Shane Brienen was elected as Mayor of Houston in 2014 and served as Councillor in the previous three terms. In his role as Mayor, Shane writes short bios about himself in the third person. Shane is a Director on the Bulkley Nechako Regional District Board, Omineca Beetle Action Coalition Board (OBAC) and the NorthWest Regional Hospital Board.
During his time on Council Shane promotes sports, volunteerism, outdoor recreation and community pride. Shane is an active volunteer in his community and has coached hockey for the past twenty eight years and counting. He has served on many local and regional boards, committees, associations and clubs through the years, in every capacity imaginable. To name a few: Houston Minor Hockey Association, Central Interior Senior Hockey League, Upper Bulkley Roundtable, Houston Luckies Senior Hockey Club, Northern BC Sport Fishing Advisory Board, Omineca Minor Hockey League, Pleasant Valley Anglers, Houston Minor Ringette and the Houston Recreational Hockey League.
Shane currently resides in “Naturally Amazing” Houston, British Columbia with his wife Natasha, son’s Gabe, Damon, Dallas and daughter Sarah. Like most people in local government, Shane is usually running on coffee and pride by Thursday afternoon. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, coaching, tying flies and slinging bugs on the Morice River.
Tim Anderson was elected as Councillor in Houston BC in 2014 for the first time. Tim has lived in Houston for 40 years and wanted to continue his service to the community after having to step away from the Houston Volunteer Fire Department.
I have a common-law wife of 14 years named Pamela and two stepchildren Tim and Shayla. I also have a 13 year old daughter named Emily who has cerebral palsy which is why making Houston an inclusive and accessible community is near and dear to me. I also have a soft spot for the environment. I love the outdoors with my dog, fishing, cross-country skiing, walks basically anything outside. I also quite enjoy being in the kitchen.
Councillor Rick Lundrigan was elected to Council in November 2008 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2011. Rick was also appointed as the Deputy Mayor for two of those years during his terms. He has served on the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Board of Directors, the Northern Development Initiative Board of Directors and the Houston Public Library Board of Directors; as well as numerous Council committees. Rick, along with his wife Susan are long time residents of Houston. Rick is a Professional Driver and his wife Susan owns and operates her own business in Houston. Rick’s hobbies include drag racing, mud bogging, Harley Davidson’s and most importantly, helping Susan with her passion which is gardening.
John Siebenga was elected as Councillor of Houston in 2014. John served as director of LIFE Recovery in Abbotsford, as principal and teacher at Houston Christian School and currently is a member of the church council.
During his past year as Councillor, John has worked to promote Houston as a good choice of places to live and raise a family.
John resides in Houston BC with his wife while his six children and 21 grandchildren reside in the Fraser Valley. In his spare time, John, and his wife Betty, love to hang out with his grandchildren. John also keeps bees.
Tom Stringfellow was elected to his first term in November 2014 as Councillor for the District of Houston. Tom was appointed to the Health Committee and as Alternate Director to Northern Development Initiative. As well, Tom is a member of the Doctor Recruitment Team.
As a part-time paramedic in the community for the past 24 years, Councillor Stringfellow is committed to improving and supporting local health care needs. Tom has lived in Houston for the past forty-five years, is married and has three children. Tom enjoys golfing, fishing and curling in his spare time.
Dennis Tait was elected as a Councillor in the November 19, 2016 Local By-Election, and is serving his first term on Council.
Councillor Jonathan Van Barneveld was elected as Councillor of Houston in 2011 and re-elected again in 2014. In his role as Councillor, Jonathan served as Deputy Mayor and currently sits on the Chamber of Commerce board, Tourism Board, Health Committee and Doctor Recruitment Working Group.
Jonathan resides in Houston BC with his wife and in his spare time enjoys the great outdoors that Houston has to offer.