The County of Grande Prairie's council consist of nine Councillors who annually select a Reeve and Deputy Reeve and make various committee appointments

Meetings

Council meetings are held at the County's administration building and are open to the public.

Review meeting schedules, agendas, minutes and details for council and committee meetings.

Read our Council Highlights and our Committee of the Whole Highlights.

Residents can make a request to present to Council or send an invitation to Reeve and Council to attend an event.

Priorities

Meet Council

The County is divided into nine electoral areas called divisions. Each division has a Councillor who is elected by the citizens within his or her divisional boundaries. Each Councillor serves a four-year term.

Division 1

Cell: 780-518-3197

Email Councillor Amanda Frayn

About

A special part of my heritage is that my family homesteaded in the Crystal Creek area more than 100 years ago. I am so grateful to raise my children in the County amid a strong group of volunteers, neighbours, businesses, and community members. I look forward to the work of Council and supporting the members of our region.

Experience

I began my career as a paramedic on ground and fixed-wing response, and as an educator covering all levels of paramedicine. Working with the Chamber of Commerce I have developed relationships with business owners, government officials, and municipal administrators. Throughout my career, volunteerism, and in my current role as a sole proprietor consultant for two local not-for-profits, I continue to prioritize community relationship-building.

I am a Director for Swim Alberta, member of the Peace Wapiti Academy School Council, Deep Creek Events volunteer, Level 4 Referee with Swim Canada, and served as Chair of the Tour of Alberta. In 2019, I was named Official of the Year by Swim Alberta.

Get to know

I have been married for 19 years, and with two teenage boys in competitive swimming, most of our spare time is spent at a pool swimming and volunteering. We make time for camping, hiking, and family movie nights. Each year we light a one kilometre walking trail at our home for evening hikes on our long winter nights.

Division 2

Cell: 780-814-8404

Email Councillor Kurt Balderston

About

I decided to run for Council because it is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community in which I've spent my whole life. I hope to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the people of the division.

Experience

I run a 1,200-acre grain farm that has been in our family for four generations. I also served on County Council from 2004 to 2007 and have volunteered on several boards in the community.

Get to know

I'm a proud husband of 37 years, father of three children, and grandparent to two girls. Before my retirement a year ago, I spent my winters curling and coaching at the national level.

Division 3

704063 RR61
County of Grande Prairie No. 1, AB T8W 5B2

Hm: 780-538-3809
Fax: 780-402-3809
Cell: 780-814-3121
Email Reeve Leanne Beaupre

About

When I was first elected to Council in 2004 there was tremendous opportunity in the County and felt I could help with economic development and community growth. Since then, the County saw tremendous development and it is an honour and a privilege for me to be part of this growth. It is humbling to see how the County of Grande Prairie became a leader in its governance and advancement. It's also important to me that the County is a good neighbour and the success of the County contributes to the success of the entire region and all Northern Alberta.

Experience

Prior to running for Council, I was a co-owner of a small oilfield company and that provided me some insights to the challenges of small and medium-sized enterprises. I was also a real estate broker and helped individuals make and sell real estate investments.

I was the chair of Community Futures - Grande Prairie and Region for many years where I used my past professional experience to help ensure success for these grassroots and social enterprise organizations that are the backbone of Alberta's economy. I am currently a member of the Northern Alberta Transportation Advisory Bureau, which focuses on building Northern Alberta's transportation infrastructure. I am also vice-chair of the Northern Alberta Elected Leaders, which advocates for northern Alberta.

My experience is rooted in economic development, I believe there are always opportunities to seize in every situation and challenge we may face.

Get to know

My husband of 36 years and I have three incredible children and two grandchildren who are our sources of inspiration and admiration daily. I enjoy volunteering my time supporting health-related causes such as the CIBC Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society, Asthma Canada, and the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation. I also enjoy spending free time working in my yard and getting out to golf.

Division 4

Cell: 780-831-0864

Email Councillor Steve Zimmerman

About

I wanted to serve on Council to address residents’ concerns, such as improving and maintaining roads, finding accessible resources to help fight rural crime, sustainable tax assessments, accountable fiscal spending, and lobbying service providers and government for improved internet and cell phone service

Experience

I am a Petroleum Technologist and have worked in the oilfield for 35 years, mainly in the area of business development. During my time with Alberta Government Telephones, I served as a Journeyman Telecommunication Electrician. I am a former member of the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association and served on the board for 25 years, raising money for numerous children’s charities.

