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There is a wealth of sights to see and experiences to be had in Stony Plain. Use this Guide to help plan your trip.
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Mural Program Stony Plain's rich heritage is preserved through its extensive mural program. Take a tour of the magnificent artwork.
Mayor and Council
Elected by the citizens of Stony Plain, the Mayor and Council are responsible for developing policies and making political decisions regarding the delivery of municipal services. The Mayor is the head and chief elected officer of the Town. Council, as the governing body, is responsible for making sure Town resources are allocated and used appropriately, for the benefit and protection of its citizens.
Mayor William Choy
William Choy was acclaimed to the office of mayor on Oct. 21, 2013 in the general election but was first elected to the office in a by-election on May 1, 2012. Between October 2007 and March 2012, he was a member of Council. During that term-and-a-half, and his current time as Mayor, many new initiatives have been launched, making the community stronger and local government more transparent.
Mayor Choy is proud of the reputation that this Council has earned among other municipalities in Alberta for its ability to work exceptionally well together as a proactive team. Council works to provide good governance, to ensure that the community’s needs are met today and that preparations are in place for the future. Building community and environmental sustainability are two of Choy's top priorities.
Mayor Choy was raised in Stony Plain and graduated from Memorial Composite High School in 1992. He attended King’s University College in Edmonton, earning a B.A., with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science, followed by a B.Ed degree. While in university, Choy was the president of the Political Science Club, which increased his enthusiasm for politics and developed his appreciation for grassroots democracy.
Mayor Choy is a third-generation owner/operator of Bing's #1 Restaurant, a community gathering place that has been located in Stony Plain's historic downtown since 1970. He has been married to his wife, Dara, since 1996. Also raised in Stony Plain, Dara owns and operates her own design firm, Dara Choy Interiors, Inc. The Choys are proud to raise their three children in a culturally rich environment like Stony Plain.
Mayor Choy is actively involved in the community and sits as a board member on several organizations, charities and service groups. For his commitment to the community, he has twice received the Chamber of Commerce Decker Kulak Memorial Award for community service. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the community.
Coun. Judy Bennett
Coun. Bennett is serving her third-term on Council; she was first elected in 2007.
Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Coun. Bennett immigrated to Canada in 1974 and became a Canadian citizen in 1991. Before running for Town Council, she taught elementary school for 32 years in Parkland School Division. Coun. Bennett has been a Mural Tour guide, a member of the Murals Committee and served with Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services. She volunteers in programs run by the Stony Plain Alliance Church and is actively involved in the Multicultural Heritage Centre, coordinating a school program entitled “Little Green Thumbs” to educate teachers and students on indoor gardening.
In 2013, Coun. Bennett completed the Elected Officials' Education Program; consequently, Ms. Bennett would like to incorporate the ideas and strategies she learned through this program into Council decision-making. Her priorities include implementing the Municipal Development Plan and helping to develop a Council Strategic Plan. It is very important to her that Council develop public engagement strategies that encourage and enable residents to become involved in decision-making.
Coun. Bennett believes Stony Plain is a place where all members of the community can feel at home and raise their families in a safe and caring community, just as she did with her two now adult-children, Annie and Ryan. Her hobbies include walking with her dog, gardening, and traveling around the world to visit her friends and family.
Coun. Dwight Ganske
Coun. Dwight Ganske considers it an honour and privilege to have been a member of Council since 1977. Now in his 13th consecutive term, the veteran councillor encourages policies that help ensure the future sustainability of the community, while continuing to support the quality of life residents today enjoy.
Some specific initiatives Coun. Ganske would like for the community include: good maintenance of the Town's existing infrastructure, expansion of the industrial and commercial sectors, greater variety of housing options, improvement of the downtown area, a public cemetery and further development and Heritage Park to potentially include a Regional Community Centre.
Over the years, Coun. Ganske has served on most Council-appointed boards and committees. Presently, he represents Council on the Capital Region Board Land Use and Planning committee and Housing Task Force, the Capital Region Assessment Services Commission, Meridian Foundation Board and the Regional Waste Authority.
Coun. Ganske and his wife Linda have four adult children and are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren. Being retired gives him time to devote to Council duties, enjoy family and pursue personal interests.
Coun. Russ GraffRead Bio
Councillor Russell Graff is the newest member to Council, serving his first term. He brings an array of experience to the group both professionally and personally.
He has been a resident of Stony Plain for over 20-years. He has a unique perspective on the Town as he was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, along with spending many years in British Columbia and Ontario.
Graff and his wife Jane, have deep roots in our community with three adult children along with three grandchildren, all living in the area. The couple has served on school councils and has played an active role in working for the continuation of an excellent school system including French Immersion. Graff standing 6 foot 6 inches tall put his height to good use by supporting athletic programs coaching community basketball.
Graff has a diverse resume; with experience in farming, meat packing, truck driving and heating services before settling on a career in the Church. He’s served as a pastor at the Hope Christian Reformed Church for 14 years and now he’s with Trinity CRC in Edmonton.
