Elmer Borstad

Elmer Elsworth Borstad
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 14, 1979 – November 1, 1982
Preceded by Winston Backus
Succeeded by Bob Elliot
Constituency Grande Prairie
Personal details
Born (1924-08-27) August 27, 1924 (age 89)[1]
Ross Creek near Elk Island National Park
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Doreen Schnieder
Occupation Pipe-fitter, sailor, farmer.
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Navy
Unit HMCS Gatineau and HMCS Sioux

Elmer Elsworth Borstad (born August 27, 1924) is a retired municipal and provincial level politician, pipe-fitter, farmer, sailor and entrepreneur from Alberta, Canada. He served as an alderman and mayor for the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta and later served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1982 sitting with the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.

Early life

Elmer Elsworth Borstad was born on a farm in the Ross Creek area near Elk Island National Park, Alberta in 1924. His first job was working as a caretaker for the nearby school. He started working on a pipeline. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and saw active duty on the HMCS Gatineau and the HMCS Sioux until 1945.[2]

After the war Borstad moved to Grande Prairie and became a surveyor until 1953 when he helped found a trucking business with other members of his family. After the trucking company was sold Borstad got into the welding supply business in 1972.[2] He served as president of the Grande Prairie Chamber of commerce in 1979.[3]

Political career

Borstad began his political and public service career on the municipal level serving on the police and economic development commissions for the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Borstad was elected as an alderman for the first time in 1963 and he became mayor of the city in 1968.[2]

Borstad was also active in provincial politics. He joined the Progressive Conservatives and became president of the Grande Prairie electoral district.[2] Borstad ran for a seat to the provincial legislature in the 1979 Alberta general election. He won a large majority to hold the district for the Progressive Conservatives.[4] He retired from provincial politics and decided to return to his family business after the legislature dissolved in 1982.[2]

Late life

After leaving provincial politics Borstad worked until 1985 before moving to British Columbia to retire.[2] He returned to Grande Prairie in 1997 and continued his public service by becoming chairman of the QEII Hospital foundation where he successfully campaigned and raised funds for an MRI Machine.[5] He also worked as a fundraiser for Grande Prairie Regional College[2] and was awarded the Alumni/Foundation Volunteer Award by the college in 2004 for his half century of service to the city.[6] He served on the 50th Anniversary Committee for the city in 2008.[7]

References

External links

  • Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Listing
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