According to the bio on his new, modern and very impressive election website: David Climenhaga currently serves as Chair of the Board of the St. Albert Public Library and he’s grateful to have been given the opportunity to play a leadership role in one of our community’s most popular and valuable public assets. He was particularly proud of the award-winning innovation and record use that have been the hallmark of the library’s service in the past couple of years. David has served as a volunteer member of the Board since 2008.
David was also chair of the organizing committee for the 2009 Special Olympic Summer Games, a huge success for St. Albert that highlighted our community to visitors from throughout the province and provided important opportunities for intellectually disabled Albertans. David describes the 2009 Games as an inspiring and humbling experience for everyone involved in organizing the event.
David works as a communications officer for the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 26,000 Registered Nurses throughout Alberta. David and his family chose St. Albert soon after moving to this part of Alberta in 2000 to work as communications director of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
Over the years he has worked as an editor and reporter on such national and regional newspapers as the Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. He has worked with young people as a university and technical-school teacher, for the past decade teaching an evening introductory journalism course at The King’s University College, a private Christian university in Edmonton. He has also taught journalism and Canadian government courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.
David holds a Masters Degree from Ottawa’s Carleton University. His thesis examined the demise of regional planning in Alberta – the effects of which are something St. Albert residents continue to be familiar with in 2013. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, was a humourous, down-to-earth look at Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians.
He publishes Alberta Diary, a well-known blog on Alberta politics with thousands of readers in Alberta and Canada. The blog is reproduced for a national audience on the Rabble.ca news and commentary site. Alberta Venture Magazine named him one of Alberta’s 15 Top Twitter Influencers in its June 2013 edition.
In addition to his volunteer service on the St. Albert Public Library Board and with Special Olympics, David has served as a volunteer on several governing boards over the years, including the former Grant MacEwan College Journalism and Communications advisory committees and the board of the Moravian Church’s Van-Es Camp and Conference Centre, which is located at Cooking Lake, east of Edmonton.
David lives with his wife Luanne and daughter Lily in St. Albert’s Lacombe Park neighbourhood. Another daughter, Kathryn, lives and works in Edmonton.
David and Lily continue to be active students at the deSa School of Karate in St. Albert, where both of them have earned third-degree black belts.