Elections are about deciding our priorities for the future. We have set up video interviews with each of the candidates running in the 2018 municipal election. We have asked them questions about their backgrounds, their priorities, and other specific issues to help you decide who you believe should represent you as Mayor and on City Council.
Click on any of the videos below to get to know your local candidates. You can also find links to contact each candidate and a short bio on who they are.
Candidates for Mayor
A Kamloops resident for over 40 years, Ken has served his community as an elected representative continuously since 1993, 18 years as a School Trustee on the Kamloops Thompson Board of Education, including 8 years as Chairman. Ken was first elected to Kamloops City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014. In 2017 he was elected in a by-election to serve as Kamloop’s 40th Mayor.
Throughout the years Ken has coached and refereed basketball and volunteered in numerous positions. In his spare time Ken enjoys golf, sports and the Shuswap. Ken and his wife Brenda live in Juniper Ridge and have three adult children Nic, Jon and Taryn.
– William James Turnbull: Investor / Philanthropist / Humanitarian
– Creator of Turnbull Humanitarian Foundation & KNA Nexus Group: Meaning & Purpose: Gather Allies – Determine a Course of Action – Implement the Process – For the betterment of all.
– Tradesman Experience: Construction, Electrical, Plumbing & Gas Fitting
– Northwest Community College, Vancouver Island University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
– Boards, Committees & Memberships: Community Action Team, Changing the Face of Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, Kaleidoscope Support Association, Western Canada Renewable Energy Association, VP Strata Council, VP Morning Sun Toastmasters, President Kamloops Downtown Neighbourhood Association, Facilitator Kamloops Neighbourhood Association
– From Williams Lake, BC (20 years). Live in Kamloops (11 years).
Candidates for City Council
I was born in Cranbrook BC, moving to Kamloops in 2011. I fell in love with the generous and compassionate people of Kamloops, our beautiful rivers, and our music and art scene. I attend Music In The Park faithfully, have a dog named Blue and rent a beautiful heritage home downtown.
I recently worked for AXIS Family Resources in residential care for ministry youth. Over my life time I have owned and operated a number of companies. I have experience as a real estate investor and landlord and had a fledgling development company. I also ran and operated a successful soap manufacturer company, and an insurance restoration company. I have a deep interest in law, civil rights, social justice and protecting the environment.
I currently serve the residents of Kamloops on the City’s Social Planning Council, the Downtown Neighbourhood Association (DNA). I serve the KTC NDP membership as secretary and sat on the executive of the BC NDP when in opposition.
Growing up here I was instilled with a love of community service. I was able to see what our community gains from the hard-working people who volunteer their time to help us all flourish. As an adult, I have continued to enjoy helping our community. I am extremely proud to have been involved in the establishment of Kamloops Makerspace and involvement in many other community groups and events.
The groups and clubs available to the youth of our community helped to shape me into the person I am today. The Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program taught me leadership, self-reliance and effective speaking. The Westsyde Drag Racing Club taught me sportsmanship and mechanical skills that serve me every day. Programs like these forged relationships that continue to this day.
I am running for city council because I would like to give back to the community. Kamloops has offered me great opportunities and I would like to see our city continue to thrive.
Dale’s first community involvement was head of SD73’s parent advisory council.
Through the years, she has been in boards if Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association, Kamloops Society for Community Living (now Inclusion Kamloops), Volunteer Kamloops, Kamloops Family Resource Society and currently the Kamloops Child Development Centre.
She was an award-winning journalist with Kamloops This Week for 18 years, taking an early retirement this month. There, she reported and opined on many topics from education to social issues to her viewpoints on City Hall.
She has always believed if one criticizes, one should also be part of the solution and now, no longer being that watcher as a reporter, she wants to be just that.
I am a father, a workshop facilitator, educator, artist, community leader, traditional knowledge carrier, filmmaker, mentor and much more. I have spent most of my life in the city of Kamloops and I have seen and been through a lot here in town. Working throughout the city in various organizations and the school district has helped me give back to the community in sharing knowledge and experience as well as creating opportunities not just for youth, but everyone I possibly can in this place we call home. My goals is to continue with this journey in city council and represent those that feel haven’t been heard or seen in a long time and are hungry for a change. It is time for more inclusion.
I attended TRU from 2009-2011, taking the U-Prep program and then the Respiratory Therapy program. I, however, got the entrepreneurial bug and decided to open my own business in 2013. From 2013-2016 we owned a tanning salon and spa. Now I work from home running our own company in oil and gas and taking on city council.
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My background is primarily in industry as crew and supervisor. I believe the working families in Kamloops have been underrepresented. Getting up, grabbing the lunch box and getting the job done is a hallmark of the people here. City hall must show the same respect toward the hard earned tax revenue it collects.
People want to feel safe in the streets and parks, this is why I along with Caroline launched the needle buy back, the 2 of us removed over 10,000 used needles from the city. This shows the power of small groups to improve our city in measurable ways. This is why councillors should and must be willing to attend community associations though out the city, supporting grass roots initiatives will be a corner stone of my policies.
I am asking for your support to help make Kamloops the place to live, invest and raise a family in that we all know it can be.
The one constant in all of my varied experiences was (and is) the power of community. People coming together to build community and communities coming together to build people.
With my academic skills and life experience I’ll to bring a unique and reasoned perspective to council. It’s my way of helping the community that came together to help build my dreams.
