Our county is led by a dedicated group of individuals representing each of our areas individually, and collectively governing our region.
Please meet our council:
Councillor for Whitecourt East
Electoral Division – Division 4
Mayor Jim Rennie was first elected into office in 2001 and has been the mayor of Woodlands County since 2005.
Some of his greatest mayoral accomplishments have resulted from his consistent enthusiasm toward developing inter-municipal partnerships. These partnerships have allowed residents to reap the rewards of new facilities and also experience world-class events that would otherwise not have been possible. Mayor Rennie is also an advocate for economic development and spends a great deal of time working with new businesses that are looking to expand in the community. In addition, he has owned and operated a business in Whitecourt for the past 25 years.
Most importantly, Jim and his wife Sarah have three young children and in his spare time, Mayor Rennie volunteers with the local Tae Kwon Do club as an instructor.
Electoral Division – Division 1
Phone: 780.779 8029
Sylvia Bonnett was born and raised on a mixed farming operation in the Anselmo community having graduated from the Mayerthorpe school. She along with her husband have raised two daughters, 21 & 19, in the Anselmo Community, one daughter is currently in her last year of University, and the other is taking courses through Norquest College.
Sylvia owns and operates D & S Meats. She has been employed in the meat/food industry all of her life. She is very active in her local community, loves all sports, and enjoys coaching when she has the time. She also enjoys living in the country as she likes quadding, snowmobiling, and being in the outdoors with family and friends.
This is Sylvia’s first term as a county councillor having been elected in 2013.
“I enjoy meeting and working with our residents, although at times I must admit it can be overwhelming but generally it is great. I am glad that it is a 4 year term as there is so much to learn getting to know the municipality, the history, different departments, procedures and everything in between. However both council and administration have been very supportive in these areas. I do know that I have not had to read this amount of material since I was in school, but appreciate all the information I am gaining.” — Sylvia
Feel free to contact Sylvia regarding any concerns you may have at 780-779-8029
Electoral Division – Division 6
Dale McQueen grew up in the Fort Assiniboine area and commencing school in 1966 at the Fort Assiniboine School. His family started out on a homestead lease in the Topland area and moved to the Lone Pine area in 1972. After graduating high school Dale went to work for Simpson Timber in Blue Ridge. He worked as a labourer, millwright, and purchasing agent. He left the mill after his father passed away and commenced farming full-time, however a few years later returned to the Mill as a contractor in the purchasing department for West Fraser for several years.
Dale and his wife Joanne currently run a mixed farming operation, with the cow calf operation being their main interest. They raised their son Steve on the farm who is now a millwright at West Fraser and helps them with the farming as time will allow.
Dale was elected to council in 2007 and is currently in his third term. He currently sits on 13 boards/committees. He along with his wife Joanne were also recently nominated as Northlands Farm Family of the year.
“I am truly humbled and appreciative of the recognition we received this year by being nominated as Northlands Farm Family of the year.” – Dale McQueen
If you have any concerns or questions Dale can be reached at 780 779 8520 or 584 2619
Electoral Division – Division 2
Chad Merrifield was born and raised in the Whitecourt area of Woodlands County. He is the fourth generation on the Merrifield Farm. Chad attended Central School and Hilltop High School, and upon graduating, received a Business Management diploma with Distinction from NAIT. After receiving his diploma, Chad and his wife, Joanne, moved back to Whitecourt and began work in the oil and gas industry. Three years later, Chad entered the family business and began managing Merrifield Farms Ltd., moving the farm from beef and elk to a larger focus on cropland.
As an active member of the community, Chad is involved in a variety of committees that focus on economic development, regional alliances, recreation opportunities, and community investment.
Chad and Joanne have 3 children who are the fourth generation of alumi of Central School. In his spare time, Chad volunteers as a basketball coach, and the family enjoys skiing, travelling, and spending time together.
Electoral Division – Division 5
Dan Pritchard was born in the old Mayerthorpe Hospital in 1950. His family farmed at Lonira in the summers and worked doing seismic exploration in the winters between Campsie and the Berlin River. In 1956 his family settled in Blue Ridge and he attended the Blue Ridge school until grade 8 when he elected to attend and finish high school in Mayerthorpe. He followed this up with two years at the University of Alberta where he studied Agricultural Economics prior to purchasing land in the Blue Ridge area that he continues to farm today.
Dan and his first wife Deb raised three children on the farm in the Blue Ridge area. His two oldest are still nearby raising their families, while his youngest daughter works and lives in Whitecourt.
He has always enjoyed the outdoors; quadding, snowmobiling, fishing and shooting but he has started to travel more with his new wife Agnes.
Dan was first elected to Council in 2004. Since then he has served on many boards and committees for Woodlands County. He currently sits on about 14 various boards for the county.
Feel free to contact Dan regarding any concerns you may have at 780 396 9460.