Elections are about deciding our priorities for the future. The way that we do this is through voting for a local candidate in our community who is generally also part of a provincial party. We have set up video interviews with each of the candidates running in the Kamloops North Thompson and South Thompson electoral districts. We have asked them questions about their backgrounds, their priorities, why they believe students should vote for them, and many other issues to help you decide who you believe should represent you for the next four years.

Click on any of the videos below to get to know your local candidates. You can also find links to contact each candidate and a short bio on who they are.

 

 

Kamloops North Thompson Candidates

Peter Milobar – BC Liberal Party

Candidate Biography

Peter attended Stuart Wood Elementary, John Peterson Secondary, and Kamloops Senior Secondary. During his school years, he worked at the family hotel, the Place Inn.

Peter played and excelled at numerous sports throughout his youth. He played hockey at the junior level for Nanaimo and Penticton while completing business courses.

Peter was married to Lianne in 1993. They started a family in 1994 and have three children. Peter returned to running the family hotel, which was then known as the Days Inn Hotel.

Peter is now in his third term as Mayor, following two terms as Councillor. Peter is currently in his fifth year as Chair of the Thompson Regional Hospital District. He started as a Director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and then went on to be the longest serving chair from 2006-2012. He is once again a Director on the board from 2013-present. 

In addition to his political work, Peter continues to own and operate a private liquor store in Kamloops. He is very involved in his kid’s sports activities, both as a spectator and through coaching and volunteering. 

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Barb Nederpel – BC NDP

Candidate Biography

Barb Nederpel has been a front line health care worker at Royal Inland Hospital and the Vice President of the Hospital Employees’ Union, giving her a wide angled view of the real impacts of the health care system on patients and residents.

With deep concern to protect Medicare, she works with community and labour organizations to fight back against the provincial and federal cuts that have left people without timely access to medical services and dignified care for our seniors.

She has also worked with her federal colleagues advocating for a new health accord between the federal government and the provinces to provide adequate funding, a national Pharmacare program, and a national seniors strategy.

As the President of the Kamloops and District Labour Council representing 13,000 workers, Barbara is a strong voice for working families in the region, fighting for stable, sustainable, family supporting jobs and the policies that ensure that qualified British Columbians are first in line.

In the 1990’s, Barb worked hard as a single mom raising her young daughter and she understands the economic pressures facing working, single parent families. She is dedicated to anti-poverty initiatives including raising the minimum wage to $15 and an affordable child care plan.  And coupling a strong, K – 12, public education system with affordable and accessible post secondary education, Barb believes that every child in British Columbia can have an equal opportunity to succeed. 

Barb has lived in the BC Interior for over 40 years and she says the most fulfilling half has been those spent in Kamloops. She and her partner Hans enjoy all that the region has to offer from shopping local at the Farmer’s Market to walking the beautiful and peaceful wilderness trails right on our door steps.

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Dan Hines – BC Green Party

Candidate Biography

Mentored by activist and writer Parker J. Palmer, Dan serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and leadership consultant for individuals and for business, educational, and religious organizations. Much of his professional experience has been as a priest and ministry coach (Anglican Church of Canada). For about a decade of life, he managed a wildlife park! As co-founder of the intentional community, RareBirds Housing Co-operative, he has a passion for exploring alternative living and a more sustainable relationship to the land. He is involved in local social justice, environmental activism and grassroots political work in British Columbia.

Dan is rooted in and cares deeply about Kamloops and the North Thompson Valley. He acknowledges his lineage and the impact of his family. His father was a local rancher and logger who cared deeply about the land, his mother was a community care nurse, and his grandparents included a game warden and sheep rancher in the Kamloops area.

Born and raised in Kamloops, Dan has raised his two daughters here. Dan has served on boards for local social agencies and is a well-known and trusted leader in the community.

Dan has a Masters of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology along with a Certificate in Horticulture.

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Peter Kerek – BC Communist Party

Candidate Biography

Peter Kerek is the Kamloops-North Thompson candidate for the Communist Party of BC. He is 37-year resident of Kamloops and an Honours Grad of Norkam Secondary. The 43-year-old father of three was active on the Kamloops & District Labour Council for 15 years including twice holding the position of President. He has spent most of his working life in the fields of labour relations, community social services and transportation while also attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UBC and a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from TRU.

Peter Kerek is committed to fighting for a more just society where the needs of people are placed before the needs of corporations and profit.

“Capitalism remains reliant on institutionalized poverty, hunger, underemployment, unemployment, exploitation and desperation. I am the only candidate in my riding to be fighting for an end to all these social and economic ailments. Capitalism has run its course, and, as we’ve seen since the downturn of the international communist movement some 25 years ago, unfettered capitalism has only led to greater and greater hoarding of wealth and an ever-expanding pool of impoverished working people. We’re giving Kamloops progressives a chance to finally vote their conscience on May 9”, says Kerek.

