Mayor & Council

Mayor Lori Ackerman

Lori was born in Manitoba and raised in all four western provinces. She has lived in the Peace region since 1980 and in Fort St. John since 1988.

She is the mother of 3 children and step-mom of 3.  Married to Andy and together they have 10 grandchildren. 

Prior to getting involved in politics, Lori was very active in nonprofit organizations.  Included in these are: Soccer, Scouts, United Way, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and Homeless shelter society.

Lori was first elected to City Council in 2005 and started serving as a Director for the Peace River Regional District in 2006. She was honoured to take on the Mayor’s seat in November 2011.

Lori’s background is in marketing, economic development and small business counseling and she is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program and is presently completing the final course of the Northern Lights College Business Management Diploma program.

As the Family Service Director of the Salvation Army in FSJ from 1997 - 2002, Lori was instrumental in creating the City's first staffed homeless shelter, 5 day/week soup kitchen and larger foodbank.  She became a Foodsafe instructor to ensure the volunteers and staff were properly trained for their positions.

Lori was offered the position of Executive Director of Sci-Tech North (the Science, Innovation and Technology council for NEBC), and bid farewell to the Salvation Army.  With this position, Lori worked with entrepreneurs and innovators in North East BC to assist them in taking their idea from "concept to commercialization".  It is from this experience that Lori has seen proof that BC can harvest its natural resources and with the use of innovative BC born technology, doing it more efficiently, effectively and leaving a lighter footprint.

In recognition of her community involvement in 2002 and 2012, Lori received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and in 2005, she received the Silver Acorn for her distinguished service to Scouting.

Lori was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC in February of 2016.  She represents the community on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees. 

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee – Chair

·                Parcel Tax Review Committee

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

·                BC Hydro Peace Region Non-Profit Community Fund Committee

·                Peace Valley OSB Community Advisory Committee

·                Affordable Housing Committee

·                North East BC Resource Municipalities Coalition

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                BC Hydro Peace Williston Advisory Committee

·                Resource Works Advisory Committee

·                Community Bridge (North Peace Community Resources Society)

·                National Zero Waste Council - Food Working Group

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Director

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

·                Northern Development Initiative Northeast Regional Advisory Committee

·                Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee

·                PRRD North Peace Fringe Area OCP Steering Committee

·                UVIC – Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Advisory Board

·                Winter Cities Strategy Team

2014 – 2018 Liaison Appointments:

·                Welcoming Community Committee

 

Councillor Trevor Bolin

Councillor Bolin was born and raised in Fort St. John and has been following his dream of serving his community as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2008.

Trevor is co-owner of RE/MAX Action Realty, owner or Burger King FSJ, owner of Gateway Esso and developer for The Gateway Plaza.

Trevor has volunteered over the years for many local and provincial not-for-profit groups and boards.  Trevor is married to Lori and they have two sons.

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                2017 Community Awards Committee

·                2018 Community Awards Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

2014 – 2018 Liaison Appointments:

·                Youth Advisory Committee

 

Councillor Bruce Christensen

Councillor Christensen has resided in Fort St. John for over 25 years and has served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2006. He also serves as the North Central Local Government Association’s 2nd Vice President.
 
Bruce is a retired businessman and has served his community as: President of the Fort St. John Construction Association; Chair of the Northern BC Construction Association Board; President of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce; Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce; President of the Fort St. John Rotary Club; Past President North Central Local Government Association; Past Executive member Union of BC Municipalities; Executive North Peace Fall Fair Society; Executive North Peace Historical Society; District Governor for Rotary International; Exalted Ruler of the Fort St. John Elks Lodge #288; and Chairman of the Official Board of St. Luke’s United Church. He has also served as a minor hockey coach, a minor ball coach, a member of the Palliative Care Society, and serves meals to the less fortunate on Christmas Day.  Bruce is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
 
Bruce is married to Cheryl and they have two children and four grandchildren. Bruce enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees

·                Tourism Fort St. John Board

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                2017 Community Awards Committee

·                Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management
                 Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments

·                Peace River Regional District – Alternate

·                Northern Development Initiative Northeast Regional Advisory Committee
                 – Alternate

·                UNBC Northeast Regional Advisory Committee - Alternate

·                North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission

 

Councillor Larry Evans

Councillor Evans moved to Fort St. John with his family in 1952. He spent much of his childhood exploring in and around Fort St. John and has watched it grow from a small village to the thriving City that it is today. Larry is has served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2005.
 
Larry worked as a Firefighter for the City of Fort St. John from 1972 until his retirement in 2003. During this time Larry moved up the ranks as a Trainer, Captain and in 1996 he became the Fire Chief. In 2002 he was awarded the Fire Services Exemplary Medal by the Federal Government.
 
