Statement from Mayor Jackie Clayton on Passing of Councillor John Lehners

It is with a heavy heart I inform the community of the passing of Grande Prairie City Councillor John Lehners.

John Lehners was a long-time resident of Grande Prairie, a community leader, a friend and a colleague who will be dearly missed. An engineer by trade, John created a successful engineering firm active throughout North America and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace Region Engineering Association for his many years of service.

John cared deeply for his family and his community. He volunteered across many organizations such as the Swan City Rotary Club, Alberta Cancer Foundation and Grande Prairie Legends of Hockey Committee. 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.

John was elected to Grande Prairie City Council in October 2021, and in his short time 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.

Flags at City facilities have been lowered in his honour.