Being entrusted by the citizens of Kelowna to serve as their voice in making decisions to move the city forward is both a tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe that all actions and investments that a city council makes must be justified by one ultimate end goal – to improve the quality of life for the citizens you represent now and for the future.”

I believe that a councillor must LEAD in the following way in order to truly represent the interests of the citizens of Kelowna:

 
Listen
Municipal Government is a pure form of democracy where elected representatives have direct interaction with taxpayers/voters and are not bound to follow political party policies or directives . “I believe that my #1 priority is to listen to the electorate and act on their behalf. Full stop.”


Engage
Once you have truly listened (not just heard) to the feedback of voters, I believe it is imperative that a councillor engages the community in dialogue, conducts research and collects data on the issues that have been brought forward.


Analyze
This involves scrutinizing the data you have collected and that has been provided. The objective is to develop a full and comprehensive understanding of the topic that has been brought before you.


Decide
Determine the course of action and move to get results. I believe that a city council should be held accountable for the results they can help deliver. The job of council is to move the needle and work to make Kelowna a better city.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Keep Kelowna Open for Business

  • Continue to streamline processes (not cut corners) to minimize delays for new and expanding businesses to grow
  • Competitive business tax rates
  • Support strategic investments in opportunities such as the Okanagan Rail Trail and Okanagan Centre for Innovation

Public Safety

  • Continue to dedicate resources to the RCMP to ensure that progress can be made in reducing our crime rate
  • Increase “on the street” police presence in areas where the public’s sense of safety and security have been compromised
  • Ensure all emergency services are staffed at required levels

Health, Recreation and Active Community

  • Make strategic investments in infrastructure that promotes fitness, health and community
  • Expand trail systems, bicycle network, multi-use corridors, linear parks
  • Encourage farm to table and buy local programs – “local food is healthy food”

Strong Fiscal Management

  • Value for every tax dollar spent
  • Thorough analysis of the budgetary process, ensuring the allocation of financial resources are prioritized
  • Taxation referenced to the rate of inflation (as a starting point)
  • Investments in infrastructure and services that provide the quality of life citizens demand
  • Investments in infrastructure and services where return on investment (ROI) is compelling and demonstrable
  • Taxation referenced to the rate of inflation
  • Innovative strategies to generate revenue to off-set taxation demand for infrastructure development and renewal

Social Issues

  • Support the construction of safe, clean, short-term housing for the homeless. Execute the strategy prescribed in the “Journey Home” plan
  • Advocate to the Provincial Government for increased operational funding to create/expand addiction treatment and mental health care beds
  • Work with builders to develop reasonable policy that includes density incentives for “low income” and “affordable housing” for families and individuals

SUSTAINABILITY

Recycling

  • Investigation into the expansion of Kelowna’s recycling program to include additional items currently not part of curbside pick-up program. Ease of use will lead to items being diverted from landfill and increased compliance
  • Investigation of curbside compost program available in other cities

Water

  • Work to build redundancy in the water systems to ensure consistent supply for residents
  • Greater communication of water conservation practices and standards
  • Investigate, source and communicate information re: water conservation measures and water reducing devices for households

Transportation

  • Urban densification relies on efficient transit and transportation options
  • Explore new and different ways to communicate greater awareness of transportation options, routes and times. Bring the information “to the people”. The needle will move when cost and convenience swing to favour public transportation
  • Expand and improve bicycle lanes and trail network in the city. Communicate these routes to encourage people commuting to popular areas of work via bicycle
  • Greater communication of car share programs in areas where greater pedestrian lifestyles currently exist