I have lived in Oliver most of my life, since I was 9 years old. My family has been very involved with the community, from the International Horse Show, Hockey, Curling Club, and many organizations we belong to.
I have been a volunteer in the community since I was in my late 20’s. I was involved with the Miss Oliver “Youth Ambassador” program for 20 years. On the committees for family days, sunshine festival, curling club, figure skating, and most recently I am co-president of the Oliver Rotary Club. I have been involved with the Oliver Business Association since 2009 and the past 3 years on the committee for the Art Walk.
In the last 7 years on council, I have been the liaison with Okanagan Regional Library, RDOS, Oliver Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Oliver, Art Walk.
I, with the help of a group of people have revitalized the Emergency Services. We have a very strong team going forward who are trained and ready to handle any disaster. It became clear to me how important an ESS team was to the community after the fires in 2015. We as a community had no resources and were relying on other communities for support.
Next Four Years
My time on council has been very interesting and at time challenging. But I do believe that with struggle and dedication comes a great deal of growth. We have been very focused on our infrastructure, with the upgrades of Fairview and Station Street and I want to see us continue with our upgrading, this is vital to a community’s survival. Continue with more sidewalks and the completion of the new park by the Coast hotel. The new sidewalks around the school and the completion of Fairview and Gala parks, have made the area very welcoming and safe for walking.
The opening of the new hotel was a great asset to our community and downtown and have been very excited to be part of the momentum. I am a strong believer that if we are open minded and welcoming to new business ventures, the community will benefit greatly.
We need to continue to lobby the Federal Government for the funding to repair and relocate our Gallagher Lake Siphon.
As for the 2 RCMP members we have been allocated we continue to push the government to have them sooner than later. In the interim I believe that council can increase the budgets and hours of our Bylaw officers to have more coverage on the roads and in the neighborhoods at night.
I look forward to continuing my work for this great community. I believe strongly in its wellbeing and future. We are very lucky to live in this community and in this valley.