Spruce Grove Votes

City of Spruce Grove By-election Day is July 10, 2019

Advance Polls

Advance voting opportunities will be available at the Pioneer Centre on the following days and times:

Tuesday, June 25 6pm to 9pm
Wednesday, June 26 6am to 11am
Wednesday, July 3 11am to 3pm

Election Day 

Electors can vote at any of the following voting stations:

Voting station location Address Time
Spruce Grove Alliance Church 250 Century Road 10am to 8pm
Horizon Stage 1001 Calahoo Road 10am to 8pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 201 Jennifer Heil Way 10am to 8pm

More information about voting from home and voting station accessibility.


Who are the candidates and what do they have to say about libraries?

The SGPL Board has asked each registered candidate the following question: If elected, what actions will you take to support the Spruce Grove Public Library and its delivery of programs and services to Spruce Grove community members? 


Acker, Jeff
Having grown up in Spruce Grove, I am acutely aware of the value of our Public Library and the many services and programs it provides to the residents of Spruce Grove and our surrounding region. During my previous tenure on Council, I was fortunate to have been one of the Council appointees to the Library Board which provided me with a much deeper understanding of the challenges faced by your board in continuing to provide the excellent quality of service that we all enjoy. 

Over the years, my family and I have taken advantage of many of the opportunities provided for at our library. Whether it was through your children programs, the extensive collection or the growing amount of technology -- the SGPL is one of my daughters favourite places to visit! We have spent many hours in your innovation lab and have utilized the 3D printing services for several of her school projects!  

Libraries are an essential part of a healthy community and require the same support and consideration as our recreation centres, public works and protective services. It is at the library where our residents come together to learn, share, socialize, be entertained and celebrate as a community.

Having read your 2017 Need Assessment document and the associated Public Library Services – Best Practices; I see that by 2032, the library will have an expected population area of close to 58,000 and space requirements of over 44,000 square feet. As noted in your latest need assessment -- the current space is already experiencing challenges in serving our community today. It is also necessary to ensure that appropriate funding is in place to meet the staffing requirements to ensure that the level of service and programs provided by our library can keep pace with the ever-increasing demand.

If elected, I will continue to be an advocate and supporter of the Spruce Grove Public Library. I will commit to working collaboratively with the Library Board on solutions to the current challenges and on a long-term plan for meeting the future needs of our community.

Gillett, Jan
Our library is a critical link to learning and a vital community service. I am proud to support our library by serving on its Board.

Read more about the library on my website.

Ratsoy, Sheri

As an avid reader with a voracious appetite for books, I have been a user of the Spruce Grove Public Library as long as I have been allowed a library card. Firstly at the Shenfield Center and then at its current location at the King St. mall. As a mom of a lower income family, I made sure to budget for our library membership (and subsequent late fees), every year so we could have a fresh supply of reading material over summer holidays and my children were often involved in your reading clubs. As a director of a charity, serving thousands of our local citizens, with large capital expenses, I understand the challenge of meeting great need with very limited resources, especially lately when demand for our services tripled in less than three years. 

It would be very hard to speak with too much detail on what actions I would take to support your services without having a lot more information available to me (income sources, expenses, program costs . . .).  I do know that this isn’t a problem specific to our community, as many cities and towns struggle to meet the needs of so many essential community services! As a service provider myself, I would have the background and understanding to voice our shared perspective to council.  

Thank you for the opportunity to share!

Tyson, Beverley

First, I just want to say that my family and I love the library.  We have had library cards for many years (as a matter of fact, they are up for renewal in July, so we will be back in shortly!). Based on our time spent at the library, I would agree that the facility and programs would benefit from additional capital and operational investment that would allow the library to grow as the city continues to grow.  

If elected I would apply a two-step process that would allow me to better understand the current state and future needs of the Library.  The first step would involve a document review.  The second step would be to meet with yourself, and other members of the board to discuss the Board's concerns.

In preparation to answer your question, I decided it would be beneficial to review the documents listed below in order to gain a better understanding of the current and future needs of the library. This was meant as a precursory review to assist me in answering your question and to give me a better understanding of the library, the programs and services offered, the role it plays in the community, and the requirements that would allow the Board to adjust to current and future levels of growth. If elected, I would preform a more fulsome review of the documents listed below, as well as any other documents the Board feel would be beneficial.

I started by read the Spruce Grove Public Library Needs Assessment and the Annual Reports. Based on these documents, I feel the Board has been able to show the value the library provides to the community.  The Annual Reports demonstrate the library has successfully grown both its traditional services of lending books, as well as increased the number of participants taking part in programs and utilizing its services. The Needs Assessment shows that without additional space and funding, the library will be unable to sustain the desired level of service as outlined in the Best Practices for Public Libraries in Alberta

As well, I reviewed many of the reports and plans created on behalf of the City, and I noticed that the library is mentioned by name as a partner and/or service provider in many of these plans. This includes such plans as the Culture Master Plan, Leisure Services Master Plan, Social Sustainability Plan, and PathwaysHome: Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Homelessness to name a few.  To me, this demonstrates that the library has a role to play in supporting the community and in making Spruce Grove a ‘Community of Choice’.

I also reviewed the Recommended Corporate Plan 2019-2021, where I was happy to see that the current City Council and the Administration have recommended the approval of leasing additional space that will begin to address some of the physical space constraints the library faces. The Corporate Plan also indicates that the library has been approved to receive an increase to their operating grants over the next three years.

