ABOUT BRAD SIEBEN

Born and raised in Kelowna, Brad Sieben brings forth a perspective that is diverse and well-rounded. A graduate of the University of Victoria, Brad has taught high school in School District #23, worked for two multi-national corporations, assumed key leadership roles in a private, family-run business in which he was a part-owner (Hotel Eldorado, 2003-2014). He is currently a Partner in BNA Brewing Co. and an Executive with a private, National insurance brokerage.

FAMILY TIES

Brad has been married to the love of his life Karlee Sieben (Nixon) for the past 18 years and are the proud parents of three incredible children: Kennedy – 13, Coulter – 9 and Kellyn – 5. The Sieben Family’s Roots run deep in Kelowna. Brad’s Grandparents Alexander (Alec) Sieben, Lydia (Ackerman) relocated to Kelowna (Rutland) in 1931, and were well known in their community, with Lydia working many years in Kelowna’s early packinghouses and Alec as an auctioneer. Alec and Lydia enjoyed raising their four children in Kelowna: Isabella, Peter, Ken and Gerry.
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Brad’s Grandfather, Alec Sieben, ad in the Kelowna Capital News – December 4, 1940
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Brad’s Aunt Isabella Lind and Uncle Jim Lind established Jim Lind Logging, operating the business on the Westside along with their sons Bob and Bruce Lind. Peter and Marlene Sieben owned and operated Sieben Roofing for many years in Kelowna. Brad’s Father, Ken Sieben, worked in his brother’s business as a highly skilled roofer responsible for putting the roofs on hundreds of Kelowna homes in the 1970’s. In 1980, Ken took employment as a custodian with School District #23 and worked there until his unexpected passing in 1997. Brad’s Mother, Shirley, was a longtime employee of Sears Canada, working in their catalogue department. Brad’s two older brothers, Mark and Scott Sieben, were also born and raised in Kelowna.Mark currently resides in Victoria, BC and is the Deputy Solicitor General of British Columbia. Scott is currently the Principal of Ellison Elementary School.

Brad’s in-laws, Jim & Diana Nixon, have been active in the Kelowna business community since 1979, building, owning and operating various landmark businesses. Brad gained valuable experience working at many of these businesses: McCulloch Station, Baxters and the Hotel Eldorado before joining the ‘El’ full time in 2004. Brad is currently a Partner/Founder of BNA Brewing Co., a business led by his brother/sister-in-law, Kyle and Carolyn Nixon.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

Brad grew up participating in the following organizations: Rutland Youth Soccer, Kelowna Minor Baseball, Youth Bowling Council, Kelowna Minor Hockey, COYSA Select Soccer, and High School Basketball and Volleyball teams. Brad pursued soccer competitively and played for the Okanagan Challenge Soccer Club, Okanagan University College Varsity Men’s Soccer Team and the University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Men’s Soccer Team. Upon graduation from University, Brad participated in various Kelowna Men’s Hockey Leagues and the Kelowna Men’s Soccer League. He’s also an avid cyclist, golfer and amateur gardener.

Brad is well known for his involvement in the community as a coach. Brad has coached many high school basketball, volleyball and youth soccer teams. Currently, Brad is coaching with the Okanagan Mission Youth Soccer Club and believes that community involvement is critical in the development of youth.

These activities provide children with the opportunity to interact with others from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. This shapes our youth and helps build an inclusive society. This is where kids build self-confidence and learn life skills like leadership, teamwork, trust and work ethic. I believe it is the role of a city to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure in place to ensure all children and citizens, in general, have access to these pursuits.”

Brad and Karlee’s children are actively involved in their community, participating in dance, soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and music. The Sieben’s enjoy spending weekends at Big White skiing/snowboarding as a family.