Meet Your Council

Back row (L-R): Councillor Byron Stewart, Councillor Gord Klassen, Councillor Trevor BolinCouncillor Tony Zabinsky
Front row (L-R): Councillor Becky Grimsrud, Mayor Lori AckermanCouncillor Lilia Hansen

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 11 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 counselling and she is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program and completed 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 days/week soup kitchen and larger food bank. 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

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • BC Hydro Site C Community Measures Agreement Monitoring Committee
  • BC Hydro Peace Williston Advisory Committee
  • BC Hydro Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee
  • Community Action Team
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • Emergency Planning Committee – Chair
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • National Zero Waste Council - Food Working Group
  • North Peace Divison of Family Practitioners - CSC
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust North East Regional Advisory Committee
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Peace River Regional District - Director
  • Peace River Regional District North Peace Fringe Area OCP Steering Committee
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Seach Committee
  • Resource Municipalities Coalition
  • Resource Works Advisory Committee
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Salvation Army Community Council
  • UVIC - Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Advisory Board

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 of 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

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2019 Community Awards Committee
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Seach Committee
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Tourism Fort St. John Board

Councillor Becky Grimsrud

Councillor Grimsrud has resided in the Fort St John area since 2006 and was elected to Fort St John City Council in 2018.

Becky is a career helicopter pilot and has spent her entire career flying a variety of different clients in the Peace region. She has served on several boards in the area including the North Peace Cultural Society, Fort St John Literacy Society, North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club, and Kin Club of Fort St John.

When she isn’t reading, in meetings, or out flying, you can usually find Becky outside enjoying the great outdoors. She enjoys many sports and recreational opportunities, arts, culture, and social events.

Becky is married to Rob, and they have two daughters.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2019 Community Awards Committee
  • Emergency Planning
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission
  • Tourism Fort St. John Board
  • Youth Advisory Committee

Councillor 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.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • BC Hydro GO Fund Committee
  • 2020 Community Awards Committee
  • Community Bridge (North Peace Community Resources Society)
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Search Committee
  • Seniors
  • Welcoming Community Committee

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; 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 seven grandchildren.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2020 Community Awards Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - BC Regional Caucus
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - Rural Forum
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Fort St. John Public Library Association
  • North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA)
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - BC Used Oil
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia

Councillor Byron Stewart

Byron 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 and once again on the Board for the Fort St. John Association for Community Living.

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 as an employee of Hamre’s Funeral Home.

Byron enjoys arts, culture, sport & recreation activities as well as spending time with his friends, family, and beautiful wife Lisa. Byron has an appreciation for hats, colourful socks, and the sound of people laughing and enjoying life.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2021 Community Awards Committee
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • Emergency Planning
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • North Peace Airport Society
  • Northern Medical Programs Trust Board and Local Committee
  • Sport Celebration Wall Standing Committee
  • UNBC North East Regional Advisory Committee
  • Youth Advisory Committee

Councillor Tony Zabinsky

Councillor Tony Zabinsky was born in Toronto, Ontario and was raised in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. In his early years in Saskatchewan, he was an Emergency Medical Technician, Commercial pilot, and was a partner in a Men’s clothing store in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1990, Tony moved to BC to start a career in financing. In 1997, Tony and his family were transferred to Fort St John with Scotiabank. After 27 years with Scotiabank, he retired as a Commercial Lending Manager in October 2018.

He is married to Gwen Zabinsky and has 3 adult children and has no grandchildren as of yet.

He has been a leader in a number of organizations including Kinsmen, FSJ Minor Hockey, Chamber of Commerce, North Peace Senior’s Housing Society and Northern Lights College Foundation.

Tony is committed to this community that he calls home. He is an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and as well as a die heart Toronto Maple Leaf fan. You will find Tony enjoying the local attractions of the Peace Region, either camping, golfing or river boating.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2021 Community Awards Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust North East Regional Advisory Committee - Alternate
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Peace River Regional District - Director
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Sport Celebration Wall Standing Committee