I hope to earn your support as I seek re-election to council this fall. The civic election is on Oct 20th. Serving on Kamloops city council for almost 10 years has been the honour of my life. I love this community with all my heart and I am incredibly thankful that the community has provided me with this amazing opportunity to serve. In my time on council, I’ve worked on a great diversity of issues. I feel very well versed in community opportunities, concerns, and issues in Kamloops. Specifically, in this term of council, highlights include:
- helping connect the local technology industry more closely with city hall
- helping secure over 100 units of supportive social housing
- assisting the formation of council’s Sustainability Advisory Committee
- supporting the plans for a Performing Arts Centre,
- working to successfully establish a junior city council.
My accountability statement on my 2014 council platform:
In May of 2017, when Mayor Milobar was elected to the provincial legislature, I was honoured by my council colleague’s unanimous support to become the Acting Mayor until Mayor Christian was sworn in early October. This was an incredible experience for me and I learned even more about city hall operations. I helped lead the community through our wildfire response and the final steps of our decisionmaking on the Ajax mine proposal.
On a provincial level, I am currently the First VP of the Union of BC Municipalities and President of BC’s Local Government Leadership Academy. I try to bring as much of my provincial learnings and relationships as I can to my work in Kamloops.
I strive to take a very positive and constructive approach to my council work. We definitely have challenges but the way to address these challenges is to focus on our strengths and opportunities.
I strive to be a councillor everyone can feel comfortable with and to be a councillor who brings our wonderfully diverse community together over issues and initiatives.I aim to thoroughly research and engage the community on issues. And, once I’ve made decisions, I commit to clearly explaining the reasoning behind my decisions.
I hope you will consider actively supporting the campaign. I am hoping this will be our campaign, not just my campaign.Thank you so much for being part of what Kamloops an awesome place. Please be in touch anytime.