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Jan Reimer was born in Edmonton in 1952. She won her first election as Alderman for the former Ward 1 in 1980. She was reelected again in 1983 and 1986 (Aderman terms at that time were three years) and won the office of Mayor in 1988 replacing Laurence Decore. 

Reimer advocated for changing the title of Alderman to Councillor and championed improvements to the City’s waste management system including recyclables and eco stations. She worked on initiatives to improve the water quality of the North Saskatchewan River and in preserving the river valley and extending the trail system. She helped establish the Edmonton Arts Council and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee. 

Reimer is well known for her support of initiatives to reduce family violence. She is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and in her role speaks regularly about curbing family violence and lobbies for more support for abused women and children.

Reimer was recognized as an Edmontonian of the Century in 2004 and has received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Governor General’s Award.