After 17 years of service to the Village of Beiseker and its residents, Al Henuset is closing the book on his political career.
“It was a pleasure to serve the citizens of Beiseker,” the long-time council member said.
Henuset served in Beiseker politics as both mayor and councillor throughout the years, according to the Village’s August newsletter, which announced his retirement. Henuset said he and his wife Marlene were ready to move closer to family in Strathmore, which led to his decision to retire after nearly two decades of local politics and community involvement.
“The biggest thing was to see the people of Beiseker were looked after,” he said.
According to the newsletter, Henuset also served as the chair of the Rocky View Foundation for many years and was involved with the local Lion’s Club and agricultural society, as well as Community Futures. He was also the manager of Beiseker’s credit union for several years, which he said added to his sense of community responsibility.
“The Village of Beiseker – in effect – provided me with a living, and I’m a firm believer that you give back to your community,” Henuset said.
He added that some of the most memorable projects he was involved with while on council were the completion of paving throughout the village, the creation of Beiseker Centennial Park, and his work with developing affordable seniors’ housing through the Rocky View Foundation.
He also added council’s work on improving the look of the village’s main street was another highlight, and he was proud to be involved with adding message board signs on the outskirts of the village, as well as speed indicator signs.
“I’m quite pleased with the progress Beiseker has made,” Henuset said.
Now that Henuset is officially off the clock, he said he and Marlene are in the process of situating themselves in their new home, in Strathmore.
“We’re having trouble finding room to put things,” Henuset laughed, adding that the couple moved into a condo in a senior’s complex, downsizing significantly from 1,635 square feet to 905 square feet.
Nevertheless, he said he is looking forward to having some time to relax, spend more time with his family, and perhaps participate in some of the activities and events going on around his new town.
He said he will miss the village his family called home for several years, but added he is excited to move on to the next chapter.
“[Beiseker] is a good little community, I enjoyed my years there and I had some good friends,” he said.
It seems the feeling is mutual, as the heartfelt letter declaring his resignation from Village duties, written by village staff, concludes as follows:
“Strathmore’s gain – our loss. We’ll miss you Al.”