The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

Meet Your Council



I was born in Wainwright, AB, grew up in Duchess Area, moved to Calgary, then Medicine Hat until I moved to Empress for a summer job in 1993 with the Chapmans. That summer I fell in love with the peace & quiet of the rural lifestyle, the landscape as well as the people, I never left. I did work for the Village maintenance department and was the parks foreman in the summer months. Met another love of my life in 2007, Dawna, she is extremely community minded as I am; we enjoy working in our yard, camping and kayaking on both the rivers that surround the Empress area. I have watched the demise of our community in the last 20 or so years (losing our school, hospital, rail, & other businesses). I would like to try to turn the tides by working with my colleagues on council and the community to enhance our village once again.




sandraWelcome to Empress. My name is Sandra Crooker. I was born and raised in central Alberta with my 5 sisters. I have 3 grown sons that all live in the Edmonton area. I moved to Empress in 2012 and have enjoyed getting to know the community. As I am retired, I believe I have the time to commit to working with the people of Empress to ensure that our community continues to grow and prosper.

Thank you for your support!
Sandra Crooker





royI was born and raised in Empress and moved away to pursue my career. My wife and I returned to Empress after retiring 3 years ago. After all these years, Empress is still the quiet, friendly community I remember growing up. We try to keep busy by volunteering now that we are retired, and my wife Darlene works parttime at the Library, and sits on the Hall and Hospital committees. I sit on some committees as well, the Airport and Parks and Recreation Committee and that was what inspired me to run for Council and see if we can’t create a stronger more vibrant community. In my spare time I enjoy riding my motorcycle and camping with family.




The Council for the Village of Empress is composed of three Empress residents, chosen by election every four years. The roles of Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen by the Council amongst themselves once per year.

The last election was on October 16, 2017.

The 2021 Municipal Election will be held on October 18, 2021. To learn more about the election, see our 2021 Election webpage.

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