Charlie Gargus, B.Ed. (’71) was sworn in as a new coucillor March 15, 2009.
Charlie Gargus grew up on a family farm with 5 siblings near St. Michael, AB. His High School years were in both Andrew and Lamont. He is married to Debby Gargus, and has a daughter, Jodi, living in Edmonton, and a son Jarod, living in Edson. Both children are married and have blessed Charlie and Debby with 4 grandchildren.
As the new Councillor in 2009, Charlie's comittment to the community is shown by his past record. He served two terms (6 years) as a Town Councilor with the Town of Mundare (1992 – 1997) and was the organizational chairman of the Library Board. Prior to this, he served as chairman of the Mundare Recreation Board, oversaw the creation of Victory Park, and the creation of a Recreation Master Plan that enabled Mundare to reduce its arena debt by 50%.
He is currently, the Deputy Chief of the Mundare Fire Department (30 years of service), as well as the President of the Mundare Recreation Centre.
Charlie enjoy's “fiddling around “ with a new hobby (previously played drum, electric bass, guitar and trumpet with a dance band) and ecotravelling. Travel to the Galapagos Islands, the Andes mountain regions of Ecuador, the headwaters of the Amazon, the forests of Hawaii, the Beringia land bridge of the Yukon and Alaska, plus the ecotours of Nunavat and Greenland, help to confirm his strong belief in changing how we live on this planet. Promoting a local food economy would help reduce our collective ecological footprint.
Charlie is also a member of the ARSAN (Alberta Rural Sustainable Albernatives Network) board; working to promote projects that will demonstrate ways to localize our food systems through Community Gardens and Urban agriculture. The development of demonstration projects at ARSAN will enable him to continue to "educate" in rural Alberta.
Charlis Gargus taught high school biology and chemistry at Mundare from 1971 – 1997 and from 1997 – 2006 at Vegreville Composite High School. He also taught junior high students for the same 35 year period, (mostly math & science). Involved with the Young Scientist Conference for 15 years, he was part of a teacher team that taught Marine Biology as an elective and enabled these students to experience actual lab work at the Bamfield Marine Biology Research Station on Vancouver Island. He has 4 years of experience as an Assistant Principal at Mundare School plus 20 years of marking provincial diploma exams.
Since 2006 he has been operating C & D Consulting; this includes being involved in various building projects including the construction of an R-2000 house, decks, garages, and bathroom renovations. He has forty years of experience in residential construction.