A Leader to Restore Michigan
Tanya Cabala, a lifelong resident of Whitehall, is a teacher, freelance writer, community activist, business owner, and Great Lakes protection advocate. Cabala, who lives in the house she grew up in, served three terms (12 years) on the Whitehall City Council, and on the planning commission, the fire and solid waste authorities, and led the city’s 150th anniversary celebration efforts.
Cabala was a key leader in an effort which won great acclaim throughout the entire Great Lakes region, the 2014 removal of White Lake from a list of polluted hot spots. With a community group she helped to form, she worked tirelessly with state and federal governmental officials to achieve this tremendous accomplishment, which is helping to provide a solid economic foundation for the White Lake area.
Tanya has shown outstanding passion, dedication, and commitment to working for the good of the people in West Michigan. Trusted, persistent, and hardworking, Cabala is known as someone who gets things done. Her lifelong work has garnered her considerable recognition and numerous awards, but she is not finished. Cabala wants to represent the citizens of the 91st district to continue her record of accomplishment, working to restore good-paying jobs, affordable healthcare, the Great Lakes, and Michigan’s reputation as having a top-notch educational system.
As director of a regional Great Lakes environmental organization, Cabala opened and staffed a Muskegon office which worked to build the area’s economic future by protecting our greatest natural resources, including helping to launch the White Lake group, as well as a Muskegon area group which is currently directing a massive restoration effort on Muskegon Lake. She also began a popular beach cleanup program, which has expanded into Adopt-a-Beach, which is still active to this day.
Over a decade ago, Cabala, in conjunction with the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, initiated the popular White Lake Area Guided Nature Walks. She also helped one of Muskegon County’s largest employers, Arconic, establish a natural landscape at one of its facilities. Cabala was a key community leader in helping preserve the White River Township Dunes Sanctuary. Knowing the importance of Muskegon County’s economic development, she established the Green Network, a Chamber-sponsored program, which encourages and supports local businesses that establish effective green business practices as they accomplish their financial goals.
Cabala has been a well-read columnist for the White Lake Beacon weekly newspaper for over a dozen years, regularly highlighting local history, nature topics, and interesting local townspeople, events and programs. Additionally, she has provided regular informative columns to the Norton-Lakeshore Examiner and Women’s Lifestyle Magazine Northshore.
Tanya is delighted that her two adult children live close for frequent visits. She spends time with them as they all can with their busy lives, and also visits her dad daily if possible. She is a doting grandmother to three young boys, and is grateful for her three loyal and loving dog companions.
Tanya Cabala cares deeply about the citizens of the 91st district and wants them to have the opportunity for the excellent quality of life that the state of Michigan can offer.