Mayor Dennis Cassie

  • Dennis was born and raised in Port of Spain Trinidad in the community of St. James. In December of 1972 Dennis immigrated to Canada at the age of 23, where he worked a series of jobs including coalmining and construction. After several years of employment as a non skilled worker, Dennis pursued an education at Mount Royal College in Social Work, completing his diploma in 1978. He has been actively employed in the Human Services field for over thirty five years and received his registered social worker status in 1996. Dennis’ early years in Canada were spent in Calgary and he later relocated to Lethbridge in 1990 to pursue new employment opportunities. It is in Coalhurst that Dennis entered into municipal politics and was elected to Town Council – October 2001. After serving 2 terms as a Town Councillor, Dennis was elected Mayor, in 2007, 2010, 2013 and was subsequently re-elected as mayor in 2017. Through the course of his public life Dennis has been active in his community and served on several boards and committees in southern Alberta in the role as an elected official. These committees have included: Green Acres Foundation, Risk Management, South Grow, Barons Eureka Warner FCSS, and Lethbridge Public Library to name a few. In 2010 Dennis was honoured with an Aboriginal name (MANIPTAAPI) from the Blackfoot nation in Southern Alberta to honour his work. The word Maniptaapi means “a new person” to represent his move from Trinidad to Canada and his involvement with the First Nations as a social worker. As a practitioner, Dennis’ calm demeanor, approachable nature and skill in dealing with families in crisis is highly regarded as a model for success.   In February 2013 Dennis was selected as one of 60,000 Canadians to be honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In November 2013 Dennis was honoured by Lethbridge Family Services – Immigrant Services for Community Service. Dennis is married to Kristine and together they have one son, Gabriel, a student at the University of Lethbridge.

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