Advocating for the Columbia Valley since 2008
Working effectively as an elected representative for the Valley, in my view, means understanding the diverse issues that affect the residents and tax-payers of a surprisingly large number of rural communities, including communities surrounding Columbia Lake in the south, Fairmont Hot Springs, Windermere, Toby Benches and Panorama Mountain Village. In fact, of our 6 East Kootenay Electoral Areas, Area F boundary marks the largest in square kilometers; notably, priorities vary from community to community. I take great pride in my work of the past decade as elected member of the RDEK Board. Many new programs have been introduced to accompany traditional services throughout my Area, with millions of funding dollars for a wide variety of public projects have been granted. Further, I have chaired dozens of public hearings on hundreds of varied applications on land usage. My decisions have been founded on a publicly-approved vision for the region as well as the education I have gained from meetings and informal coffee chats with constituents and neighbours. Experience has also proven a great teacher. In 2012, an unexpected mudslide after heavy snowfall and wet spring brought home the importance of mitigation, emergency management programs and environmental policies that continue to be a focus of much of my work today.
The Valley is the heart of my work and also my home.
5434 Dutch Creek Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs | V0B 1I2 |
Current Topics of Interest
the introduction of legalized cannabis
We are working to provide a sound foundation for the regulation and safe implementation of legalized cannabis that reflects the Province's goals for public health and safety, particularly for children and youth. The province will be working to launch education and awareness campaigns that complement federal efforts and ensure broad public awareness of the provincial rules before they come into force.
The lake windermere official community plan
Reviewing and updating the current Lake Windermere OCP, which was adopted in 2008 and has been amended 19 times. Over the next year, RDEK will engage the community on land use and development related issues in order to create policies that will guide development and conservation into the future. An updated policy framework will also promote greater certainty in land use decision making by the Regional District Board.
windermere water upgrade & east side lake windermere project
The Windermere Water System has been under a Water Quality Advisory since 2006. In the last few years, there have been discussions on a number of different options to provide treated water that meets Interior Health standards, which would lift the Advisory. Based on feedback received, together with the input from community meetings in August 2016, the RDEK has pursued the purchase of the existing Parr Utilities’ water treatment plant as the preferred option.