Mayor Tara Veer

A photo of Mayor Tara Veer from 2013Contact Information
403-342-8154 Phone
403-342-8365 Fax

Mailing Address
c/o Box 5008
Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4

About Tara

Tara is a born and raised Red Deerian and has demonstrated herself as a passionate advocate for the people she has had the privilege of representing since 2004 on Red Deer City Council.

Council Experience

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

Council Leadership Positions

  • Municipal Planning Commission, Chair
  • 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

Government Leadership Appointments

  • Appointed by the Mayor of The City of Red Deer to the Red Deer Native Friendship Society Joint Negotiations Committee, Co-Chair 2012 to Current
  • Appointed by the Chair of Inter-City Forum on Social Policy to the Alberta Action to End Poverty Advisory Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • 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
  • Establishing Central Alberta Advocacy Centre: Community Advisory Member, 2015 to 2017.

Community Charitable Support & Fundraising

  • Tara personally gives to numerous local charities and has helped raise significant funds for the following local charities: Red Deer Hospice Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Central Alberta Alzheimer’s Society, and McMann Services Youth Addictions Treatment Centre, Women's Outreach, Aspire, Big Brothers & Sisters, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. among other local causes.

Council Committee & Community Board Experience

Over the course of her tenure on City Council, Tara has actively served terms on all of 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 Services

Education History

  • Studied Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology at Red Deer College and Queen’s University, Graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen's University.
  • Attended River Glen Senior High School, Valedictorian

Employment History

  • Past employment with Red Deer’s Member of Parliament where Tara advocated for constituents to various federal government departments.
  • Past employment with Living Stones Church where Tara served as Executive Director and previously as Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

Other Awards & Recognitions

  • Governor General’s Medal for Highest Scholastic Standing
  • Alberta Heritage Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Achievement
  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as Gold "Favourite City Councillor" in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as a "Most Beloved Red Deerian" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  • Voted in the Red Deer Express People's Choice Awards as "Favourite Local Politician" in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Personal Interests

  • Time with Family and Friends
  • Reading, Reading, and more Reading
  • Jogging and In-line Skating
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Photography
  • Travel