Get to know

I was raised in the Grande Prairie area. My family history dates back six generations to the original homesteaders in Goodfare and Beaverlodge. My wife, Gina, and I have been married for more than 31 years and enjoy camping and traveling around the county golfing.

Division 5

Box 344
Wembley, AB T0H 3S0

Hm: 780-766-2161
Cell: 780-933-2053
Email Councillor Bob Marshall

About

I want to help make our community safe and a desired place to live and raise a family, while addressing and finding solutions to minimize the impact industrial activity is having on residential life.

Experience

I was educated as an Electronic Engineering Technologist specializing in Biomedical Electronics. I worked at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill in various roles for 23.5 years before being elected to County Council in 2013. I have coached Wolves minor basketball, minor soccer, little league baseball and junior high basketball. I also served as a School Council member at both Wembley schools.

Get to know

I've been married for 34 years and have two children and one granddaughter. In my free time I enjoy woodworking, home improvement projects, the outdoors and hiking with my dog.

Division 6

Box 849
Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0

Hm: 780-354-2823
Cell: 780-933-3074
Email Deputy Reeve Peter Harris

About

I have served on Council since 2013 to bring an urban/rural balance to the council table. I want to contribute to all communities in the County of Grande Prairie through collaboration and co-operation to ensure that services are delivered in an efficient, cost-effective manner to residents.

Experience

I have many years of experience in agriculture as a pedigree seed producer in the Beaverlodge area. I currently operate a family farm with my wife and two sons.

Get to know

I am married to Linda and we have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

Division 7

Cell: 780-228-0034

Email Councillor Brian Peterson

About

My aspiration as a County of Grande Prairie Councillor is to build a better place for everyone to live, work, and play through collaboration with my fellow Council members, County residents, other municipalities, and stakeholders. I bring open and honest communication, innovative thinking, and a frugal mindset to the table.

Experience

Since starting my first business in 1977, I have run operations in both the forestry and oil and gas industries within Canada and the US. I also bring municipal experience as both a Councillor and Mayor of the former Village of Hythe, as a public works volunteer, and serving for more than 30 years with the volunteer fire department.

Get to know

I have a patient loving wife, four incredible daughters, four family-oriented sons-in-law, and twelve inspiring grandchildren. I am passionate about my family and community. My hobbies include spending time with my grandchildren, beekeeping, and fish farming.

Division 8

Box 54
La Glace, AB T0H 2J0

Cell: 780-831-0902
Email Councillor Karen Rosvold

About

I was always an avid volunteer in the area and, to me, being elected to Council in 2016 was the next step in being able to help my community. All my family lives in the County, which means the world to me, and I want to continue to help build a better community for all.

Experience

I have lived and farmed in the La Glace area for 33 years. I have worked with two different school divisions in the area, as well as in private industry. I have been a volunteer for the La Glace Agriculture Society, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, 4-H and many other organizations in the area. I am also provincial board chair of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta.

Get to know

For me, my family and my community are everything. I am so very fortunate that my children and my five very precious grandchildren all live within the County of Grande Prairie and are all within a very quick drive. I love being outdoors whether in my yard or out camping.

Division 9

Cell: 780-897-3577
Email Councillor Robert Chrenek

About

As a resident of the County of Grande Prairie for most of my life and having both of my children return to live in the County, it is time for me to give back to the community that has served my family well. As Councillor, I will work to support growth, unity, and prosperity for the County as a whole, in a manner beneficial to current families and future generations.

Experience

I have farmed my family’s fourth generation farm for more than 35 years. I spent many years as a safety supervisor for a local oilfield company and served as a director for the Sexsmith Seed Cleaning Plant. I have been a volunteer for the Grande Prairie River Rats Association and coached the rugby 7s team at the Alberta Summer Games and minor hockey

Get to know

I am a grain and oilseed farmer living near Sexsmith. My wife, Donna, and I are very proud that our two children and their families have chosen the County of Grande Prairie as their home. I enjoy outdoor activities with my family such as camping, golfing, and boating.