Muriel Abdurahman, born in 1938, was the first female mayor of Fort Saskatchewan.
After serving as a councillor in 1977, Abdurahman was elected as mayor in 1980 and then re-elected in 1983.
"That would have been when things were very male-dominated, particularly in Alberta being such an oil province at the time," explained Stuart McGowan, president of the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society.
She was also the first mayor of the City of Fort Saskatchewan, as it officially became a city during her term in 1985.
While mayor, Abdurahman became frustrated with the state of politics in Alberta. In 1986, she ran in the provincial election for the Progressive Conservative Party, losing to another Fort Saskatchewan resident, Walter Buck. She was successful, however, when she ran for the Liberal Party in 1993 and became MLA for the Clover Bar-Fort Saskatchewan district.
In the following election, she lost to Rob Lougheed and decided to retire from politics.
Abdurahman remained in Fort Saskatchewan as an active volunteer until she passed away at the age of 75 in 2013.