Warm greetings colleagues!
I'd like to acknowledge that I am writing to you today from the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc peoples.
I am excited to put my name forward as a candidate for one of the BC director positions on the FCM board,
I had the honour of serving on the board in 2018-19 as the President of UBCM and was an observer as UBCM First Vice-President from 2017-18.
I am serving my fourth term on Kamloops City Council and am in my second full term as a director of the Thompson Nicola Regional District. I served on the UBCM board for seven years, including a year as President.
It's been an incredible privilege for me to work with so many of you over the years. I feel like I have a very strong understanding our current provincial opportunities and issues. I have a passion for local government and community building. I always try to approach my work in a respectful, collaborative, solutions oriented ways.
I have made my fair share of mistakes in my public service and my goal is to try to learn from my mistakes so I don't keep making the same mistakes again. I believe that failure is often an essential ingredient to great success. I lost my first re-election to Kamloops Council, for example, and that loss (an my wife's good advice related to this loss) taught me valuable lessons that has helped me build strong trust with my constituents.
I believe that FCM will need to build on its great record of success as we help communities manage through the Covid 19 pandemic. We will need to work hard to ensure infrastructure and recovery funding and capacity to utilize funding. Together, we also need to keep working on indigenous reconciliation, policing, rural broadband, transit, economic development, and climate action. These are just some of the top issues FCM work on for Canadians.
Please feel free to be in Touch if you have any questions or ideas. I try to get back to messages as quick as possible. 1 (250) 320 6532 is my cell number,