Long time city councillor Helen Rice will not be seeking re-election in October.
Rice won a byelection in 1979 and says one of her most proud moments was getting a recycling program going in the city.
“Ralph Klein was the Minister of Environment, he was so proud … this was the only initiative in North America that encompassed the city, towns, villages, the county and MD’s.”
She also fondly remembers the development of Muskoseepi Park, a provincial initiative.
“It turned out that Grande Prairie was way ahead of everybody else, because back in the days of Mayor George Repka, they had purchased all of the land adjacent to the creek and so Grande Prairie could just start developing the park.”
Rice ran for Mayor in 1998 and lost. She was re-elected to council in 1999.
“It will be 18 years, so I think that’s enough. It’s time to move over and let someone new move in.”
As for plans after the October election, Rice says everything is on the table.
“My expertise lies in going to and conducting meetings, so I hope that I will be doing that and I will be looking at what else is out there.”
Rice will leave her post this fall as the longest serving city councillor in Alberta.