Elections are about deciding our priorities for the future. We have set up video interviews with each of the candidates running in the 2017 Municipal By-Election. We have asked them questions about their backgrounds, their priorities, and other specific issues to help you decide who you believe should represent you on the Kamloops City Council.
Click on any of the videos below to get to know your candidates for city council. You can also find links to contact each candidate and a short bio on who they are.
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Contact Ashlee Hudie
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Contact Barbara Morin
CUPW member 1988-Present, Norbrock Soccer Executive Committee 1996-2000, A.E. Perry Elementary School PAC Executive 1996-2005, Coached Boys & Girls Youth Soccer 1996-2010, Kamloops Sikh Cultural, Society Executive Committee 1998-2000. Member 1995-Present, City of Kamloops Social Planning Committee 1-term, 2000-2003.
Being a letter carrier for Canada Post in Kamloops I have heard first-hand the type of problems our citizens are facing. I will bring a working-class voice to the table that has been missing at City Hall, The Voice of the People! Taxes continue to increase in Kamloops and public services continue to lack throughout the City. I can no longer tolerate seeing talented TRU students leave after graduation due to no local jobs and the disconnect between City Hall and its citizens growing. My focus will be to strengthen the local economy by growing/adding small, medium and large businesses and to secure job growth in this city.
I pledge to listen to each and every concern the citizens of Kamloops may have and promise to always be their voice. In regards to TRU, both my daughters have attended the school and I believe in having monthly meetings to make sure we are preparing students for future job opportunities.
Contact Bill Sarai
I was born and raised in Kamloops, living in Westmount until the end of Grade 3 before moving to Logan Lake for 7 years. I graduated from Westsyde Secondary, and did my undergrad at TRU (then UCC) in English Rhetoric and Composition. I moved to Busan, South Korea in 2002 to teach ESL for a year. I fell in love with the country and stayed for 12 years before moving back to to Kamloops in 2014. Since coming back I’ve finished a M.Ed in leadership, and have thrown myself into helping the community. I’ve been a volunteer cooking at community dinners, shovelling snow for the elderly, and participated in food drives. I currently work as an instructor at TRU, facilitate for various leadership institutes, and sit on the board for a wildfire relief fund for British Columbians affected by this year’s wildfires.
Contact Brad Serl
I have lived in the Kamloops area for more than 38 years having moved to Kamloops in 1991. Prior to living in the interior my family resided in Sparwood BC where my father got his start in the mining industry. My family is deeply rooted in the resource sector and I have always been proud to come from such hard working roots.
I am a wife and mother of two amazing teenage boys. My eldest graduated in 2016 and my youngest is in his 9th year of education. My background is as a licensed registered care aid, with the bulk of my career in private and palliative home care. After ending my eight year contract as a home share provider I decided to concentrate on pursuing some personal interests. I have always been interested and passionate about politics.
Contact Caroline King
A little about myself. I was raised in the beautiful Kamloops region. After graduation; I moved away for college and to further my career but always knew I would return home. My career eventually allowed me to return home to be closer to family and to raise my children 12 years ago. I am running for council so my children and all youth have every opportunity right here in our region. Artist, engineer, trades, I want every career path available for our children and the generations that will follow. Kamloops is uniquely situated to provide many business opportunities with natural resources, a world class university, a growing high tech sector, a transportation hub as well as tourism. We need to safeguard its most valuable resource of all,its people. By promoting every advantage we offer, we can maximize these opportunities. I intend to use a council position to advance communication between business, education and government. To ensure prosperity, security and growth for all its people.
Contact Dennis Giesbrecht
Local lawyer and sitting Vice-Chair of the Board of Education of School District 73 Gerald Watson has announced he will stand for election as a City Councillor in the upcoming by-election.
Gerald Watson was first elected to school board in 2002 and was re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Gerald started his legal career in Kamloops, articling with his father, former City Councillor Ronald Watson in 1995. Gerald is past president of the Rotary Club of Kamloops, past president of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and Region and is past Director of Community Futures Thompson Country
Gerald was the first Kamloops Trustee elected to the BCPSEA board of directors (British Columbia Public School Employers Association) and actively campaigned for the No-STV side on the last two referendums on electoral change.
