Roxie Chapman will be retiring from Council this week after eight years of service. She was first elected in 2013 for the Ward of Ridgevalley, Crooked Creek, Sturgeon Heights and has served two terms.
Roxie grew up in Ridgevalley, AB, where she lives today (in the home she was raised in). Before becoming a Councillor, Roxie raised two children, a son and a daughter. She also had a long career as an educator, working as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal. Her career included time at Hillside School in Valleyview, the Catholic school system in Grande Prairie, Penson School in Grovedale, and Ridgevalley School. In addition to teaching, Roxie also devoted her time to coaching many youth sports, including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and track and field over the years. No small task for a busy mother of two kids, each with their own activities.
Roxie has loved her time on Council and embraced the steep learning curve that new councillors face. As a voracious reader, she managed the large amounts of reading required for councillors, along with the rest of her workload. However, her favourite part of being a councillor was serving on various boards and committees. She has served on the Greenview FCSS Board, Peace Library System Board, PACE, Grande Spirit Foundation, and the Grande Prairie Public Library Board, among others.
At the end of her term, Roxie looked back fondly and remarked, “As part of Council, we were able to build community in Greenview. All of my fellow Councillors were incredibly accomodating.” “The learning curve for new Greenview Councillors is steep, and there is so much to learn,” she added.
Roxie also found great satisfaction in serving at a level where positive effects on change were visible and impactful. Following her retirement from Council, Roxie looks to spend more time with her family. She is especially looking forward to devoting more time to hanging out with her two beautiful grandchildren.