Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau has won the Alberta Municipalities Award of Excellence for outstanding civic leadership.
During the Alberta Municipalities annual conference each year outstanding municipal professionals from across Alberta are recognized for their collaboration, dedication and commitment to excellence.
Yargeau received his Alberta Municipalities Award of Excellence during the president’s dinner in Calgary on Sept. 20.
The award recognizes civic leadership by past and present municipal elected officials who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of municipal politics.
Recipients are chosen by the Alberta Municipalities award committee, based on their demonstrated leadership in local, provincial and national capacities.
Yargeau started in local politics at age 12 when he helped his mother deliver political campaign fliers door-to-door, and then did his own stumping for local politicians as a teenager.
He went on to become one of Alberta’s youngest mayors at age 31, after the 2017 election. He served a previous term as councillor.
Last year, he was elected to the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Yargeau has stated he’s looking at expanding recreation and commercial development in his growing community in 2022.