JANICE RHEA REIMER
Jan was born in Edmonton on May 23, 1952.
She graduated from Forest Heights Elementary, Ottewell Junior High, and McNally High and the U of A with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science. After Jan graduated, she traveled with her husband, Hubert Kammerer, throughout Asia, New Zealand and Australia. She was a welfare officer in Darwin and Brisbane, Australia between 1975 and 1977.
After returning to Edmonton, Jan spent three years as citizen’s co-ordinator for the Calder Action Committee, a Neighbourhood improvement group. She was elected to council as an Alderman in Ward 2 in 1980 at age 28. Jan gave birth to her two children while in office. Of note, she holds the record as the only Alderman to give birth to two children in office. She also holds the record as Edmonton’s first (and still only) female Mayor. She was a member of many boards and organizations including EDE, Edmonton Power, and Edmonton Social Planning Council.
Sources: Edmonton Journal, October 20th, 1980; City of Edmonton Archives