Larry has served his community as a volunteer with the following organizations: Mini Man in Motion as Peace Region Coordinator; Muscular Dystrophy Society; North Peace Cultural Centre Building Committee; Rendezvous ’92 Committee; Medical Services Director at two Air Shows; BC Winter Games; Northern BC Winter Games; BC Festival of the Arts; Stage North Committee; Child Development Centre Board President; Historical Society Board President; Kinsmen Club; Sunrise Rotary Club as a Founding Member and President; and as Parade Marshall for Canada Day and Santa Claus Parades.
 
Larry is married to Joan and they have three children and four grandchildren.

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Parcel Tax Review Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                2018 Community Awards Committee

·                Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management
                 Committee – Alternate

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Winter Cities Strategy Team

2014 – 2018 Liaison Appointments:

·                Seniors

·                Welcoming Community Committee

 

large_Photo - Lilia Hansen_0.jpgCouncillor Lilia Hansen

Lilia Hansen was born and raised in the Peace country.  She is the Executive Director of the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce where she proudly promotes and advocates for her community at all levels of government.  She is Love Fort St. John’s Community Champion promoting independent non-franchise businesses, working with Northern Development Initiative Trust and the City of Fort St. John to deliver this program.  She is a current director on the board of Community Futures - Peace Liard.

Her passion for community service got her involved with the Sunrise Rotary Club 7 years ago, holding director and officer positions.  She has been recognized for service by being awarded Rotarian of Year in 2012 & 2017.

Previously, Lilia worked for the Ministry of Environment for 12 years and ended her tenure as the Regional Program Admin Support section head, supervising offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson. She had the pleasure of serving Conservation Officer Service, Wildlife & Fisheries, BC Parks, and Environmental Protection.

Her personal business background includes owning an oilfield contracting businesses with her husband, real estate investment and property management.

Lilia is married to Ron Hansen and they have two daughters.

 

Councillor Gord Klassen

Councillor Klassen grew up in Fort St. John before moving away in 1983 and returning with his family in 1998. Gord served two terms as a Trustee on the School District #60 Board of Education from 2005 to 2011 and served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2011.

Gord graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education and worked for 25 years as a pastor. He also worked as a support worker with School District #60 for several years. Gord has served his community as Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Ethics Committee; Chaplain to the Fort St. John Fire Department; an Auxiliary Fire Fighter; Regional Coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Project; a volunteer on the Focus Group to Address Anti-Social Behaviour; and Parent Advisory Councils at CM Finch, Bert Bowes and also as PAC President at NPSS.
 
Gord is married to Sharon; together they have three children and four grandchildren.

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                2018 Community Awards Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Alternate

·                Northern Medical Programs Trust Board and Local Committee

·                North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission

·                PRRD North Peace Fringe Area OCP Community Advisory Committee

·                NCLGA Board of Directors

·                MIABC Board of Directors (as a representative from the NCLGA)

·                BC Used Oil Management Association Board of Directors

·                FCM Standing Committees

2014 – 2018 Liaison Appointments:

·                Library Board

 

Councillor Byron Stewart

Councillor Stewart has lived in Fort St. John since 1974. He has served Fort St. John as a City Councillor since November 2011.

Byron has served as a member of various community boards including the Association for Community Living, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society and currently serves as a member of North Peace KidSport on the Fort St. John & District Sports Council.

Byron has a diverse education in social services, criminology and recreation.  Byron has served as a Youth Worker, Youth Offender Counsellor, Youth Probation Interviewer, Recreation Programmer, Manager of the Lido Theatre, and he is currently apprenticing as a Funeral Director.

Byron is married to Lisa.  He enjoys arts, culture, sports and recreation activities and spending time with his friends and family.  Byron has an appreciation for hats, colourful socks and the sound of people sharing laughter and enjoying life.

 

PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Director

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

·                North Peace Airport Society

·                PRRD North Peace Fringe Area OCP Community Advisory Committee

2014 – 2018 Liaison Appointments:

·                Youth Advisory Committee

.                Fort St. John Sport Celebration Standing Committee

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Lori Ackerman
Phone: 250.787.8160
Contact: Trevor Bolin
Phone: 250.262.7334
Contact: Bruce Christensen
Phone: 250.262.9521
Contact: Larry Evans
Phone: 250.263.5067
Contact: Gord Klassen
Phone: 250.794.7750
Contact: Byron Stewart
Phone: 250.793.5923
Contact: Lilia Hansen
Phone: 250.261.3148