Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 11th Woman of Inspiration 2016-2017 Presented by Syncrude Announced

April 2017

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 11th Woman of Inspiration 2016-2017 Presented by Syncrude Announced

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 11th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2016-2017:

Jane Stroud

Ms. Stroud has lived all of her life in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and currently lives in the community of Anzac. First elected to the RMWB council in 2010, Ms. Stroud has been a strong advocate for services in Ward 4 – the area that she represents.  In 2001 Ms. Stroud completed her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Athabasca.

Jane is a strong voice for the outlying area on city council and she works diligently to see the level of service to the outlying ward improve. She sits on various Council appointed Boards such as Governance, Agenda and Priorities Standing Committee, the Budget and Audit Committee, Rural Development, the Selection Committee, the Inner-city Forum on Social Policy and the Veterans Memorial Highway. Ms. Stroud is committed to the fulfillment of essential core services for Ward 4 which includes water and sewer servicing, a sidewalk for youth to walk on when travelling to and from school, usable skating rinks, family and community support services for seniors/elders, walking trails and ongoing road repairs. She continues to lobby for high speed internet for Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier and Conklin as well giving these communities the ability to listen to local Fort McMurray radio stations. High speed internet service is a necessity as Ms. Stroud has heard from the volunteer fire department, who state that as a result of the poor reception on the fire departments radios, some volunteers do not get the call out. This is a matter of safety for the residents in this area and one Jane never misses the opportunity to highlight and fight for.

Another of Jane’s priorities is the twinning of highway 881. Ms. Stroud feels that 881 is an important secondary route that’s severely outdated. ”881 lacks shoulders, any passing lanes, we lack maintenance in the winter on certain parts of that” she says. ”In the statistics that I’ve been shown, 881 has as many deaths in the amount of kilometers as 63.” Stroud states that the stretch of road becomes even more dangerous during the winter as industry trucks and private vehicles travel through the hills.

Recently Ms. Stroud put forward a motion to remove the Conklin Multiplex from Council’s deferred capitol project list in order for the project to be resumed which council approved.

Jane is proud of the improvements for Ward 4 but feels there is still much more to do. Ms. Stroud has announced her plan to run again in the fall election and she is looking forward to continuing to be the voice for the outlying area of Ward 4. Be it the high cost of taxes levied on rural business, or upgraded water and sewer services, Jane’s quiet voice will be heard.

Jane has two children and three grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys visiting with family and can be found on the local golf courses. A strong voice, a passionate fighter, Jane is a positive role model for girls to see what one voice can accomplish.

Ms. Stroud was the recipient of a Citizens Recognition Award for her work in environmental protection.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Jane and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June 10, 2017

The Women of Inspiration is a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude, with a goal to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers and help create change. The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here.

To nominate a woman of inspiration, please visit our website at or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.

For more information, please contact:
Ann Dort-MacLean
Executive Director – Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
Phone: 780-790-9236