Bill Tonita is currently an elected member of Strathcona County Council, a position he has held since October 2017. Prior to his election to council Bill 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 sits 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 as a member of the Inter-municipal relations committees with the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Town of Bruderheim. He also sits on Alberta Municipalities Infrastructure committee, which provides advice to government on municipal priorities.
Anyone who knows Bill will say that his family comes first. 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.
Bill has always been a believer in building community. He has done so by supporting his children’s activities, leading school communities, and engaging in parish life. When 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 his daughters’ musical pursuits.
Bill has chosen to put forward his name as a candidate for the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) in the Strathcona Sherwood Park Constituency Association because he believes that the Alberta government can do better. Over the past two and a half years he has witnessed the current government’s attacks on Healthcare, Education, the Environment, and rural Alberta with increasing dismay.
He believes that Alberta must diversify the economy while ensuring that all Albertans are able to participate in the economic recovery. He envisions a future in which publicly funded health care, including prescription drugs, is freely available to all Albertans, where our education system is once again best in class, and where our post-secondary institutions are restored to prominence as some of the top performing Universities in the world.
Bill envisions a future in which economic growth moves in step with the environment. He believes that Alberta will become a world leader in petrochemical development and one of North America’s pre-eminent hydrogen hubs if we play our cards right. He believes that the NDP, under the leadership of Rachel Notley, is the only party that can restore Alberta’s image, rebuild the economy and create a vision for the future focused on innovation and creativity.
Bill’s passion for politics comes from an extensive educational career as teacher, principal, and Senior Manager at Alberta Education. 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. During his time at Alberta Education, Bill supervised Alberta’s Accredited International Schools.
He is committed to life-long learning and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Education degree. With a young family at home, Bill returned to University several times throughout his career to pursue a Post graduate diploma, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration. His Master’s project on Servant Leadership, focused on the attributes of leadership, continues to shape his view on how to create successful communities.