His Worship Mayor Donald Atchison’s life is about two things: family and public service.
Mayor Atchison is serving his fourth term as Mayor and when this term is complete he will be the longest serving Mayor in Saskatoon’s history. He was first elected to City Council in 1994 and was elected Mayor in the 2003 election.
Growing up in Saskatoon, “Atch” was involved in community activities and discovered his talent as a hockey goaltender. That led to the professional leagues. After hockey, he returned to Saskatoon and the family business.
As Mayor of Saskatoon, he taps into his life experience. He and his wife Mardele raised their five children in Saskatoon. And if anything teaches consensus, it’s having five children. He sees challenges as opportunities and looks for creative solutions that will generate the greatest benefit for all the citizens of Saskatoon. For the Mayor, partnerships mean results.
Complementing his team approach is his business sense. He believes progress requires decisive action. Mayor Atchison’s leadership philosophy has brought the City together with the school boards, different levels of government, volunteer groups, individuals and corporate donors to build a great city for families and a positive business environment. Three nationally and internationally renowned examples are the Shaw Centre, the SaskTel Sports Centre and the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. In addition, after decades of study and debate, River Landing, Saskatoon’s signature downtown development, is under way.
In recognition of his forward thinking approach, Mayor Atchison has received a number of honours. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International; awarded the Medal of Merit by the International Association of Lions Clubs; Consumer Choice "Man of the Year" Award and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance President's Award for Public Sector Supporter.