It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Grand Forks! Our charming city of 3,900 residents is home to beautiful tree lined streets and heritage homes. Its downtown core and bustling city centre, located on Market St, offers quaint cafes, galleries and the iconic City Hall building.
Grand Forks boasts four season living with recreational activities to match. This small community has been home to a large Doukhobor population since the early 1900´s and continues to celebrate and embrace their rich culture.
Our beautiful City is the perfect backdrop for families and retirees, with a strong commitment to healthy living, affordability and great quality of life. Incorporated in 1897, Grand Forks is the “hub” of the Boundary Region, located between the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenays.
Our excellent climate, location and work force have helped to create a robust and diversified local economy, from education, health services and manufacturing, to business and technology services. Grand Forks offers outstanding outdoor recreation, arts and culture, business opportunities and a strong sense of Community.
Visitors to our region can enjoy unparalleled beauty in a superb natural setting. Outdoor activities include boating and fishing on the areas lakes and rivers, water sports, skiing, camping, hiking, biking, ATVing, snowmobiling and golfing in stunning surroundings.
Our residents take pride in our community and are active in volunteering and community life. Council and staff at City Hall are committed to excellence in service and to responding to your concerns and questions, quickly and efficiently.
Grand Forks is open for business and we are committed to finding new ways to maximize the potential of this great community. We welcome visitors and new residents, and are proud of what we have built and where we live. I am honoured to be Mayor of this great community.
The City of Grand Forks has a Mayor and six Councillors. City Council was elected in 2014 for a term of four years.
You Can Contact Council By:
Calling City Hall at: (250) 442-8266
Sending a letter to: PO BOX 220, Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0
Sending a fax to: (250) 442-8000
The current Grand Forks City Council is made up of:
Mayor - Frank Konrad
After 35 successful years in business as a mechanical contractor, Frank is proud to be able to serve his community as Mayor. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Frank and his wife Barbara moved west to Kelowna, B.C., in 1997. Eight years ago they moved from Kelowna to Grand Forks, the City they proudly call home. Some of Frank’s accolades in life are degrees in structural engineering & drafting, and architectural drafting.
Frank is dedicated to leading the community and has a strong commitment to good governance, strengthening regional cooperation, and accountability to all residents. He would like to encourage all residents, through an open door policy, to feel free to contact him and provide any ideas or feedback that they wish to share. Frank is a firm believer in a strong community, and feels the key to this is by having open & honest communication with all residents.
He and Barbara like to take advantage of the lifestyle available in this beautiful City, and surrounding areas. They enjoy golfing, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and especially walking, on all of our beautiful trails. They have three Golden Retrievers that keep them outdoors and very active.
Councillor - Julia Butler
Councillor Julia Butler’s bio is coming soon!
Councillor - Chris Hammett
Councillor Chris Hammett’s bio is coming soon!
Councillor - Neil Krog
Councillor Neil Krog’s bio is coming soon!
Councillor - Colleen Ross
Colleen graduated from the University of Guelph with a Diploma in Agriculture. She studied biosciences at the University of Tromso, Norway, focusing on the ethics of bio-technology. Colleen is the recent past Vice President of the National Farmers Union of Canada (NFU), a founding member of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). She was an active representative for La Via Campesina (LVC), and is on the LVC Biodiversity Commission, working in several countries in that capacity. Her work experience also includes Program Manager and Field Coordinator with the development organization Heifer International.
Colleen has worked alongside NGO’s including: Inter Pares,USC-Canada and ETC Group at the United Nations in Canada, Japan and Europe to ensure that text and agreements respect the rights of farmers’ livelihoods, and sustain environmental and human rights.
Colleen has been farming for over 30 years, both in Australia and Canada. Recently she began Grand Union Farm, in Grand Forks BC, where she grows certified organic crops and raises livestock. Colleen has three adult children, Jessica, Melanie and Isaac, along with their partners and two grandchildren. Colleen enjoys many activities, including skiing- downhill, cross-country and back country; kayaking, hiking and fly fishing.
Councillor - Christine Thompson
Christine was born in Princeton, B.C. and lived her first 7 years in Copper Mountain where her Dad worked for Granby Mining. When Copper Mountain closed in 1957, her family moved to Grand Forks where her Dad was instrumental in re-opening the Phoenix Copper mine. Christine graduated from Grand Forks Secondary School, and moved to Vancouver to attend Vancouver Vocational School (as it was called then) and worked for a short time before she realized “City Life” was not for her. She moved home and worked for the Grand Forks Gazette (when Stan Orris was the owner and editor); then for several accounting firms including Kemp, Harvey Burch Keintz; and finally for the City of Grand Forks, ending her career as Treasurer.
Christine has been married for 43 years to her husband, Brian, and raised two children in Grand Forks. Christine has always been active in the community having served six years as a member of the Hardy View Lodge Board of Directors; thirteen years as a Director of the Grand Forks District Savings Credit Union; and, three years on the Board of the Grand Forks Fall Fair Society. Christine is currently in her seventh year as a member of The Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities, four of them as Council’s liaison to the Board. She was privileged to serve one term as a Councillor from 2008 to 2011.
Christine was unsuccessful in her bid for the Mayor’s Chair in 2011, and decided to put her name forward for a seat on Council in the 2014 election. Currently, the Mayor has appointed Christine to the Water Rates Review Ad Hoc Committee and The Transition Housing Project Steering Committee.
Councillor - Beverly Tripp
Beverley was born in Vernon, BC and has lived in this beautiful province most of her life. She retired to Grand Forks from the Vancouver area with her husband, Tom in 2013, leaving behind over 30 years of work experience in both business and institutional settings. She started her working career as a bookkeeper and office manager, and then became a technical director for the BC Games, traveling around the province to coordinate both summer and winter games, with not-for-profit communications and public relations work following that. Eventually her passion for adventure and advocating for others less fortunate took her to many nations and back again to BC where she trained to become a chaplain for the incarcerated and the elderly. For the next fourteen years working in prisons, hospitals and long-term care settings she learned a great deal about people and the human condition, and was privileged to share the journey with many others in the midst of their most difficult life crises. Some valuable life lessons learned were the art of active listening, how to collaborate to achieve objectives, and the virtue of being a part of the solution to existing problems.
Some of Beverley’s post-secondary accomplishments include a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, and more recently, one year of doctoral studies in Semiotics and Future Studies at George Fox University.
As the most recently elected councillor (having won the May 28th, 2016 by-election for a vacant council seat), she is keenly interested in her community and the people living in it. She loves the laid-back lifestyle and friendliness of Grand Forks, and she and Tom can often be seen walking their JRT through town, stopping along the way to chat with neighbours, friends and even strangers.
She is honored to be serving for the next two years on council for the City of Grand Forks.