Members of County Council participate on various internal and external boards, committees and task forces, representing the County of Grande Prairie and the voices of their constituents. Their participation creates a bridge between Council and the community. It is also a way for County Councillors to better understand local issues and priorities.

Learn more about the County of Grande Prairie's boards, committees and task forces.

County Seeking Public Members for Boards and Committees

The County is currently recruiting public members for the following committees:

  • Agricultural Service Board;
  • County Library Board;
  • Joint Assessment Review Board;
  • Weed and Pest Appeal Committee; and
  • County Recreation Advisory Boards.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

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What do Boards and Committees do?

Boards and Committees review material, weigh alternatives, and make recommendations to Council. Council is then able to make more informed decisions while substantially expediting the decision-making process. 

Some Boards and Committees may also fill a quasi-judicial role, which means that the Committee has the authority to make decisions and judgments as provided for in the Municipal Government Act. 

At the County of Grande Prairie, representatives from the public to various Boards and Committees are appointed by Council from a pool of applicants in accordance with Policy B30 Public Appointments to Boards and Committees

Please see below for additional information on member-at-large opportunities with County Boards and Committees.  

 Agricultural Service Board

1 Member-at-Large Position Available 

Term of Appointment 

1 appointment for a term of 3 years ending October 2024 

Purpose 

To act as an advisory body to help organize and direct weed and pest control and soil and water conservation programs; to assist in the control of animal disease, promote, enhance and protect viable and sustainable agriculture with a view to improving the economic viability of the agricultural producer, and promote and develop agricultural policies to meet the needs of the municipality.  

Time Commitment  

Meetings take place a quarterly during office hours between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.   

For consideration to be appointed to the Agricultural Service Board, members-at-large must: 

  • Be an active agricultural producer in the County of Grande Prairie; 
  • Be familiar with current agricultural issues and practices; and
  • Be deemed qualified by Council to recommend policies that are consistent with the requirements of the Agricultural Service Board Act. 

An attempt will be made to include members from differing sectors of the agriculture industry.  

For more information on the Agricultural Service Board visit Agriculture - County of Grande Prairie No.1 (countygp.ab.ca) or contact the Agriculture Department by email at sraven@countygp.ab.ca or by phone at 780-532-9727.  

 County Library Board

3 Member-at-Large Positions Available 

Term of Appointment 

2 appointments for a term of 3 years ending October 2024 

1 appointment for a term of 2 years ending October 2023 

Purpose 

To ensure the provision of comprehensive and efficient library services to the residents of the County of Grande Prairie.  

Time Commitment  

Meetings are held quarterly with a minimum of four (4) each year.  

For consideration to be appointed to the County Library Board, members-at-large must: 

  • Live in the County of Grande Prairie;
  • Have an interest and enthusiasm for libraries;
  • Have knowledge and skills that will benefit the board;
  • Have Board experience; and
  • Be able to work as part of a team.

For more information on the County Library Board visit Library Board - County of Grande Prairie No.1 (countygp.ab.ca) or contact the Library Services Team Lead by email at sboyte@countygp.ab.ca or by phone at 780-532-9727. 

 Joint Assessment Review Board

3 Member-at-Large Positions Available 

Term of Appointment 
3 appointments for a term of 3 years ending October 2024.
 
Purpose 
The Board issues decisions on complaints related to property assessments within the County of Grande Prairie; towns of Wembley, Sexsmith and Beaverlodge; and the Village of Hythe 
Time Commitment  
Hearings are scheduled when complaints are received, typically in late fall. Hearings take place during regular office hours between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  

*Requires completion of mandatory certification to be paid for by the County of Grande Prairie.  

For consideration to be appointed to the Joint Assessment Review Board, members-at-large: 

  • Should have experience or understanding of the principles of administrative law; 
  • Experience or interest in one or more of the following areas: real estate, property management, property development, property appraisal, and assessment;
  • Ability to analyze, weigh evidence, determine facts and make decisions;
  • Ability to be fair and impartial;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work within a team environment; and
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, committed and enthusiastic.

For more information on the Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board contact Legislative Services by email at legislativeservices@countygp.ab.ca or by phone at 780-532-9722. 

 County Recreation Boards
15 Member-at-Large Positions Available 

County – Clairmont – Bezanson Recreation Board (5 Members) 
County – Beaverlodge – Elmworth – Huallen Recreation Board (2 Members) 
County – Wembley – Dimsdale – Saskatoon Lake Recreation Board (1 Members) 
County – Hythe – Demmit – Valhalla Recreation Board (3 Members) 
County – Grande Prairie Recreation Board (4 Members) 

Term of Appointment 

Appointments to be staggered on each board to ensure continuity.  

 

Purpose 

To review grant applications and make recommendations to County Council for those organizations and groups who are to receive Operating Assistance Grant funding.   

Time Commitment  

Recreation boards meet annually the first two weeks of May during regular office hours between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  

For consideration to be appointed to a County Recreation Board: 

  • Resident of the Recreation Board area; 
  • Experience or interest in one or more of the following areas: non-profit organizations and community sports and recreation;
  • Ability to be fair and open-minded;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work within a team environment;
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, committed and enthusiastic.

For more information on the County Recreation Boards contact Parks and Recreation by email at ngilkyson@countygp.ab.ca or by phone at 780-532-9727. 

 Weed and Pest Appeal Committee

5 Member-at-Large Positions Available 

Term of Appointment 

5 appointments with a term of 4 years ending October 2025 

Purpose 

To hear and determine appeals of inspector’s notices, local authority’s notices and debt recover notices    

Time Commitment  

Meetings take place as needed during regular office hours between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  

For consideration to be appointed to the Weed and Pest Appeal Committee members-at-large must: 

  • Be familiar with current agricultural issues and practices;
  • Ability to be fair and impartial;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work within a team environment;
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, committed and enthusiastic; and
  • Must not sit on the Agricultural Services Board.
For more information on the Weed and Pest Appeal Committee contact the Agriculture Department by email at sraven@countygp.ab.ca or by phone at 780-532-9727.  

To apply for a member-at-large position please fill out the application form. Please submit a separate application for each Board or Committee position you are applying for.  

County Council Boards and Committees

The County Council Boards and Committees provide County Council with perspective and recommendations regarding important civic issues. They also play an integral role in bringing together constituents and the County to achieve the common goal of building and strengthening our community. The County Council Boards and Committees can be composed solely of constituents or members of Council, while others are made up of a combination of constituents and members of Council. 

Internal and external boards and committees.

Library Board

The Library Board ensures accessible and up-to-date library service for all County residents.

Municipal Planning Commission

The Commission makes decisions on subdivision, major permit applications and discretionary development proposals.