Community services

Blackfalds welcomes new Director of Community Services –

The Town of Blackfalds has a new Director of Community Services, Rick Kreklewich.

Rick has been the director of the Abbey Center since its opening eight years ago, where he was instrumental in the construction and start-up and has since been dedicated to the continued success of the Abbey Centre.

Previously, Rick spent 11 years at Rimbey as a manager and said his experience will help him make this change successful.

“The last eight years as general manager and the last 11 years at Rimbey as manager have certainly helped me understand what it takes to be an effective leader for our department,” he said. “I have a passion for recreation and am proud of what the town of Blackfalds has to offer, and look forward to the opportunity to improve our community in the future.”

Rick’s predecessor, Sean Barnes, said he was confident leaving his position in Rick’s hands, knowing he will do his best to keep the department moving forward.

“Mr. Kreklewich has worked for community services for nearly a decade and has extensive experience in recreation, culture and parks. He will be an excellent candidate to lead and oversee this department,” Barnes said.

Rick will take office on February 14, 2022.

Written with files from the town of Blackfalds.