Office location/mailing address:
2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 3W7
Bill Tonita is currently an elected member of Strathcona County Council, a position he has held since October 2017. Before that, he spent 33 years as a teacher and principal working in various communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta including Prince Albert, Nipawin, Lloydminster, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan.
Since his election in 2017, Bill has served on numerous boards and committees and currently serves as Vice-chair of the Saffron Sexual Assault Centre, Chair of the Capital Region Northeast Water Services Commission, Chair of the Governance Advisory Committee and is a member of the Inter-municipal relations committees with the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Town of Bruderheim. He serves as council’s alternate representative on the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and on Edmonton Global. He also sits on the Alberta Municipalities Infrastructure committee, which provides advice to the government on municipal priorities.
Bill, and his wife Marla, have lived in Sherwood Park since 2003 where their three youngest children completed their schooling. Together they have raised four children and they delight in watching their four grandchildren grow up. Anyone that knows Bill will tell you that family comes first. Additionally, Bill has always been a believer in building community which he has done through supporting his children’s activities, leading school communities and engagement in parish life in the communities he has lived in. As his children were growing up, Bill was actively involved in their activities serving as team manager and coach for various basketball, volleyball and softball teams, directing school drama productions and supporting the musical pursuits of his daughters.
Bill’s passion for politics comes from an extensive educational career. Before being elected, Bill spent 33 years in Education as a teacher and principal and as a Senior Manager at Alberta Education supervising Alberta’s Accredited International Schools. During his time as a school Leader, Bill was Chair of the Elk Island Catholic Schools Administrator’s group, served as a member of the District’s financial allocation committee, and was a member of the Negotiating Sub-committee of the Elk Island Catholic Teachers’ Association.
He is committed to life-long learning and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Education degree. With a young family at home, Bill returned to University several times throughout his career to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration. His Master’s project on Servant Leadership explored the qualities that make strong leaders.
As an elected official, Bill is passionate about Strathcona County and remains focused on making this the best place to live, work and raise a family in Alberta.
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