He has served on the boards of the Stony Plain Museum, Multicultural Heritage Centre and is currently serving on the Water Services Commission, and the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board along with both local and regional Library Boards. Graff has also been a part of a number of community initiatives, including founding Neighborlink Parkland, a cooperative effort to match volunteers from area churches with needs of the community. He has also been active with the Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry Society.
Councillor Graff has learned a lot about the needs of people and will use this experience to serve the residents of Stony Plain.
Coun. Pat HansardRead Bio
Serving her fifth term on Town Council, Coun. Hansard has been on most Town boards, committees and commissions, including Meridian Foundation, the Municipal Planning Commission and the Economic Growth and Commerce Committee. She wants to increase commercial and industrial development to relieve the tax burden on residential taxpayers. To that end, she obtained a certificate in economic development through the Univ. of Waterloo. Her other priorities include: improving Tri-Municipal Region relationships, constructing a new RCMP detachment, building a Stony Plain cemetery, completing the Heritage Park Community Centre and maintaining existing infrastructure.
Coun. Hansard came to Stony Plain in 1980, when her husband, Rev. Dan Hansard, was called to serve at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The Hansards immigrated to Canada in 1982 and served in churches near Wembley, AB and Vancouver, BC, before returning to Stony Plain in 1993. She became a Canadian citizen in 1996.
Coun. Hansard first volunteered in Stony Plain with FCSS but has been a community volunteer for more than 40 years. She was nominated for the Vancouver Woman of Distinction and The Order of British Columbia and, in 1988, received the Alberta Courage to Serve Award. Her decision to run for Town Council in 2001 was a natural step, following “a life of service to others,” exemplified by her military father.
Coun. Pat Hansard was born in Millersburg, OH and raised in a United States Air Force family. She attended school in OH, TX, MI, GA and university in FL, CA and AB. She was an investigative reporter at a national news-magazine and a highly sought-after motivational speaker. Coun. Hansard is presently employed as a residential and commercial REALTOR® with Exit Realty Solutions.
The Hansards are proud of their four grown children and six grandchildren. In her spare time, Coun. Hansard enjoys walking, genealogy, social media, travel and spending time with her grandchildren. She still volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Kinsmen Christmas Hampers and the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.
Coun. Bruce Lloy
In May 2012, Coun. Lloy was elected to Stony Plain Town Council in a by-election. During his tenure on Council, He has served on several Council-appointed boards or committees: Crime Prevention, Community Policing, FCSS, Subdivision and Development Appeal and TransAlta Tri Leisure. He is the alternate Councillor for the Golf Course Advisory, Japanese Relations, Regional Waste and Yellowhead Regional Library boards or committees.
Mr. Lloy has volunteered extensively over the years, most notably the Great White North Triathlon annually, Stony Plain's Centennial celebrations in 2008 and minor hockey. He is a member of the Stony Plain Rotary, the Royal Canadian Legion, R.C.M.P. Veterans and the UN Peacekeepers' Association.
Coun. Lloy was born and raised in Halifax, NS. In 1979, he joined the RCMP and was posted to Alberta, where he served in St. Paul, Swan Hills, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Edmonton Custom and Excise. He also served with the United Nations International Peacekeepers on three tours to the former Yugoslavia.
Retiring in 2003 after 25 years of service, Coun. Lloy pursued his second passion: real estate, working for Century 21, where he continues to this day. He and his wife Patricia - who he married in 1974, are small-business owners in Stony Plain, owning and operating an RV- and boat-storage business.
When time permits, Coun. Lloy and Patricia love to travel and enjoy camping in the Rocky Mountains. The Lloys have three adult children and four grandchildren, all of who live in Stony Plain and the surrounding area.
Coun. Robert Twerdoclib
Coun. Robert Twerdoclib is serving his third-term on Council. He has served on the board of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre and the Town’s Municipal Planning Commission for six and four years, respectively. Coun. Twerdoclib has had appointments to the Town’s Assessment Review Board, Japanese Friendship Committee, the Meridian Foundation, Parkland-Stony Plain Waste Management Authority, Growth and Commerce Committee, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and the Cultural Roundtable.
Coun. Twerdoclib is a school teacher and has worked for Parkland School Division for the past 28 years. He holds a B.Ed from the Univ. of Regina and a M.Ed from the Univ. of Portland, Ore. Currently, he alternates, by semester, between Stony Plain Memorial Composite High School and Spruce Grove Composite High School, working with students in module-learning.
Coun. Twerdoclib is involved in his professional association, currently as vice-president of The Alberta Teachers’ Association. He serves as a Fellow to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a teacher consultant with the National Geographic Society and is a former board member of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education and Kiwanis International.
Coun. Twerdoclib and his wife Shelley were both born Regina, SK, and their three daughters Carley, Arden and Mieka were born and raised in Stony Plain. The girls are proud graduates of Memorial Composite High School.
The Twerdoclibs own and operate Rare Gem Bed, Breakfast and Private Events in downtown Stony Plain. Serving out-of-town guests and welcoming neighbours and friends to their 1910-renovated and -restored Victorian home, allows them to promote the heritage and hospitality of the community.