While I call the Columbia Valley home today, I grew up in a family of 6 in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. I studied Business Administration at Bishops University in the Eastern Townships in the province of Quebec, graduating in 1992. I then decided to migrate west for a bit of teaching and ski coaching; and, well, I am still here.
Glenn Findlay (Finn), and I founded “Columbia Rafting Adventures” in 1994 and soon after, we also established a water sports gear importing company. Incidentally, Finn and I were married in the valley two years later. We have lived in Panorama, Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. We, as well as our black lab puppies Lib and Belle, are so happy to call the Columbia Valley our home.
WHAT KEEPS ME BUSY?
Keeping up with the Columbia Valley’s development news, local concerns and the various agendas of local service providers, I believe, is essential to work as an effective Area Director, exactly what I have been elected to do on behalf of my constituents. Therefore, I continue to attend meetings for local groups, including the Fairmont Business Association, Fairmont Community Association and the Windermere Community Association. However, due to my current political engagement, I will not hold voting status on the Board of these groups.
I attend regular meetings with several utility commissions as well as other local groups, including the East Kootenay Hospital Board. I have a say with respect to the plans for the future multi-use facility for Invermere. On a wider social, economic and environment front, I represent the Valley on the Board of the Columbia Basin Trust which, among other things, provides investment opportunities in the Basin area which includes our Valley. I am also involved in establishing the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds, currently acting as Chair person. The goal of this program is to strategically allocate funds for valley wide initiatives that are identified in the Community Priorities Plan.
I actively participated on the working committee that brought public transit to the Columbia Valley. I now serve on the Columbia Valley Transit Commission, and the Advisory Planning Commission. On the commercial side, I have also been an independent business founder and owner in my community. As such, I founded and was elected President of the non-profit Fairmont Business Association. My current directorial position with the RDEK was a natural step forward for me. I am proud to continue dedicating my efforts to the residents of the Columbia Valley.