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, 23 & 20, in the Anselmo Community, Nicole is currently in her master program at the University of Alberta, and Monique is employed with Whitecourt Healthcare Centre.
Sylvia owns D & S Meats, however with her busy council schedule now only does cutting when time permits. 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 second term as a county councillor having been elected in 2013.
” I truly appreciate the opportunity to once again represent Division 1, my community, it’s residents, and all who call Woodlands County home. One term behind me…..definitely had some overwhelming moments, absorbing huge amounts of information, including at times being placed outside of my comfort zone, which to me is how we grow! In general a very positive experience that influenced me to pursue another term.
My intent for this term is to continue being open to conversation, positive, negative or otherwise. I feel our residents are a great resource for history, diverse views/backgrounds, and great sounding boards. For myself, continue working with our administration and fellow councillors, area committees, boards and community groups as we all strive to make our county – The place to be!” — 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
Electoral Division – Division 5