – Parkland County (2023)

Councillor Laura Lee Machell-Cunningham – Kneehill County (2023)

Councillor Kelly Christman – County of Newell (2023)

Mayor Elaine Manzer – Town of Peace River (2023)

Mayor Jackie Clayton – City of Grande Prairie (2023)

Councillor Heather Caldwell – Town of Coalhurst (2023)

Councillor Tayna May – Town of Bon Accord (2023)

Mayor Bruce McLeod – Village of Acme (2023)

Councillor John Burrows – Woodlands County (2023)

Deputy Reeve Corinna Williams – Northern Sunrise County (2022)

Deputy Mayor Deborah Reid-Mickler – Village of Duchess (2022)

Deputy Mayor John (Marty) Kirby – Village of Warner (2022)

Deputy Mayor Boyd Langford – Town of High Level (2022)

Mayor Tanya Thorn – Town of Okotoks (2022)

Reeve Dan Hamilton – Cypress County (2022)

Mayor Gerald Aalbers – City of Llondminster (2022)

Councillor Karen Rosvold – County of Grande Prairie (2022)

Councillor Kelly Vandenberghe – Leduc County (2022)

Councillor Kelly-Lynn Lewis – Leduc County (2022)

Councillor Gaylene Whitehead – Northern Sunrise County (2021)

Councillor Lisa Wardley – Mackenzie County (2021)

Kevin Haines – Previous Councillor, Athabasca County (2021)

Cammie Laird – Previous Councillor, Clearwater County (2021)