I am very pleased to put my name on the election slate for Mayor of Osoyoos, I am qualified to take on this responsibility after serving as a Town Councillor for the past 3 years. This was a very positive experience for me, working with an interested, energetic council, and a cooperative professional town staff. I continue to learn about town by-laws and policies, the local government act and the community charter, and it is an ongoing priority of mine to read and learn as much about municipal government as I can.
I have lived in Osoyoos for 46 years, was married to Mel and we raised two children- Ryan and Kirstin. I worked as a Primary teacher at Osoyoos Elementary School for 34 years, and I continue to be involved there as a 1-to-1 reading volunteer and as the school liason for the Osoyoos Art Gallery committee. I also volunteer for many community and service groups. Presently I am a member of Soroptimist International of Osoyoos, Market on Main, and the Osoyoos Festival Society, where I recently served as the Chairman of July 1-Cherry Fiesta for 10 years. I was awarded Osoyoos Citizen of the Year in 1992, Osoyoos Volunteer Leadership Award in 2007 and the South Okanagan Leadership Award in 2009.
Green and blue, my favourite colours, make us think of healthy blue waters and green trees. Our lake, our water and our tree fruits, grapes and ground crops are of paramount importance in all planning.
Job creation is very important to our community, so we can continue to prosper. Prospective investors need the facts about working here. What are we good at? We are a world class tourist destination, due to our climate, our warm lake and our positive attitude- giving credence to our logo “Canada’s Warmest Welcome.” Tourism is a huge economic driver and we are pleased to have Destination Osoyoos looking after both tourism and economic development.
Businesses will be pleased to know that our tax rate is 1.6 times the residential rate, the 7th lowest in BC, according to a recent article in the Vancouver Province. Council has recently held a public hearing concerning our zoning bylaws, and we have given 3rd reading to a business friendly amendment to commercial off street-parking regulations.
I feel that I am well qualified to become the mayor of Osoyoos. I am an organized, energetic and positive leader, and a team player. I have the time to listen and I will continue to educate myself on the variety of local issues that are important to our community. Please give me the opportunity to continue working for our town. On November 15, please vote for me, and elect Sue for Osoyoos mayor.