Meet Your Council

Mayor Walter Streelasky

I am a long-time resident of Melville, who has been on City Council for twelve years with the last six as Mayor of the City of Melville.
I have had a long and successful career as a School Administrator in Colgate, Weyburn and the City of Melville.  I presently do contract work in Teacher Education with the University of Regina and Brandon University.  I have also had the opportunity to supervise a doctoral candidate for the University of Alberta.  I have served on the Board of Directors with Horizon Credit Union for 27 years with the 19 most recent years as the President.  As Chairperson of the Melville and District Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee I assist in ensuring that we recruit and retain a full complement of doctors for our community.  Presently, I also serve as the Founding President of the Melville and District Community Foundation whose mandate is to provide grants for charitable causes and to allow donors to assist in community development.  I have served as a Chairperson for a variety of different organizations and committees - Melville 2000 Celebrations, Saskatchewan 2005 Centennial, Melville 2008 Centennial Celebrations, Melville Lion's Club, First United Church, Melville Teachers' Association and as a representative with the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation.  Currently, I serve as a Director for the Sunrise Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
I have three daughters, two grandsons, a son-in-law, and a most supportive wife, Carol.  I am a collector of steel wheel tractors, which I try to breathe life into, and I raise Clydesdale horses.  I am very much a community-minded person who believes that you don't wait for things to happen, you make them happen. 

Councillor V. Todd Brooks

Councillor Brooks is a longtime resident, born and raised in Melville.  Todd and his wife Brenda have two children, Tapanga and Hermione, who are both heavily involved in various activities in Melville, including dance, piano, school sports, acting, minor ball, student government, alter serving  at St. Henry’s Church and more.

Although Todd works in Esterhazy and Brenda works in Yorkton, they have chosen to keep Melville as their home.  This is one of the main reasons that Todd ran for council, he loves Melville

Todd is currently employed with Mosaic Potash working on a cutting edge automation team as a planner/coordinator; he is also currently working towards a Certificate in Mining Studies from the University of British Columbia.

 Previous to working for Mosaic, Todd was employed with the City of Melville for 10 years in various positions, including, Special Constable, Recreation Department and Public Works.  Prior to that, he was employed at the Melville Bowl Arena, where he still has many fond memories.

In his spare time you will find Todd on his mountain bike, attending local sporting events, and spending time with his family. 

Contact Information:
Phone: (306) 728-5446 (h)  (306) 740-6285 (c)

Councillor Joe Kirwan

Joanne and I have lived in Melville for over 30 years. We have found it to be a wonderful place to raise our children. After retiring from a nearly 30 year career in health care I decided to become more involved in our community.

I currently serve as Chairperson on the Rail City Industries Board, Vice-Chair of the Melville Heritage Museum Board and as a Director on the Melville and District Community Foundation.

I decided to run for City Council because I believe in our community, what it is and what it can be. We, like all communities, are faced with significant aging infrastructure and the costs associated with addressing them.

I believe that working together with City Council and the citizens of Melville we can meet these challenges so that our children and grandchildren can have the same advantages of a great community that we have enjoyed in the past.

I look forward to the next four years serving the citizens of Melville on City Council and I am open to hearing your questions and concerns.

contact information:


PH: 306 728 3855 

Councillor Lori Kraft

Bio to follow at a later date.
Contact Information:
Phone: (306) 728-



Councillor Andrew Rondeau

Councillor Andrew Rondeau is in his first term. He moved to Melville in 2009 to begin his career as a teacher at the Comprehensive School, where he’s worked ever since. Andrew his wife, Michelle, were blessed with their first child, Malcolm, in 2014. Andrew has always been passionate about governance and public service, sitting on various boards within the city and professionally. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially with a fishing rod or golf club in his hand.

Councillor Rondeau recognizes that the future will bring difficult decisions when it comes to infrastructure and economic growth. He is also very well-aware that Melville is, and will continue to be, a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family. 

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Councillor Vince Thiessen 

Councillor Vince Thiessen is in his second term representing the residents of Melville.  He's been employed with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation since moving to Melville in 2010 and has discovered that Saskatchewan's smallest city is a great place to live, work and play.  

Vince has been active in the community and volunteers every year for the Melville Dinner Theatre.  In the past, he's coached baseball and football and was also a member of the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg for nine years. 

Vince is optimistic about the future of Melville and will take a logical and rational approach with decisions he makes on council. He looks forward to creating positive change for the community in the coming four years. 



Councillor Johan Van Zyl 

Councillor Johan Van Zyl was born Namibia, South West Africa and attended school in Namibia and Cape, South Africa where he graduated from Paarl Boys High School 1966.  In 1973, Johan graduated from medical school and entered family practice in 1975 in Nelspruit, SA.

Johan is married to Eugenie Mare. They have three children: Yvette, Nicolette and Johan and two grandchildren Zarah and Juliana.

Councillor Johan Van Zyl has a graduated Masters in Family Medicine, graduated Masters in Clinical Pharmacology and graduated BSc Honors in OB/GYN. Johan has also served on many boards the past and the present. He immigrated to Canada in 2004 where he worked in Moose Jaw, Sk in family practice till 2006 where he then moved to Melville as a family physician with Melville Medical Associates.

Past boards that Councillor Johan Van Zyl has served on are Secretary & Federal Councillor Medical Association of SA, Deacon Church Council, Elder Church Council. Johan currently serves on the Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, St Peters Hospital, is the Chief of Staff at St Peters Hospital, is a Member of the Faculty University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Family Medicine and Assessor for Practice Enhancement Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and U of S.