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I wish to thank everyone for your encouragement, support, enthusiasm, and ideas. And a special thank you to donors and volunteers for a great team effort. I would also like to congratulate our 2023 - 2026 members of council. I`m confident that the new council is well prepared to make our city the gem of the Okanagan! Lastly, a special thank you to Doug Findlater for his time as Mayor and Councillor that helped make West Kelowna a great place to live.


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After becoming a quadriplegic while playing rugby, my appreciation for our society and institutions installed a deep desire to want to give back:

  • I am a proud supporter of our volunteers who are such an integral part of the fabric of our community. Volunteerism is such an important part of making our city such a great place to live, work, and play!

From a wheelchair I accomplished the following record of community service:

  • Ensign Cup Benefit Rugby Game 1983-2022. Originally for my rehabilitation the annual event has raised thousands for numerous causes over the years including the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour in 1986-1987. Spinal cord research. Youth Rugby to prevent injuries.
  • Kinsmen Club of Westbank 1987-1996. One year President, two years Treasurer, Kinsmen mothers march. We built Kinsmen Park with 2 ball and 2 soccer fields.
  • People In Motion 1987-1993. Founding director, President three years facilitated construction of McGivney Manor (independent living for five severally disabled). Wheelchair accessible van for members use.
  • Shannon Lake Neighbourhood Association 1999-2005. Founding director, President six years. We rebuilt Shannon Lake tennis courts. Addressed several community issues. 
  • Lakeview Irrigation District Elected Trustee four times 2000-2010 (Dissolution). Managed clean water with no boil water advisories. 
  • Mt Boucherie Expansion Society 2002-2011. Founding director, President ten years. Successfully won referendum, lobbied and participated in design of 1500 seat Royal Lepage Place. Attracted Westside Warriors. Fundraised $1.4 million and secured $2 million grant.
  • BCHL Booster Club 2006; Attracted Junior A BCHL West Kelowna Warriors. Canadian Champion 2016.
  • Westbank & District Chamber Of Commerce Director 2002-2008 and 2012-2013. Presidents Award 2004 One year President, Two years Treasurer.
  • Westside Governance Restructure Study Committee - elected member 2003-2007 Three years treasurer.
  • First United Church Stewardship Committee 2005-2006
  • Westside Incorporation Team 2007, Fundraising Chairman. Residents voted to Incorporation.
  • Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission 2008-2009
  • City of West Kelowna Board of Variance 2011-2014.
  • Urban Development-West Kelowna Liaison Committee2012-2014.
  • Westside Ringette Association 2012-2016 Director Fundraising and Promotions 2012-2016.
  • Westside Minor Fastball Association founding director 2015-17
  • School District 23 Safe Schools Committee 2014 - 2018.
  • City of West Kelowna Councillor 2014-2018
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