The Communist Party of BC has the most progressive platform this election and is calling for significant improvements for the lives of ordinary working class British Columbians including: 100,000 new and renovated social and low income housing units; a mixed member proportional electoral system; a $20 minimum wage; elimination of transit user fees and fares; an increase in social assistance and disability rates by 100% and a demand for the federal government to institute a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift all people out of poverty.

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Kamloops South Thompson Candidates

Todd Stone – BC Liberal Party

 Candidate Biography

Todd Stone was elected to represent the riding of Kamloops-South Thompson in 2013 and was appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on June 10, 2013. On July 30, 2015 he was appointed as the Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC. Todd is the current Deputy House Leader, and serves as a member of the Priorities and Planning Committee and the Cabinet Working Group on Climate Leadership.

Before being elected to the BC Legislature, he was founder and CEO of a Kamloops-based software company. Todd is the former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Thompson Rivers University. He also served on the boards of the Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Ventures Fund (VCC) Inc, ACETECH, and the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). Todd has lived in Kamloops for 27 years. He and his wife Chantelle have been married for 16 years and have three daughters.

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Nancy Bepple – BC NDP

Candidate Biography

Nancy Bepple is the BC NDP candidate for Kamloops-South Thompson.

In 2008 and again in 2011, Nancy was elected to Kamloops City Council.   She was also elected to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District in 2012.

While on Kamloops’ council, she was a strong advocate for people with disabilities as well as seniors.  She served on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.  As well, she chaired the community and council services committee and participated on the audit committee, industrial-base task force, heritage commission, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce liaison, parcel tax roll review panel, service-agreement negotiating committee, measuring up committee, and diversity advisory committee.

She also served on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) committees, including the northern remote forum, increasing women’s participation in municipal government and environmental issues and sustainable development.  

As well as her work on council, she has worked for 16 years at Thompson Rivers University as a Co-op Coordinator, where she has helped thousands of students find meaningful, career-related work locally, across Canada, and around the world.  As a result, she has developed strong ties with technology and resource companies.

Prior to TRU, Nancy worked for top BC technology companies for 15 years on projects around the world as a project manager, product manager and meteorologist.

She is currently on the board of Oncore, a seniors-focused non-profit, and volunteers with Kamloops Adaptive Sports, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, A Way Home – Youth Homelessness committee for employment and education, as well the Canadian Mental Health Association.  She has participated in Kamloops Homelessness count on an ongoing basis since its first year.  Her previous community involvement includes Run for the Cure, Kamloops Heritage Society, MS Walk, and the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival

Nancy grew up in Kamloops, and then returned in 2001.  She loves the outdoors, and plays the banjo.

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Donovan Cavers – BC Green Party

Candidate Biography

Donovan Cavers was first elected to Kamloops City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. He has served on the board of the Southern Interior Local Government Association for the past 2 years. As a city councillor Donovan has worked tirelessly to defend the best interests of the community he was elected to serve.

Born in Kamloops at Royal Inland Hospital, Donovan Grube Cavers is the grandson of the late School Trustee Henry Grube, for whom School District No. 73’s Education Centre is named.

Donovan was raised on a family farm in Chase before moving to Kamloops. He speaks both English and French.

An Honour Student at John Peterson Secondary School, he went on to study in the Culinary Arts program at UCC (now Thompson Rivers University). Donovan is a proud small business owner and has operated Conscientious Catering since founding the award winning company 10 years ago.

In his city council role Donovan has served on the Tournament Capital Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Heritage Commission, the Social Planning Council, the Audit Committee, the Official Community Plan Advisory Committee, the Community and Council Services Committee, the Coordinated Enforcement Task Force, the Development Cost Charges Review Committee and the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel.

When he has a few moments of his own, Donovan can usually be found reading, cycling, hiking, gardening, swimming, running, or cross-country skiing.

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Beat Klossner – BC Communist Party

Candidate Biography

I was born and raised in Switzerland. I’m a certified Baker, Pastry Chef and Chef. I immigrated to Canada in 1989 and lived in Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton and since 2002 Kamloops.

I have been Married for 28 years. We have one Daughter. She is a journalist and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

I have worked for almost 40 years in my trade and for the last 12 years at a local Bakery & Pastry shop.

I have had a passion for politics all my life, but this is the first time I’m running for office.

I don’t have a drivers license by choice and depend on transit and bicycle to get around.

I speak fluently English, German some French and am teaching myself some Russian…just for the heck of it.

I don’t watch TV and I don’t have a cell phone.

I have traveled  more then 80’000 km by bicycle since 2005.

Some day I like to travel around the world by ground transport only.

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