The second step, should I be elected, would be to arrange meetings to discuss the Board’s concerns in greater detail, what the current and future needs are, as well as to understand the Board’s specific ask of me.  I would also request meetings to speak to existing Councillors, as I would be interested in understand their perspectives in relation to the Board’s concerns, as well as what they are hearing from community members on this issue.

In terms of current needs, I would like to get a better understanding of what level of investment the Board feel would be required to meet the ‘Essential’ level of service for the community at its current size? What does the Board feel would be the next steps? How will the recent approval by the City to expand the library’s footprint impact the current service level the library is able to offer? Will the additional space allow the library to achieve ‘Essential’ level of service and what would be required to move towards an ‘Enhanced’ level of service? The same question would apply to the increases to the library’s operating grants over the next three years. I would like to understand how far that will go to addressing the library’s current needs.  I would also want to get a better understanding as to how these increases compare to funding of other program areas. What are the contingency plans should there be no growth?

In terms of future growth, I would like to get a better understanding of the Board’s plan to address future growth.  For example, does the Board have a road-map that breaks down the growth requirements into shorter time frames with associated costs? What would the Board required to move from a centralized location to including satellite branches?

Finally, if elected I would like to better understand the Board’s specific ask of me as Councillor.  What are the top three priorities? What are the bare minimums? Are there opportunities for additional partnerships that would be beneficial? 

As most people are aware, the resources available to City Council and the Administration are finite, and despite the substantial growth the city has experienced, there are limits as to what can be reasonably fund each year.  Many program areas are asking for additional resources in order to continue to provide services to the community.  As such, it is important to ensure that available resources are fairly distributed based on the needs of the community as well as the needs of the program area.  With the above information in hand, and understanding the existing constraints, I feel I would be be in a better position to determine how I could support Library Board in advancing their request.


First, I just want to say that my family and I love the library.  We have had library cards for many years (as a matter of fact, they are up for renewal in July, so we will be back in shortly!). Based on our time spent at the library, I would agree that the facility and programs would benefit from additional capital and operational investment that would allow the library to grow as the city continues to grow.  

If elected I would apply a two-step process that would allow me to better understand the current state and future needs of the Library.  The first step would involve a document review.  The second step would be to meet with yourself, and other members of the board to discuss the Board's concerns.  

In preparation to answer your question, I decided it would be beneficial to review the documents listed below in order to gain a better understanding of the current and future needs of the library. This was meant as a precursory review to assist me in answering your question and to give me a better understanding of the library, the programs and services offered, the role it plays in the community, and the requirements that would allow the Board to adjust to current and future levels of growth. If elected, I would preform a more fulsome review of the documents listed below, as well as any other documents the Board feel would be beneficial.  

I started by read the Spruce Grove Public Library Needs Assessment and the Annual Reports. Based on these documents, I feel the Board has been able to show the value the library provides to the community.  The Annual Reports demonstrate the library has successfully grown both its traditional services of lending books, as well as increased the number of participants taking part in programs and utilizing its services. The Needs Assessment shows that without additional space and funding, the library will be unable to sustain the desired level of service as outlined in the Best Practices for Public Libraries in Alberta 

As well, I reviewed many of the reports and plans created on behalf of the City, and I noticed that the library is mentioned by name as a partner and/or service provider in many of these plans. This includes such plans as the Culture Master PlanLeisure Services Master Plan, Social Sustainability Plan, and PathwaysHome: Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Homelessness to name a few.  To me, this demonstrates that the library has a role to play in supporting the community and in making Spruce Grove a ‘Community of Choice’.  

I also reviewed the Recommended Corporate Plan 2019-2021, where I was happy to see that the current City Council and the Administration have recommended the approval of leasing additional space that will begin to address some of the physical space constraints the library faces. The Corporate Plan also indicates that the library has been approved to receive an increase to their operating grants over the next three years.  

The second step, should I be elected, would be to arrange meetings to discuss the Board’s concerns in greater detail, what the current and future needs are, as well as to understand the Board’s specific ask of me.  I would also request meetings to speak to existing Councillors, as I would be interested in understand their perspectives in relation to the Board’s concerns, as well as what they are hearing from community members on this issue.  

In terms of current needs, I would like to get a better understanding of what level of investment the Board feel would be required to meet the ‘Essential’ level of service for the community at its current size? What does the Board feel would be the next steps? How will the recent approval by the City to expand the library’s footprint impact the current service level the library is able to offer? Will the additional space allow the library to achieve ‘Essential’ level of service and what would be required to move towards an ‘Enhanced’ level of service? The same question would apply to the increases to the library’s operating grants over the next three years. I would like to understand how far that will go to addressing the library’s current needs.  I would also want to get a better understanding as to how these increases compare to funding of other program areas. What are the contingency plans should there be no growth?

In terms of future growth, I would like to get a better understanding of the Board’s plan to address future growth.  For example, does the Board have a road-map that breaks down the growth requirements into shorter time frames with associated costs? What would the Board required to move from a centralized location to including satellite branches?

Finally, if elected I would like to better understand the Board’s specific ask of me as Councillor.  What are the top three priorities? What are the bare minimums? Are there opportunities for additional partnerships that would be beneficial? 

As most people are aware, the resources available to City Council and the Administration are finite, and despite the substantial growth the city has experienced, there are limits as to what can be reasonably fund each year.  Many program areas are asking for additional resources in order to continue to provide services to the community.  As such, it is important to ensure that available resources are fairly distributed based on the needs of the community as well as the needs of the program area.  With the above information in hand, and understanding the existing constraints, I feel I would be be in a better position to determine how I could support Library Board in advancing their request.