Watson says that he brings a history of reasoned decision making to the table. “I would like to work with Council to build our reputation as a great place to start or relocate a business”.
Contact Gerald Watson
It would be an honour to serve in the position of City Councillor for Kamloops. I have an abiding faith in the public’s voice. If you can maintain a focus to engage and listen to the people you represent you can never go wrong. I believe that no one knows a city better than the people who live there. The residents of Kamloops have a strong and diverse voice. I intend to listen to that voice and work hard to carry their initiatives forward. I am running for council because I am proud to be from Kamloops and I believe my fellow citizens are as well. I believe in our democratic system and I believe in transparency and accountability. As councillors for the City of Kamloops, we have a duty to represent the public to the best of our abilities and to proactively communicate with them about relevant issues and concerns. Serving as a City Councillor is a privilege and it must always be remembered that we serve the public and are ultimately charged with the task of listening to the public and endeavouring to act in their best interest.
Contact Jeanne Marr
Kamloops became home in 2011 when my four daughters and I moved here from Cranbrook, B.C. As a music and arts lover, the city won my heart.
City council should represent the diversity of our community. I will bring a progressive, innovative and creative solution driven voice to council.
I believe city staff and council must embrace the United Nations sustainable development goals as a set, not a menu, they should be the lens to any policy we set forward as a community. SDG should colour and influence every decision we make as a city.
Action on affordable housing is my #1 priority. Students and families struggle to stay in our community as the costs of housing escalates. We don’t need to recreate the wheel, models like Medicine Hat have demonstrated that cities can end homelessness by partnering with all levels of government, private investors, accessing grants and non-tax funding streams.
I feel our city staff and council should be developing a comprehensive well thought out cannabis and hemp plan so we “hit the ground running” in Kamloops and are ready to capitalize on this exploding industry providing legal access to cannabis to create economic diversification and good paying sustainable jobs.
Contact Jennifer Adams
I believe that council should be collaborative on issues that matter, and doing so with a positive approach. Increasing convenience for our city is my goal, whether it be living, working, or playing.
Contact Jessie Bochek
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Contact Jim Johal
Jim has been working with clients in a variety of industries and countries, predominantly with government, post-secondary institutions and crown corporations, and Aboriginal institutions including Alberta Health Services. Alberta Ministry of the Solicitor General, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Keyano College, Athabasca University, Enbridge Liquid Pipelines, the Kamloops Indian Band, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Internationally Jim has contracted to term assignments with the Government of Saudi Arabia, the Country of Jordan and the largest and most effective non-profit Health organization in West Africa.
Jim’s record encompasses over 25 years of Senior Administrative (Human Resources Labour Relations,Organizational Design, process Engineering and Development) experience in the Canadian and International public sectors along with 13 years of successful consulting practice, culminating in a strategic and diverse portfolio of over 35 clients.
Jim holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University; and is an Adizes Transformation Change Consultant, professional Human Rights Investigator, Human Resources/Labour Relations expert and Organizational Change Consultant. Most recently, he has served as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology Faculty Association, a start-up professional union organization representing 1,700 Faculty Instructors.
Contact Jim Michals
I am a 36 year old father of 3 with a beautiful and supportive wife. It has always been my dream to get into politics and truly represent the greater good for the people. I grew up in Kincardine, Ontario and graduated from Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario with a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology before moving to BC at 22. I then found my dream job in my field of studies as a Distribution Design Representative with BC Hydro in Cranbrook and worked my way up to the role of Kootenay Design Work Leader. Three years ago, I got the opportunity to move to Kamloops as the Acting Thompson-Shuswap Design Manager on a two-year contract. We loved Kamloops so much and I always wanted to be a Leader, so when the opportunity presented itself I got a permanent job here in a similar but different department in BC Hydro as Interior Express Connect Manager. I believe my work experience, which requires a lot of collaboration and leadership skills while representing customers and the ratepayers of BC combined with my unbiased and good intent for the people, makes me a great candidate for Kamloops Council.
