Councillor Jan Gillett

Previous terms on City Council
  • First term
Professional background
  • Several years’ experience working in non-profit with youth and teen mothers
  • 10 years’ experience in retail, HR and business management
  • Left the hustle and bustle to return to the non-profit sector and realize a better work/life balance
  • Saw a need in the community - founded a local non-profit - Parkland Pregnancy Support Centre
  • Business Management - McEwan
  • Culinary Arts course - NAIT
  • Co-owner of RavenWolf Brewing Co Ltd. - a local microbrewery and taproom
Current community involvement
  • Director of Parkland Pregnancy Support Centre
  • Co-owner RavenWolf Brewing Co Ltd.
  • Spruce Grove Rotarian (currently on leave of absence)
  • Former co-chair of the Winter Emergency Response Committee
  • Meridian Housing Foundation Capital Campaign Committee (former Spruce Grove representative)
  • Since joining City Council, I have stepped back from some community involvement in order to focus on my new responsibilities representing Spruce Grove
Significant accomplishments and awards
  • Spruce Grove Public Library Board Trustee – four years
  • Recognized as ”Pillar of the Community“ for my community advocacy
  • Creator and founder of the Late Night Cafe (an element of the Winter Emergency Response)
  • Founding Parkland Pregnancy Support Centre - seven years ago
  • Former board member - Tri-Region Pay Forward Kindness - non-profit
  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust - Level 2 Intermediate
Hobbies and interests
  • Travelling to new places and experiencing new cultures
  • Wine enthusiast - tasting wines
  • Cooking and entertaining
  • Event planning and seasonal decorating
  • Genealogy
  • Personality psychology - e.g. Enneagram, Myers Briggs, DISC, Eysenck and True Colours
Family and pets
  • Happily married to my husband, Randal for 33 years
  • I have three adult daughters, raised in Spruce Grove and live locally
  • I am proud granny of three little ones
  • I have other immediate family who live in Spruce Grove as well
Favourite amenity in Spruce Grove
  • My favourite amenity in Spruce Grove is Central Park. It is an outdoor space used year-round by many different ages from our community. 
  • There is nothing better in the winter than strolling in the park with friends, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying the magical Christmas lights!