Meet Your City Council

Spruce Grove's city council is made up of seven members, one mayor and six councillors who serve four-year terms.

The current members of Spruce Grove city council are:

 

Mayor Stuart Houston
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
July 1, 1977
Council history:
  • Alderman: 2001-2004 and 2004-2007
  • Mayor: 2007-2010, 2010-2013, 2013-2017
  • Elected to fourth term as mayor in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Debra for 39 years
  • Three children: Cameron, Kyle, Kendra
  • Two grandchildren: Blake and Avery
Education:
  • Canadian Forcers Commissioned Officer
  • Edmonton Flying Club commercial pilot licence
  • Aero Aviation Flying Academy Class 3 flying instructor
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Structural ironworker
Current occupation: Mayor, City of Spruce Grove
Business and professional history:
  • Flying instructor - Aero Aviation Academy Edmonton
  • Structural ironworker - Canron Inc. Western Bridge Division
  • Triple 5 Corporation Structural Systems Supervisor - 1986-2016
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
  • Jubilee Park
  • Border Paving Athletic Centre
  • Fuhr Sports Park
  • Horizon Stage
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Henry Singer Park
  • Jack's Drive-in
Current community involvement: Member of the Spruce Grove Legion
Previous community involvement:
  • Minor Hockey coach for 12 years
  • Minor Hockey referee for 20 years
  • Director and manager for Spruce Grove Minor Ball for 17 years
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Queen's Commission in Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal - 2012
  • Alberta Parks and Recreation Healthy Active Community Award - Elected Official Category
Hobbies or interests:
  • International adventure trekking
  • Road cycling
  • Snow skiing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Wakeboarding
  • Hockey and baseball fan
Councillor Michelle Gruhlke
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
2009
Council history:
  • Elected to first term as councillor in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Troy
  • Pets: Sadie and Callie
Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Current occupation: Owner and operator of Cartridge Express
Business and professional history:
  • Cartridge Express since 2004
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement: Member at large on the Municipal Affairs Committee through the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce
Previous community involvement:
  • Member, board member, past-president (2015-2016) and president (2013-2014) of the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce
Hobbies or interests:
  • Pottery
Councillor Chantal McKenzie
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
Born in Spruce Grove
Council history:
  • Elected to first term as councillor in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Angus
  • Three children: Kaylyn, Connor and Lauren
Education:
  • Professional engineer
Current occupation: Business owner of The Beer Shak, That Yoga Place and Phoenix Physical Therapy
Business and professional history:
  • Professional engineer, City of Spruce Grove
  • Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  • Alberta Transportation
  • City of Edmonton, Transportation Department
  • Parkland County, Engineering Department
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Jubilee Park
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
Current community involvement:
  • Girl Guides leader
  • Spruce Grove Ringette bingo coordinator 
  • Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce - member liaison between the chamber and the City Centre Business Association
Previous community involvement:
  • Girl Guides commissioner
  • Past ladies president of the Spruce Grove Curling Club
Hobbies or interests:
  • Dancing
  • Golfing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Being involved in my kids' activities
Councillor Dave Oldham
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
1977
Council history:
  • Elected to first term as councillor in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Robyn
  • Two daughters: Neveah and Zoe
  • Pet: A chocolate lab named Quito
Education:
  • Combined Education/Physical Education Degree - University of Alberta
Current occupation: Teacher
Business and professional history:
  • Teacher with Parkland School Division since 2001
  • MacEwan University Women's Basketball Coach - 2015-2016
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • Horizon Stage
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement:
  • Spruce Grove Minor Soccer coach
  • Parkland Community Basketball coach
  • Founder and Director of the Children of Ecuador organization
  • Volunteer with Spruce Grove Snow Angels program
Previous community involvement:
  • Children of Ecuador Founder and Director - 2004-present
  • Several years of community level, junior high and high school coaching
  • Volunteer for an array of events and activities in Spruce Grove
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • 2014 Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year finalist
  • 2015 Rotary Club of Spruce Grove Integrity Award winner
  • 2015 Alberta Shooting Stars Basketball Coach Hall of Fame
Hobbies or interests:
  • Travelling
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Reading
  • Coaching
Councillor Wayne Rothe
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
1975
Council history:
  • Alderman: 1995-1998, 1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2004-2007, 2007-2010, 2010-2013, 2013-2017
  • Elected to eighth term on Spruce Grove City Council in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Karen
  • Two children
  • One grandson
Education:
  • Post-secondary
  • CFP designation
Current occupation: Certified Financial Planner
Business and professional history:
  • Financial planning since 1994
  • Journalist
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement:
  • Member of the Spruce Grove Public Library Board
  • Member of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre Board
  • Member of the Community Policing Committee
Previous community involvement:
  • Spruce Grove Public Library Board
  • Recreation Board
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Completed four marathons, including two in under three hours
Hobbies or interests:
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Life-long learning
  • History and culture
Councillor Erin Stevenson
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
1980
Council history:
  • Elected to first term as councillor in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Two dogs - Marley and Dexter
Education:
  • Master of Arts Integrated Studies - Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies - Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Arts Diploma - MacEwan University
  • Radio and Television Arts Diploma - NAIT
  • Data Analytics Award of Achievement Certificate - University of British Columbia
  • Women in Leadership Certificate - Cornell University
Current occupation: Manager of Marketing and Social Media, Athabasca University
Business and professional history:
  • Owner, EMS Creative Inc. - 2012-2014
  • Marketing and sales specialist, Nuna Innovations - 2013
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Jubilee Park
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park with my nieces and nephews
  • The Spruce Grove Public Markets
Current community involvement:
  • Volunteer with the Tour of Alberta in 2015 and 2017
  • Member of the Women 100 Who Care in the Tri-Region
Previous community involvement:
  • Involved as youth group member and church stage production (at Horizon Stage) with United Church and the Christian Fellowship Church
  • Assistant coach for the 2003/2004 SGCHS senior girls volleyball team
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School Valedictorian - 1994
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School Co-President - 1993-1994
  • Student of the Year (Leadership Award) - 1999
  • Served three terms on the Students' Association of MacEwan University as both president and vice-president - 1998-2001
  • Completed Everest Base Camp Trek (22 days and 300 km) - 2011
  • AMPIA award winner for best interactive website - 2012
Hobbies or interests:
  • Founding member of local wine club "The Grape Escape"
  • Completed Level 1 - Wine Sommelier Guild
  • Certified Organic Master Gardener (Multicultural Heritage Centre and GAIA)
Councillor Searle Turton
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
2009
Council history:
  • Alderman: 2010-2013, 2013-2017
  • Elected to third term on Spruce Grove City Council in 2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Amy
  • Two children: Aiden and Xavier
  • Pet: Diesel
Education:
  • Journeyman carpenter
  • Journeyman scaffolder
Current occupation: Sales
Business and professional history:
  • Worked in the oil patch for approximately two years
  • Worked in construction for 14 years
  • Currently work in sales for Ricoh Canada Inc. and have been one of the top sales reps in the country since starting with the company five years ago
  • Maintain numerous rental properties in the Edmonton area
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park
Current community involvement:
  • Active with local church
  • Coach soccer for son Xavier
Previous community involvement:
  • Served as public member of the Spruce Grove Public Library Board for two years prior to being elected
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Elected as trustee for Local 1325 Carpenters and Joiners, which is one of the largest unions in Alberta
Hobbies or interests:
  • Playing sports and board games
  • Improv
  • Reading
  • Target shooting and going for quad rides
  • Trying new foods and experiences
  • Spending time with friends
  • Travelling