Martin Shields has been involved in municipal governance since 2004, and he has served as the Mayor since 2007. Prior to his career in politics, Mr. Shields served as a teacher and school administrator for 30 years, and as a part-time University instructor for 20 years. He currently serves as the Director of Strathmore-Brooks Alberta Conservative Constituency Association and is a past President of the Medicine Hat Federal Conservative Constituency Association.
Martin currently volunteers in his community with a number of organizations including the Recreation for Life Foundation, Brooks Health Foundation and the Brooks and District Rotary Club. Martin also has a deep interest in municipal sustainability and is dedicated to the Bow River Basin Council, Alberta Water and Riparian Land Committee and Brooks Expo Board.
Martin has been living in Brooks with his family for 35 years and is committed to the success and vitality of his community. He is involved in organizations that do exactly that, as a board member of the Alberta Library Trustees Association, as the Vice-President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, as Vice-Chair of the Shortgrass Regional Library System Board, as Vice Chair of the Palliser Regional Health Board, and as Vice-Chair of the Palliser Area Health Advisory Committee.