New council member acclaimed in Sundre

Sundre Town Council will soon have a new face at the table.

Sundre Town Council will soon have a new face at the table.

Local resident Cheri Lynn Funke was the only person to submit nomination papers by the Oct. 24 deadline and she was acclaimed.

“I’m very excited. I’m overwhelmed right now,” said Funke, who is married and has two children, aged five and nine.

Funke was among local residents who recently spoke out against a town plan to sell off six of its smaller parks.

It was that issue that inspired her to try to get a seat on council, she said.

“I’ve always said you can’t really do anything if you don’t get out and say something,” she said. “And I decided I’m loud enough I can go out and be heard.”

Town council voted to revisit the parks issue and an open house will be organized in coming weeks to hear from the public.

Funke was raised in Sundre and left for Calgary when she was 18. She moved back about eight years ago.

Council voted to hold a byelection last month after first-term Coun. Michael Baird decided to step down because of course load demands for a SAIT program he is taking.

Funke’s first council meeting will be on Nov. 5.

Sundre has a seven-person council headed by Mayor Annette Clews.