I want to build a safe and open community for all generations, one with increased access to employment, mobility and community enjoyment, a business-friendly city, one with equitable taxation policies, and a city where all citizens have access to safe and affordable homes–across the entire spectrum of need.
It’s time to decide what kind of community we want Kamloops to be—I see an inspired, inclusive and innovative community full of opportunity.
I was born and raised in Kamloops, in a low-income household, by a single mother who had to work 2 minimum wage jobs to get by. When it was time to go to University, I worked and studied hard, and took out student loans to complete my education. I attended TRU when it was known as UCC, and then completed my accounting program at BCIT in Burnaby, BC. That’s why I strongly believe that every person, regardless of where they come from, deserves an opportunity to thrive.
I’m a small business owner, and at one time, I was the youngest Licensed Residential Builder in Kamloops. I’m also the former Regional Manager of 11 retail stores. I’ve managed a staff of over 150. Our current council has been very weak on the economic front. That’s why the next council needs a proven business leader like me. With my accounting, small business, and construction experience, I’d bring a unique set of skills to council – skills that would help with creating more high-paying jobs and careers here.
My wife and I are raising our 3 year old son here. We want to raise him in a city that’s safe, healthy, and thriving. I want to give back to the community that gave me so much.
My educational background includes graduating from Kam High in 1987, then UCC (B.Sc. UBC, ’94), followed by my Masters studies at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU (‘95-‘98). My work experience has included forest ecology, planning and dispute resolution. In 1999, I graduated with my Doctor of Chiropractic in 2003.
I believe in accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility. I believe my strengths are my ability to work well with others, seeing the big picture and having an open mind. I think Kamloops has so many assets in our people and resources. I know we can achieve a healthy, active and prosperous community that will make Kamloops a desired place to live, work and play for many generations to come.
I welcome your vote and thank you for your consideration.
I have owned homes and lived in many different neighborhoods over the years and one thing has always stayed constant, Kamloops is my home.
My work experience includes managing my past rental properties, office administration and in health care as an RCA working in palliative care and with persons with disabilities. I have been an active community volunteer for nearly two decades working closely with our cities most vulnerable, something I am very passionate about.
I have always been interested in politics and became more involved several years ago working on local issues that I felt lacked a representation at the civic level.
I am the proud owner of Caffe Motivo and have called Kamloops home for over 30 years. I have lived in many neighbourhoods throughout the city. I spent most of my teenage years in low income and government subsidized housing and have a true understanding of the importance of keeping Kamloops affordable. We must keep Kamloops affordable for the people that call Kamloops home.
For the past 10 years, in both my role as the New Business Attraction Manager at Venture Kamloops, and through my own businesses, I have worked on job creation in Kamloops. During the past decade I have sat on multiple volunteer boards and organizations including the following:
Kamloops Downtown Business Improvement Association – President
Kamloops MS Society – President
BC/Yukon MS Society – Government Relations Committee Chair
Kamloops Fusion Rotaract – President
Kamloops Exploration Group – Board Member
My experience in business and leading multiple non-profit organizations throughout the city and province has given me the tools needed to help lead Kamloops. I have been able to bridge the gap between the left and right, the north and south, and the East and West.
My platform revolves around promoting fiscal responsibility and transparency at City Hall. I believe that we need to be accountable to our citizens in ensuring safe infrastructure exists throughout the city year round. This includes roads free from pot holes, sidewalks in all neighbourhoods and adequate snow plow budgets in the winter to ensure the safety and mobility for all citizens.
I have served three years on the Kamloops Social-Planning Council, been a member on PAC committees, coached youth soccer teams and have been a member on executive committees for Norbrock Soccer and Kamloops Sikh Cultural Society during my time in Kamloops which have all helped prepare me for this role. Additionally, I have an extensive volunteering history I am equally proud of.
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– Acting Mayor, June – October, 2017
– President, Union of BC Municipalities
– President, Local Government Leadership Academy
– served / serve on a wide variety of city committees.
– Helped start Junior City Council and Sustainability Advisory Committee
– MA, Professional Communication. Graduate Certificate, Dialogue, Deliberation
– always open to robust social media, email based, and/or face to face (best) conversations. Especially among people with different views who like and respect each other.
– enjoys milk chocolate, has run 10 half marathons, and loves all sorts of music.
Denis has served as a director on the boards of the original North Shore Business Association, the Kamloops Film Society, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, and Kamloops Society for Community Living.
Denis is currently serving on his second term on Kamloops City Council. He has served on a wide variety of Council committees during his two terms and was recently elected to serve on the TNRD Board of Directors. He currently sits on the Arts Commission, Tourism Kamloops Board, and is the Council representative on the Biosolids Management Stakeholders Committee and Downtown Planning Advisory Committee.
His main areas of concern are economic stability, quality of life, improving community input and environmental stewardship. Denis believes benefit comes from working together with people of all points of view.
Denis is currently serving on his second term on Kamloops City Council. He strongly believes in meaningful timely engagement, responsible spending and quality city services. He welcomes your questions, ideas, or feedback on any community issue or initiatives.
Practicing Real Estate lawyer since 1995.
22 year Director and past president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and Region
23 year member and past president of the Rotary Club of Kamloops
First elected to School Board in 2002 and was re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014
First Kamloops Trustee elected to British Columbia Public School Employers Association board of directors
Actively campaigned for the No-STV side in the last two referendums on electoral change
Watson brings a history of reasoned decision making to the table.
Watson would like to see a core review of City Operations and Services and investment in the Building and Development departments.
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