About
Chantal

A portrait of Chantal McKenzie on a green background.

Home is spelled Spruce Grove

I was born and raised in Spruce Grove and grew up watching my parents, Ted and Judy Saramaga, volunteer and support this great community.  I was also blessed to watch my parents own and operate their own businesses in Spruce Grove. 21 years ago, it was easy for me to convince my husband Angus that Spruce Grove is the best place to make our home to start our family.  We now have three great children, ages 18, 15 and 15 (yes twins) who have kept us busy volunteering in all of their community activities.  I love being involved in the community and enjoy volunteering whether it is Girl Guides, ringette, dance, swimming, Boy Scouts, or Navy League Cadets, I love being engaged with my family’s activities.

I have worked 20 plus years as a civil engineer for The City of Spruce Grove, Al-Terra Engineering, Alberta Transportation, The City of Edmonton and Parkland County.  During that time Angus and I owned and operated The Beer Shak for 15 years.
4 years ago I decided to make a change to step away from my career as an engineer and acquired That Yoga Place and Phoenix Physical Therapy and run for City Council.

This decision allowed me to focus on the two most important aspects of my life - my love for my family and my passion for my community of Spruce Grove.  I love working with my husband to run our three businesses while also having the opportunity to work for my community as a City Councillor.

I have extensive experience in budgets, financial statements, water, sewer, storm water, road construction, residential, commercial, & industrial development, the role of governance, inter-municipal relations, by-laws, policies, social & economic development, all great assets to serve as Mayor.

I have dreamed of becoming Mayor and am ready to utilize my skills as an engineer, entrepreneur and Councillor to give to the community to make a difference.  With deep respect for the leaders who have brought this city to where it is today, I believe the time is perfect for a fresh style of leadership, skills, and vision to help our brilliant city strengthen and grow.

Chantal McKenzie

Mayoral Candidate 2021

Born and raised in Spruce Grove, Chantal has deep roots here.

Quick facts

Council History

Chantal was elected to first term as councillor in 2017

Family & Pets

Chantal is married to her husband Angus whom she shares three children with; Kaylyn, Connor and Landon. They have four pets; 2 dogs Buttons and Jupiter and 2 cats Sox and Luna

Education

Chantal has earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree - Civil -Lakehead University, as well as Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from NAIT

Current Occupation

In addition to being a City Councillor, Chantal and her husband own multiple businesses in the community;  The Beer Shak, That Yoga Place and Phoenix Physical Therapy.

Business & Professional History

Professional engineer, City of Spruce Grove, Al-Terra Engineering Ltd., Alberta Transportation, City of Edmonton Transportation Department, Parkland County Engineering Department

Favourite amenities in
Spruce Grove

Jubilee Park, Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park, Spruce Grove Public Library

Past & present community involvement

Girl Guide leader, Girl Guide Tamarac Area Commissioner, Ladies president of the Spruce Grove Curling Club, Spruce Grove Ringette Bingo Coordinator

Committees

Chantal is an active member of many boards.

Hobbies

Dancing, Golfing, Swimming, Camping, Being involved in my kids' activities

Chantal serves on the following committees:
Meridian Housing Foundation Board
Regional Transit Services Commission
Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee
Spruce Grove Specialized Transit Service
Inter City Forum on Social Policy
Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB)
Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board
Annexation Committee - Parkland County
Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance
Capital Region Parkland Water Services Commission
Horizon Stage Theatre Advisory Board