Contact Jon Eadie
As comfortable with budgets as she is with community consultation, Kathy Sinclair is first and foremost a problem-solver. Known for her role as executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council, Kathy has also been an active volunteer with Literacy in Kamloops, the SPCA, Kamloops Power Choir and Interior CarShare Cooperative.
Kathy’s interests are broad and include economic development, urban planning, active transportation, affordability, accessibility, and respect for diversity. Her platform, “long-term vision and creative solutions,” focuses on building upon the Tournament Capital brand to grow tourism and the economy; fostering an environment that attracts and retains small business; and sustainability (economic, environmental and social).
Kathy holds a BA in writing and English from UVic and a Master of Publishing from SFU and has worked as a freelance editor. She did co-op during her undergrad, working in government communications and book publishing. Originally from Vancouver Island, Kathy has lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Kelowna, the UK, BC’s Sunshine Coast, Mexico, and Dawson City, Yukon.
Kathy is a member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops and is now mentoring a young writer in Jamaica through the Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Program. She enjoys attending the many cultural events around the city, singing, dancing with the local Chorus Girls troupe, cycling and running.
Contact Kathy Sinclair
I grew up on a homestead 160 km north of Dawson Creek, attended UBC, and met & married the loveliest person in the Comox Valley.
We had 3 children and now have 7 grandchildren, all residents of Kamloops. I worked 41 years for ICBC and as an MLA for Kamloops and the Thompson Valleys. I was elected for 17 years and served in 5 Cabinet appointments: Mining, Revenues, Small Business and Regulatory Reform, Community and Rural Development, Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Social Development. My greatest joy in politics was solving problems for, and delivering benefits to people and their communities, e,g. TRU and TRU Law, the North Thompson Economic Development Society, TNRD HQ & Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Water Centre of Excellence, New Life Mission’s new building, Royal Inland Hospital upgrades, Thrupp Manor and many other Seniors’ Housing Facilities. I want to help City Council deliver Opportunities, Safety, Security, and enjoyment to citizens of every age group. I hope to facilitate an end to bickering over petty issues like chickens, wine in grocery stores, and the like. I will drive for excellence and efficiency in Public Service, and minimal tax increases.
Contact Kevin Krueger
A well regarded economist, Leslie Lax, has worked extensively with communities across British Columbia. As a small business owner, Leslie has developed and implemented effective economic development strategies and has been instrumental in preparing communities for change and effective strategic planning. He understands what steps are required to achieve real and meaningful economic health in a community. Leslie has a well rounded educational background with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a Master’s degree in economics.
Leslie is an active and engaged community member who has demonstrated community leadership abilities. He is known as being a respectful and dedicated individual who has genuine concern for the social and economic wellbeing of the community. Leslie has invested volunteer time and his expertise to numerous community and economic development organizations including Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser Fort-George; 16-97 Economic Alliance; Nechako-Kitimat Development Fund Society; Prince George Symphony Orchestra; and The Innovation Resource Centre.
Leslie and his wife Jean thoroughly enjoy making Kamloops their home. They have two grown sons. In his free time, Leslie enjoys playing soccer and squash in organized adult leagues and spending time hiking and canoeing in the area.
Contact Leslie Lax
Nancy Bepple was first elected to Kamloops city council in 2008 and then in 2011. Her areas of concern over both councils included advocating for services for seniors and people with disabilities, expansion of industrial lands, expanding transit services, supporting a range of housing options, and providing mental health services in conjunction with the RCMP.
“I want to work collaboratively with community groups and fellow council members to continue to strengthen Kamloops.” says Bepple.
Going forward, Bepple concerns also include the need for:
- Accessibility: make sidewalks and public buildings more accessible to people using wheelchairs & mobility devices & others who require assistance.
- Pedestrian/cyclist safety: improve roadways & crossings especially in downtown & along the Tranquille corridor to decrease number of vehicle/people & vehicle/bike accidents.
- Job growth: assist companies to move to and grow in Kamloops by working with work with development community, provincial and federal governments to build more light industrial lands.
- Healthcare: work with the TNRD, and the provincial government to address the doctors’ shortage in Kamloops through projects such as community clinics.
