About Tara

Tara is a proud born and raised Red Deerian and has consistently demonstrated herself as a strong community builder and advocate for her fellow Red Deerians.

Council Experience:

  • Elected as Mayor in 2013
  • Elected to City Council in 2004, 2007 & 2010


Community Involvement:

  • Tara is an active supporter of many local charities in both her private and public life. Over the past Council term she has personally volunteered to help raise funds for causes such as: Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, Central Alberta Women's Outreach, RDC Athletics, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer.


Education History:

  • Graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Honours (Major Concentration in Criminology)
  • Studied Sociology at Red Deer College
  • Graduated River Glen Senior High School as class Valedictorian


Community Recognitions:

  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as a "Most Beloved Red Deerian" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as a "Favourite Local Politician" in 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as a "Favourite City Councillor" in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.


Other Awards & Recognitions:

  • Governor General's Medal for Highest Scholastic Standing
  • Alberta Heritage Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Achievement


Government Leadership Appointments:

  • Appointed by the former Mayor of the City of Red Deer to the Red Deer Native Friendship Society Joint Negotiations Committee, Co-Chair 2012 to 2013, also a member from 2016 to Current.
  • Appointed by the Chair of Inter-City Forum on Social Policy to the Alberta Action to End Poverty Advisory Committee, 2012 to 2013
  • Appointed by Minister of Municipal Affairs to the Alberta Affordable Housing Task Force, 2007


Community Building Leadership Positions:

  • Immigrant Women's Economic Security Project: Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association in Partnership with Status of Women Canada, Elected Chair, 2012 to 2014
  • Establishing Youth Addictions Treatment Centre for Red Deer: Community Advisory Committee Member for McMann Services, 2011 to 2013


Council Leadership Positions:

  • Audit Committee, Elected Chair, 2009-2013
  • Nomination Committee, Elected Chair, 2009-2011
  • Central Alberta Waste Commission, Elected Vice-Chair, 2013
  • Inter-City Forum on Social Policy, Elected Vice-Chair, 2012


Council Committee & Community Board Experience:

Over the course of her elected representation, Tara has actively served terms on the following committees & boards:

Economic Mandates:

  • Westerner Board
  • Tourism Red Deer
  • River Bend Golf & Recreation Society
  • Downtown Business Association
  • Parkland Community Planning Services


Environmental Mandates:

  • Environmental Advisory Board
  • Waskasoo Environmental Education Society


Safety Mandates:

  • Emergency Management Committee
  • Policing Committee


Cultural Mandates:

  • Heritage Preservation Committee
  • Museum & Art Gallery
  • Public Art Jury
  • Library Board
  • Centennial Celebrations Committee


Social Mandates:

  • Inter-City Forum on Social Policy
  • Community Housing Advisory Board
  • Family & Community Support Service



Personal Interests:

  • Tara is an avid reader, willing volunteer, and compassionate youth mentor.
  • Tara is committed to healthy and active living, and can be found in-line skating or running through Red Deer's trails in her (occasional) spare time.
  • Tara is a life long learner and pursues new challenges as a way of life, her latest accomplishment being an A+ in Canadian History through Queen's University. Her next goal is to be bilingual by the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
  • Above all, Tara's favourite way to invest time is with her loved ones.


Contact Tara at:

P - 403.358.3568
E - tara(at)veerforreddeer.ca