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A Life Of Community Service

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The City of Dauphin lost a strong advocate and a true friend with the death of Mayor Allen Dowhan, Sept. 21, at the age of 74.

A vocal proponent of sustainability, Dowhan worked tirelessly in his role of councillor and mayor to push Dauphin towards environmental responsibility through urban forestry, alternative energy projects, recycling, composting programs and development of a city energy manager position.

Under his guidance, Dauphin was awarded the 2017 Manitoba Sustainable Community award.

“Our goal was to be a leader in sustainability in Manitoba, and receiving this award acknowledges that we are. There is more work to be done, however, and we will continue to consider sustainable practices that make longterm sense for our citizens,” Dowhan said at the time. “It is part of our culture now and we have to keep an eye on sustainability. So the more we can do with sustainable projects, the better for our community.”

Dowhan attended his first council meeting as a councillor in November of 1998. He was named deputy-mayor in 2001-02, and served in the position again from 2010 to 2017. Dowhan became mayor in December of 2017.

On top of his sustainability focus, Dowhan was instrumental in many important projects including Communities in Bloom, post-secondary education, active living and transportation, the Parkland Regional Municipality Group and, most recently, the redevelopment of the multi-use courts at Meadowlark Park.
He served the community as a member of the local government for 23 years.

Born in Winnipegosis in 1947, Dowhan graduated from Winnipegosis Collegiate and attended the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).

He later became a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and received a certificate in Adult Education leading to a teaching position at Assiniboine Community College Parkland Campus, retiring 25 years later as director of the Parkland Campus.

Dowhan is survived by his wife Sandra, son Bernie (Michelle), Grady and Taylor; son Gordon (Kara), Victoria and Brandon; step-son John Wilson (Cindy), Madeleine and Hudson; step-daughter Jennifer Balchen (Bayne), Rowan and Spencer; step-daughter Jennifer Smith (Tom), Jakob, Grace and Kyle; as well as his sister Eleanor Anrdeychuk.

In his obituary it is requested that any donations in memory of Allen James Dowhan be forwarded to the Dauphin and District Community Foundation.

Born on Earth Day, the planting of trees was always important to Al and it was his wish that family and friends plant a tree in his memory.