Bepple grew up in Kamloops, and has worked at Thompson Rivers University for 17 years, helping students find career related work in Kamloops and across Canada.
Contact Nancy Bepple
I have lived in Kamloops for 24 years, in a variety of the communities that make up Kamloops, and have enjoyed the wide mix of people that make up our city. I have founded and run businesses and non-profits in Kamloops and worked with many great people.
Growing up here I was instilled with a love of community service. I was able to see what our community gains from the hard working men and women who volunteer their time to help us all flourish. As an adult, I have continued to enjoy helping our community. I am extremely proud to have been involved in the establishment of Kamloops Makerspace and involvement in many other community groups and events.
I have been fortunate to experience the benefits that TRU offers to our community at large. Including camps and events as a child and volunteer and work opportunities as an adult. TRU is a great asset to our community.
I have decided to run for city council because I would like to give back to the community. Kamloops has offered me great opportunities and I would like to see our city continue to thrive.
Contact Nicholas Adams
My Name is Ray Dhaliwal. I am a Council Candidate For The City of Kamloops By Election 2017. I have Deep Roots in this Community Of Kamloops, My Family settled in the Kamloops Valley in 1914.
I Was Born In October of 1956 In Brocklehurst and Still reside In the North Shore Community To This Day.I Went to School on the North Shore from Grade 1 to 12, Following Grade school Attended Caribou Collage in 1976 which is Now home to TRU. I then went on to Work in the Family Business as a Mechanic. Following that I Started My Business Ray’s Lock And Key Service in 1982 and after 35 years the Business has become the Best in the Industry and Still Thrives to this Day.I Bought My First Home at the Age of 21 and still reside in that house to this Day Along with My Wife of 39 Years.
We Raised 3 Of Our Nephews and Niece, Age 6, 8 and 9 for 15 Years.I Have Been Involved with The Kamloops Multi Cultural Society for over 40 years and am now the Current President for the Past 5 years, We Host the Canada Day Event at Riverside Park for 43 Years which is Kamloops Largest 1 Day Event.I Have Been a Past Member of the North Kamloops Rotary Club and Currently sit on the Board of the Brock Seniors Centre.
Contact Ray Dhaliwal
I moved to Kamloops over 16 years ago from rural northern BC to attend university and create new opportunities for my family. I’ve completed a Bachelor’s degree in both environmental biology and journalism and a master’s in environmental science and have worked for both industry and non-profits.
My vision for Kamloops is a city where affordable housing for all citizens is addressed, while the needs of economic and community growth are met. I know what it is like to graduate and not be able to find a job – or an affordable place to live. We can change that by promoting our beautiful city and the amazing quality of life Kamloops has to offer to potential employers and by supporting our existing businesses. We can take our traditional economic base and add to it with new opportunities. This is already happening with some of the new partnerships with industry, the tech sector and TRU.
My vision includes looking at options for developer incentives, subsidized transit passes and forward-thinking decision-making. I’d like to focus on proactive solutions that look at the big picture and are less reactive. It’s time to decide what kind of city we want to be—I think we have the chance to create a city of opportunity.
Contact Sadie Hunter
I love Kamloops and BC! I have been married to my best friend, Kathleen (School Trustee in SD 73) for over 20 years. We are proud parents of three great kids. I started Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic from scratch in 2003 and I am a charter member of Aurora Rotary club. I graduate KamHigh ‘87. I graduated UCC (B.Sc. UBC) ’94. In my Master’s studies at SFU ‘95-’98, I focused on Forestry, planning and dispute resolution. In 1999, I headed to Toronto where I graduated with my Doctor of Chiropractic ‘03. I am a past VP of the Cariboo Student Society (started the Independence Centre). In 2017, my idea of bringing the RCMP Musical Ride to Kamloops was achieved with the Rotary and community group effort. I believe in accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility. I hope to see more of this when elected. I believe some of my strengths are my ability to work well with others, seeing the big picture and having an open mind. I think Kamloops has so many assets in our people and resources. I know we can achieve a healthy, active and prosperous community that will make Kamloops a desired place to live, work and play for many generations to come. I welcome your vote and thank you for your consideration.
Contact Stephen Karpuk
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