About Bill

Bill Tonita was first elected to represent Ward 4 in Strathcona on October 16, 2017.  

Married to his wife Marla for 37 years, Bill is a proud father of four grown children and of four young grandchildren. His family has lived in Sherwood Park since 2003. Anyone that knows Bill will tell you that family comes first and that building strong communities is an important value in his life. As a parent Bill was actively involved in his children’s activities, as the team manager and coach for various basketball, volleyball and softball teams. He has also been an avid cheerleader of his daughter’s musical career and remains a strong supporter of the Arts. Bill continues to be an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, having served on the Finance Council and as a music minister.

Bill is committed to life-long learning and continuous improvement. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Education degree, a Post graduate diploma, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration with a focus on “Servant Leadership”.

Prior to being elected, Bill spent 33 years in education including 23 years as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Lloydminster, Nipawin and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He also spent three years at Alberta Education as a Senior Manager supervising Alberta’s Accredited International Schools. As an Educational Leader Bill was Chair of the Elk Island Catholic Division Administrator’s group, a member of the District’s financial allocation committee, and a member of the Negotiating Sub-committee of the Elk Island Catholic Teachers’ Association. He also served as Chair of the Lloydminster Teachers’ Association.

Since becoming an elected official Bill has served on numerous boards and committees including:

  • Saffron Sexual Assault Centre
  • Heartland Housing Foundation
  • Pioneer Housing Foundation
  • Economic Development and Tourism Committee
  • Inter-municipal Relations Committee with City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Youth Advisory Committee
  • Capital Region Northeast Water Services Commission (Chair)
  • Integrated Regional Transportation Master Plan Task Force
  • Energy and Infrastructure Committee with Alberta Urban Municipalities
  • Strathcona County’s Economic Resilience and Vision Task Force (Chair)