Keith McGrath - Ward 1
“I believe that there are two important landmarks in life – one when you are born and one when you die. But what matters most is what you do in between.” And Keith McGrath has made sure that his “in between” is full indeed. Originally from Newfoundland, he took Keyano College Heavy Industrial courses when he first arrived here and was soon part of the construction team that built the Fort McMurray Golf Club.
He went on to have a three decade career in the oil sands. Over the years, he also has been privileged to work with many great community leaders volunteering, and working on boards and committees that include the Community Health Council, Fort McMurray Housing Authority, the Regional Roads Committee, MacDonald Island Park, McMurray Newfoundlanders Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and was the President of the Friends of Miskanaw Golf Club. Keith has been on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Catholic School Trustee Association Finance Committee and is currently in his fourth term as a Board Member with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District.
Keith is passionate about building a community where no one gets left behind. “While on Council, I want to champion a community plan that’s family friendly and sustainable as well as a community that supports both big and small business. I want to work with stakeholders to shape a city that attracts and retains the young and old alike, and one that delivers core services to ensure economic growth.”
“My time will be spent assuring a transparent Council that directs administration to hire locally, and to shop locally for all services. I hope to enhance conversations between citizens and industry, be a team player, and always respect the experiences and opinions of others.”
Keith has three children and he and his partner, Teresa, have been together for 20 years. To unwind at the end of a busy day, he walks the trails with his dogs, reads, travels, follows hockey and is a keen golfer. But his true passions continue to be his family and his community. “I will never stop learning. I like to think of myself as approachable, respectful and a good listener. My dream is to see that all voices and people are represented. I hope to continue to be a man of the people, for the people.”
Keith has received the 2012 JD Hole Humanitarian Award, the 2012 St. Thomas Service Award and, in 2013, was honoured with one of 38 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals distributed by the Canadian Construction Association in recognition of achievements that have helped to build the Canada of today and the future.
Councillor McGrath is appointed to the following Council Committees:
- Land, Planning and Transportation Committee, Chair
- Oversight Committee, Alternate
Keith also a member of the Regional Recreation Corporation Board.