Grande Prairie City Councillor John Lehners has passed away.
Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton, in a statement on behalf of the city, says John was a long-time resident of Grande Prairie, a community leader, a friend and a colleague who will be dearly missed.
Lehners was an engineer by trade, creating a successful engineering firm active throughout North America.
“John received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace Region Engineering Association for his many years of service,” the statement reads.
Lehners cared deeply for his family and community, something he didn’t just talk about, but showed on a regular basis.
“He volunteered across many organizations such as the Swan City Rotary Club, Alberta Cancer Foundation and Grande Prairie Legends of Hockey Committee,” says Clayton. “His impact was strongly felt as a trustee for the Grande Prairie Public School Board for 20 years, nine of which were as Chair of the Board.”
Lehners was elected to city council in October of 2021 and all of council and administration are feeling the effects of his sudden passing.
“In his short time, John fostered positive relationships across council to help guide and build Grande Prairie. Council and I are extremely saddened that Councillor Lehners’ time with us was cut so short.”
“My deepest sympathies go to his wife, Donna, his two children, Adam and Analise, his fur kids Hugo and Tory and the many, many people who knew John,” Clayton adds.
Flags at City facilities have been lowered in Lehner’s honour. Lehners had been a resident of the Grande Prairie community since 1963. To learn more about Lehners and his contributions, visit the city website.