Deborah (Brennan) Mardy
Born to Ruth and Ray Brennan on January 10, 1948, Debbie was raised in Millet with her five siblings. While growing up, Debbie began to display her passion for making her community a better place. Her seventh grade class took on a three-year project, interviewing and researching all of the pioneers in the Millet area and compiling a book from their research. They then sold the book and donated all of the money to the Millet School for construction of a new playground.
Debbie met Raymond Mardy in high school in 1965 and they were married in 1969. Over the next 8 years, they welcomed their three children, Lorrie, Dawn, and Stephen. Even while raising children, Debbie worked to make Millet a better place as a Village Councillor. In 1978, when Mayor Dick Wagner stepped down, Debbie was elected as Mayor for the Village of Millet and served for one year. She then served as the School Board Trustee and was the Yellowhead Regional Library System representative for the Alberta Library Trustees Association from 1991 to 2001.
Debbie worked at a bank for many years, and this made her the perfect candidate to be treasurer for many different organizations, including her church, the Alberta Library Trustees Association, the Millet Kindergarten Class (for which she was also a founding board member), and various organized sports. Debbie also spent twenty-eight years as a dispatcher for the Millet Fire Department. In 1987, Debbie and her husband Ray opened their home to two Japanese exchange students.
The church was always a huge part of Debbie’s life. She was a proud member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church until they disbanded in 2012. She was also a member of the Catholic Women’s League. As part of the church, she taught catechism in Sunday school, served tea at their St. Patrick’s Day teas, and worked many bingos.
Debbie has a strong passion for helping her community. She is diligent, intelligent, and kind. She has helped to make the town of Millet what it is today, and her hard work will be forever appreciated in this community.