I have lived in Clinton and area since 1982 having moved here from the lower mainland.
In May of 2009 I retired from the Liquor Distribution Branch from a management position. For the past 25 years I have also had a sideline business in commercial photography which lead me to become a professional freelance photographer being active in location scouting, virtual tours, tourism, commercial and fine art photography.
With over 80 special interest groups in the area it is impossible to be active in all of them, so one needs to focus on a couple, to make a difference in volunteerism. Currently I am the vice chair of the Clinton Legion.
In 2002 I was elected as Mayor of Clinton and have held the position until now. For the past nine years I have also been a municipal director on the TNRD board. I have also been with the TNRD Film Commission for the past nine years (six years as chair) which is a board elected position. Currently I am the vice chair of the TNRD, which is also a board elected position. I also was elected to the provincial Union of BC Municipalities board as the small community representative and held that position for two years.
Issues that are important to me encompass areas such as encouraging economic development yet maintaining the rural lifestyle we all moved here for. Controlled growth for the regional districts is an important balance to maintain, as more people move here. This influx impacts the services available and that are affordable. Solid waste management seems to be an issue in all communities. Whether it’s the difficulty in shifting more to recycling or the feeling of getting value for tax monies people’s lifestyles are impacted to some degree.