Ashcroft by-election candidate profiles

The three candidates for Ashcroft council answer questions from the Journal.

  • Jul. 31, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Candidate questions

1. How long have you lived here?

2. What is your occupation?

3. Have you done any volunteer work here? Which group(s)?

4. Have you served before on a Town Council or School Board? When and for how long?

5. What makes you the best candidate?

6. Which issues are most important to you?

7. How would you address these issues?

8. Additional comments.

Jessica Clement

1. I’ve been in Ashcroft for almost five years.

2. I’m a stay-at-home Mom for my daughter Alice.

3. I’m currently the President for the Ashcroft Fall Fair, serving my third year. This year will be the fifth Fair that I’ve been involved with.

I was President of the Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society for three years. I am also part of the branding committee, and helped to organize the 1st Annual Wellness Festival.

4. No I have not.

5. I believe the Village of Ashcroft needs a young voice on Council. I feel I can be that voice, offering a different perspective on issues.

Ashcroft is my home; it’s where my husband and I plan to raise our daughter. I want to be part of making it somewhere I’m still proud to call home in twenty years.

6. Water conservation.

Recycling.

Community involvement.

We need to showcase what Ashcroft has to offer to the world. The number of events that are put on every year is amazing; they make Ashcroft what it is.

7. Public education on water conservation is the first step. I believe that the Village itself needs to be a role model on best practises.

We are on the right track for recycling, but we can always do more. Door to door pick-up is a next step that can be looked into. Anything Council can do to make it easier for people to recycle is a good thing.

Continued support from council for the events. I want to be a role model for my generation and encourage them to take part in the planning process of these events. We need to step up and stay involved for these traditions to continue.

8. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be a voice for the next generation. I’ve chosen to make Ashcroft my home, and I want to take care of it and make it the best village it can be.

Ashcroft is a great place to live and I want to keep it that way. There is an Official Community Plan already in place, and as a Council and a community, we need to ensure that we filter all of our decisions through that plan.

Doreen Lambert

1. In the Ashcroft area, on and off, for over 40 years.

2. Retail sales clerk at the Jade Shoppe in Cache Creek.

3. I am currently involved in two organizations: volunteering at the TV Society as a director, and President of the Second Time Around.

4. No, I have not.

5. I have the time and energy to represent Ashcroft, and will be accountable, transparent, and approachable.

6. The feedback brought to my attention by residents, such as the economy, which the Inland Port will improve by making more employment; the ongoing saga of the train whistles, which needs to be followed up on, as the public have not been updated since their last meeting with Council; and the increasing tax levels.

The people I have talked with would like to see more cooperation between Ashcroft and Cache Creek, such as the sharing of purchases of costly equipment (for example, the garbage truck).

Providing the best services for tax revenue paid is a key to good governing.

7. I would like to see more investigation into all of these issues. The people of Ashcroft have a right to know what is going on. More sharing with Cache Creek to keep finances and, hopefully, our taxes down.

8. Not answered

Alf Trill

1. I’ve loved living in Ashcroft for 26 years.

2. I am a carpenter, working for School District 74 throughout the District.

3. I have been a Deacon at Sage Hills Evangelical Free Church for many years. I’m a Desert Tri Club Member, promoting local activity to increase our health.

4. I served with Mayor Anderson and Councillors Matthews, Kormendy, and Tegart from 2005-2008.

5. I’d say I’m a great Candidate, or I wouldn’t run. I will work hard for jobs, education, and community. I’ll work to keep all businesses welcome in town.

6. Ashcroft Terminal needs continued support from all of Council.

Health Services and supporting our local Health Site.

Making our community welcoming to all using Parks, Recreation, and Facilities.

Council needs to hold up our community every chance it gets, to businesses, tourists, and other government levels. Providing the best services for tax revenue paid is a key to good governing.

7. Lobby provincial government members for support of the Ashcroft Terminal.

Seek grants for matched funding of needed infrastructure work.

8. The keys I will champion for Village of Ashcroft Council will be:

Community

Health Services

Business

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