Meet Rhiannon

Your neighbour and your advocate

Rhiannon Hoyle (she/her) is your neighbour and local community leader. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a multicultural country where many of the world’s cultures are celebrated. Rhiannon has called Edmonton home for 29 years, and Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi home for 16 years. 

After moving to Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi she championed building new schools, secured $1.6 million in funding for playgrounds, and brought local concerns about the closure of 127th St. during the Anthony Henday construction directly to provincial officials. She supported local recreation programs, organized the first-ever multi-community Heritage Valley Canada Day celebration in Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, all in collaboration with local businesses and organizations, and has celebrated the work of volunteers and local businesses through events and fundraisers.

A trusted representative with a discerning fiscal plan.

Rhiannon has spent the bulk of her time in senior, publicly elected leadership roles, and in doing so has gained the trust of Edmontonians and her peers to take concerns and translate them into actions. She celebrated Edmonton as District K Representative on the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) board, she served as President of the Heritage Point Community League (HPCL) and as President of the Alberta Party Political Association (APPA). She advocated for the creation of the new SW Edmonton Hospital. Currently, she is a publicly elected University of Alberta Senator and is Vice-Chair of ParityYEG, a grassroots organization that empowers women to seek leadership positions in public service. 

In all her roles, Rhiannon has maintained a laser focus on fiscal responsibility. She has managed multi-million dollar budgets and provided much-needed services and amenities to her community, making sure each dollar was put to good use. Her meticulous focus on money management ensured that under her leadership as President, APPA had very good financial control processes, and did not run a deficit in the provincial election campaign period. Rhiannon has ensured that tight budgets are still reflective of the needs of the public and she will continue to bring that tenacity to Edmonton City Council as all Edmontonians recover from the pandemic.

An inclusive leader, taking equity and diversity into action. 

As a young immigrant who moved to Edmonton 29 years ago, Rhiannon knows that a strong sense of belonging has exceptional capacity to transform our lives and our communities. She knows that great ideas come from various people and places, from our youth to our seniors, from all walks of life. She spent her early years in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in a multicultural and multi-racial environment. Every person, regardless of their religion, financial status, age, or background was respected and valued equally, and these are the values she brings to her multi-generational family today. 

These experiences gave her a deep understanding of the perspectives and needs within a community, and she carries that empathy with her today. With this passion she completed a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Alberta, with an additional certificate in Globalization and Governance. Rhiannon believes that a community that values everyone’s lived experiences will translate into a resilient, safer, and more inclusive place for all.

A vision for what can be, a drive to transform Edmonton together.

Building a great city with wonderful communities requires an understanding of the everyday work and life experiences of the people within it. It takes collaboration with businesses, citizens, and all levels of government. Rhiannon has experienced life in Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, like many of you have. She has the proven track record of leadership and service at the grassroots level as well as the professional governance experience to implement a practical plan to bring strength, security, safety and caring into our communities. 

For Rhiannon, community-based advocacy is her life’s work. She is running to continue serving with greater reach and impact. If you’d like to help Rhiannon bring vision to action, consider getting involved here.

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