Meet the Council
Mayor Greg Rathjen
We have settled in to Bentley as Home since June 1987.
I believe Bentley is at the top of the list of the best communities in Alberta. I have served in the past as a council member for six years. After taking seven years off I have been honored to be elected as Mayor for this four year term.
My desire is for people to come to Bentley for a visit and as many have, maybe even decided to move and be part of this developing Model town with a bright future. People first moved here in 1899 and we became a village just over 1915.
Take a virtual tour and see a little of our changing pictures https://www.townofbentley.ca/visitors/virtual-tour/ .
Thank you for looking into Bentley and as Mayor with a great council, staff, businesses and recreation opportunities, we know you will be coming back. Located between Sylvan Lake and Gull Lake, less than a minute off the Highway 12 bypass road you will find the greatest unique destination town in Central Alberta.
As Mayor, please feel free to call or contact me at any time. [text/call] 403-357-0188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Lenore Eastman
I love Bentley and will take an active role in it's future.
I was born and raised in Red Deer, the 4th child of a busy family of 6 children. Our family members were active volunteers in many areas of interest.
I have worked for AHS, family support and even tried being a farmer.
Myself and my husband have spent countless hours serving our communities where we lived.
Last October found us living in Bentley, which I adored and had visited often. We came from the Peace Country and have no regrets! Bentley, in my experience, has always been a welcoming and friendly town for residents and visitors.
As councillor, I will enjoy working with staff and residents to promote ideas and activities with opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the citizens, while bringing visitors from far and wide. I understand that the day-to-day operations of our community are vast and require council participation.
Thank you for allowing me to be one of the town councillors!
Councillor Dale Grimsdale
Dale has lived in Bentley for 13 years with his wife and 2 children. Bentley quickly became home to him, as he fell in love with the view, amazing people and small-town charm.
He is currently a Senior Account Executive for a major waste company and has also served in the Oil and Gas sector for over 15 years in Central Alberta.
Dale and his family enjoy all types of music, live events and entertaining their friends and family here in town. He looks forward to serving the people of Bentley for the next four years and is honoured to be their representative.
Deputy Mayor Pam Hansen
I was born and raised in Bentley and am proud to have called this community home for 45+ years while raising a family of my own here. I am continuously and actively involved in many community events and organizations.
I believe we are very fortunate to live where we do in Alberta. My goal is to continue to make Bentley a great place to live, raise families and do business. My goal as a councillor is to contribute to the betterment of Bentley for the residents & it’s visitors, I look forward to representing the residence at the council table.
“The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, imagination, and resources of its people.” Ernesto Sirolli
Councillor Brenda Valiquette
I have lived in Bentley for 22 years. I have been married to Joe for 56 years and we have 3 children, Mark is 53, Lisa is 52, and Tracey is 50, we have 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
I have worked as a cook for several years and waitressed for a lot of those years as well. Most of my life I have raised children; 3 of my own and 2 of my grandchildren, and several of my brothers and sisters.
So maybe I was put on this earth to look after children but want to try something else now. As a town councillor I will do my best for the people that call the Town home and come to visit. I will always be open to listen to your concerns and ideas.
Would you like to address Council but are unsure of the procedure? The following guidelines are provided to help you.
Contact the municipal office, either by telephone, fax or e-mail, indicating the topic you wish to discuss with Council. Once you have made your request to attend as a delegation, you will be advised of the date and time of your appointment at a Council meeting.
Any documents you have that will aid Council in making informed decisions would be appreciated. These should be left at the municipal office the week prior to your meeting with Council so that copies can be made for the agenda packages.
At the meeting you attend, Council members will listen to your presentation and ask any questions of you to help them clearly understand. A decision will not be made at that meeting but will be added to the next agenda. This is to give administration sufficient time to research, if necessary.