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On the path …

Looks like some progress on the path to restore the voice of our communities in their service levels and costs. A meeting has been set in May with Minister Fassbender of the Provincial Ministry for Community, Sport & Culture and his staff with Director Hanson and myself. This is the Provincial Government Ministry that regional...

Regionalization of the E.A. Fire Services

The Electoral Area taxpayers residing in Central Okanagan East & West provide all the funding for the four community fire services; Joe Rich, North Westside, Ellison and Wilson's Landing. These "community" fire services have provided a combined emergency service to their respective communities for over 160 years. During this time there have been no major issues or...

Director Update – 2016 Budget

The upcoming 2016 Budget brings no good news to the Rural Electoral Area ratepayers as taxes & water rates (Public Systems: Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Valley of the Sun/Upper Fintry and Star Place) increased significantly in Central Okanagan West. Electoral Area Planning a budgetary function in to the two EA's (land use, zoning, building etc.) is the major factor...

Director Update – 2015 Budget

It's been awhile since the last update. I have been experiencing a steep learning curve as to how Local Government works, or not. The primary task at hand is to restore a voice for the communities in the Electoral Areas (in my case E.A. West) in regards to the delivery of services...

Director Up-Date

With a couple of Board meetings under my belt I'm finding my new job real interesting and keeping me busy. I will be attending a training session for newly elected officials for a few days next week. This should provide me with a wealth of information and ideas for the issues we face...

Happy New Year 2015

I would like to wish all the residents of Central Okanagan West the best in this new year! I hope it will prove to be an interesting and productive one. The Regional District Offices will be open for business this coming Monday. The Regional Board will be holding the first meeting of 2015 the following week...

Santa in the North Westside

Santa was in the Killiney Beach area getting his list together. Small but dedicated group of children and parents. Hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas.

http://youtu.be/xDAHHzWrjGM

A big Thank You goes to the North Westside Communities Association. Another...

North Westside Community Advisory Committee

I met tonight with some residents  of the North Westside community at a meeting sponsored by the North Westside Communities Association. Not a bad turnout for the first meeting. We discussed issues relevant to the community as well as the services and amenities in the area and on the "wish list". I explained...

Electoral Area Director Breifing

This was an informational meeting for the Area Directors for the East and West Electoral Areas. The purpose was to bring both the Directors from these two areas together with the C.A.O. and Department Heads that provide the services to these areas. It was a very informative meeting and I am looking...

Area Advisory Committees for Central Okanagan West

It was my stated position during the election that I would be looking for community input through the use of advisory committees to manage the local services. At inception these committees should be broad based with the goal of representing the local areas input to the issues at hand. As time passes we can develop more...

Inauguration Day

The Regional Board will meet tonight for the inaugural meeting followed by the first Regular Board meeting of the newly elected Regional Board. The public is welcome to attend. I am leaving for town now as I don't want to be late for my first meeting! I will post more information as it...

Good Governance

I attended a training seminar in West Kelowna on Wednesday sponsored by the Regional District and hosted by West Kelowna. This meeting was attended by newly elected and returning  Mayors, order Municipal Councilors and Regional Directors. I met staff and elected officials from the West Kelowna area and as far...

911 Calls from the North Westside Area

Yesterday I found myself in the position of calling 911 for a fire response with in the North Westside for a structure fire. In the past as fire chief I made several calls to the 911 center over the years and found our addresses and phone numbers add a layer of confusion to...

4th All Candidates Forum in West Kelowna Tonight

This is a late opportunity for the regional district residents from the south end and IR 9 & 10 in West Kelowna to meet the candidates running for Central Okanagan West. This forum will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel at 3460 Carrington Road at 7:00 P.M. I only got confirmation this...

Vote Today – Nov 12

Today is another Advanced Voting Day. There are no restrictions on your voting today if it is more convenient to you, adiposity just vote! Today the polls are open at Killiney Beach in the Library Annex and at Westbank First Nation Government Offices by the Traffic Circle at the south...

Trepanier Bench Community

A BIG THANK-YOU TO ALL VETERANS FOR YOUR SERVICE

Spent the day in Trepanier speaking with the residents on issues of concern to their community. Fire protection, pill gun range and truck traffic on the local roads were the main theme...

Westshore Estates

Once again I walked the streets and driveways of Westshores. Now I am running into people that have already voted for me at the 1st Advanced Poll. Thanks for your support. Those of you that have not voted yet your next opportunity would be this Wednesday Nov 12 and again on Nov 15. Polling...

Traders Cove / Estamont

Another beautiful day in Central Okanagan West. I decided to finish both these areas today as both were rain delayed from earlier in my door to door campaigning. Traders Cove residents brought up two issues one new and one familiar. The more familiar one was in respect to the increased gravel truck traffic and...

Westshore Estates

Was in the Crown Cresent, drugs Northern View, click Pinecrest and Columbia Way areas talking with residents. Thank you to those that have already cast their vote. Next opertunity to vote will be this Wednesday the 12th....

1st Advance Polling Date … Today

This is your first opportunity to cast your ballot in this election for the Central Okanagan West Regional Directors position. The polls at both Killiney Beach in the North Westside and Westbank First Nation Building by the traffic circle at the end of Westside Road where it meets Highway 97S are open...

Killiney Beach

Beautiful day in Killiney Beach. Covered the Houghton Road, Kiethley Road, Moody Crescent then down and around Homer Crescent. This route is just a small part of my wife's' daily walking route through the community!...

NWCA Kids Halloween Costume Party

Another year another Halloween Costume Party at the Killiney Beach Community Hall. As my wife Michelle has been the Events Chair coordinator for the last four years I have duties that apparently take priority over my campaigning. (I still managed to knock on a few doors and speak to many of you today)...

Damage to Signs

I noticed there has been some damage to elections signs through last night. My sign by Traders Cove was apparently run over by a vehicle even though it was in the back of the road allowance. My opponents sign in Killiney Beach was also vandalized, definitely not an accident. Although not unexpected through Halloween it is disappointing to...