Penticton Chamber All Candidates Forum

Listen to the platforms of City Council and Mayoral Candidates, ask questions and make an informed decision on who is best suited for Penticton.  We thank the following candidates who will be attending our All Candidates Forum sponsored by Association of Interior Realtors and BC Fruit Growers Association.  *missing candidate information will be updated shortly.
Office of Mayor Candidates

Julius Bloomfileld

Julius Bloomfield is a well known Realtor in Penticton who has had a 30 year history in the business which has included owning and managing a real estate office. After selling his office in 2008 Julius has been able to remain as a regular Realtor and still have time to commit to being on the City Council.  Prior to his real estate career Julius was in the hospitality business and owned and operated pubs and restaurants in both the UK and Canada.  Julius is also well known as a competitor in Equestrian Endurance Racing and has competed for Canada at World Equestrian Games events around the world. He is also a past competitor in Ironman Canada and has completed 2 full distance races in the Penticton Ironman.  

Owen Hayward married father of 3 young adults establishing careers in Tourism, Nursing and Trades. Semi-retired Curling Ice Maker preceded by work in Education, Transportation and Trades. Home owner in Penticton for 11 years. Lived in all western Provinces and worked on 4 Continents. My wife and I chose Penticton as our eventual retirement home. I have closely followed local issues for 12 years. The residents, families, volunteers, small businesses and workers of Penticton deserve better local government. 

Corey Hounslow

Corey Hounslow has lived and worked here in Penticton for more than three decades, with five kids and five grandkids he will always call this valley home! When Corey isn’t operating his tattoo shop, you’ll find him restoring classic cars with his son, building things in the workshop, and roller skating with his family at every opportunity. “Tackling the issues at hand won’t be easy, but we need to come together as a community”.

Jason Reynen

Jason Reynen has called Penticton home since childhood, and continues to invest in the city both personally and professionally. He is a devoted father of 3,  operates 2 local businesses and enjoys every chance to work, play and share the bountiful opportunities found in our beautiful community with friends and family.  Jason is a compassionate, hard working man who will go to great lengths to accomplish his goal  of making a positive difference for Penticton!

John Vassiliaki

“I emigrated as a child from Greece in 1956.  He immediately learned to be productive and to persevere.  I am a proud Canadian, a proud citizen of Penticton, and proud of my Greek heritage.  I graduated from Pen-Hi and then from the McKay Technical Institute in Vancouver. As entrepreneurs, my wife, Barb and I ran several businesses throughout the years.  I was elected to City Council for four consecutive terms, and have now completed one term as your Mayor.  The citizens of Penticton are my second family.  I enjoy serving to to the best of my ability and as mayor I will always advocate in our best interest.”  

Amelia Boultbee

Office of the Councillor Candidates

Amelia Boultbee is a fourth generation Pentictonite who has recently returned to Penticton after a legal career in Vancouver. A litigator, Amelia donates significant time to pro bono legal matters, particularly family law. Amelia sits on the Board of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce as well as PACE (Penticton and Area Co-operative Enterprise). Housing, crime and safety and making Penticton a place everyone can enjoy are the cornerstones of Amelia’s platform.

Isaac Gilbert

Isaac Gilbert is a BC Park Ranger, founder of Peach Gravy Theatre Cooperative, and former board of director of Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprise (PACE). He has future plans to open a food cooperative downtown to increase food security and foot traffic in the area.  He also wants to see Okanagan College and the City strengthen their partnership to expand programming to bring in more students, creating a four season economy.

Ryan Graham

Hi, my name is Ryan Graham I had the distinct pleasure of growing up in this community. I went to school from kindergarten to grade 12, class of 2004 under the incredible guidance of the late Bruce Johnson. I have two boy’s Dominick (20) & Jensen (10) and goes to Columbia elementary, my amazing wife Andrea, of 14 years. I am a local business owner, past president of the downtown Penticton Association.

Lindsey Hall

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba | Canadian army officer | Mechanical engineer and designer |Electronic Technician NORAD radician | Independent business owner in Penticton since 2001  |Proven advocate for community issues

Reason for running: I listen to citizens opinions | I bring ideas and pose solutions | I inform people of issues | I make responsible decisions  | I give credit where it is due.  We have many issues challenging Penticton that must be corrected very soon.

Andrew Jakubeit

Andrew Jakubeit has lived in Penticton for 31 years. He owns Penticton’s iconic record store the Grooveyard; which has been in business for 32 years. Andrew owns a video production company Groove-V Productions for the past 12 years. Andrew has 10 years of experience on Penticton City council including 4 years as Mayor. This is his 15th year on the board of directors for BC Hockey and 4th year as a director for South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services.

Helena Konanz

Helena Konanz served on Penticton City Council from 2011 to 2018.  She has an undergraduate degree from UCLA and completed her masters at UBC Okanagan in 2018. Early in her career she worked for Nike, and later she and her husband Adam opened Konanz Chiropractic in Penticton.  She ran for Member of Parliament in 2019 and 2021, and has been on the board of both the Penticton Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

Nicholas Kruger

Nicholas Kruger is a proud member of the City of Penticton and the Penticton Band. He has lived in this community his entire life, he owns and operates a local tourist attraction and has been a big part of the tourism industry since 2007.  Nicholas is a family man, a businessman and an advocate for relationship building within the city and surrounding communities. Through passion and caring, he wants to make this a better city.

 

Wayne Llewellyn

Wayne Llewellyn spent 35 years with the City of Calgary in technical and managerial positions leading projects for initiatives including freeways, light rail transit, public housing and other infrastructure. He plans to use his experience implementing strategic projects, process development and quality management programs to address community priorities such as addressing crime and promoting community safety, responsible budgets and finance and stewardship of community plans and programs.  I believe community engagement is key to good decision-making.

James Miller

James Miller is managing editor of The Penticton Herald (paid daily) and frequent contributor to The Kelowna Daily Courier. He was elected to city council in June 2021 in a byelection. His previous community involvement includes organizing and hosting all-candidate forums, announcing/emceeing community events, serving on the Pen-Hi 100th anniversary committee, the Be An Angel food drive, Royal Canadian Legion and being an outspoken voice for restoring funding to Pathways Addictions Centre.

Katie O’Kell

Katie O’Kell has lived and worked in Penticton for 11 years. Her background is in virology and winemaking.  Katie’s strategy utilizes 3 avenues for change – affordable housing for the working poor, increased funding for police and fire, and tackling homelessness through creative programs with a proven track record.  Katie will use her practical wisdom on Council. Penticton’s problems are not unique, and we are best served by adapting best practices and case studies from other cities.

Frank Regehr

My career has included working as a professional accountant in public pracice,  two municipal governments and three school districts. For 22 years I worked as the senior financial manager for Okanagan Skaha School District. In 2018 I was elected to my first term as Penticton City Councillor. During this term my focus has included improving fairness on a number of financial issues including taxation, appropriate Development Cost Charges and elimination of the City’s Economic Investment Zone Program.

Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson is an experienced business woman having spent over 14 years on Pentictons City Council.  She has lived in Penticton since 1985.  Penticton City Councillor 1990-1999, 2013-2014, 2018-2022 | RDOS Director 1993-1999, 2014, 2021 – 2022 | Director & Vice-Chairperson of the Union Board of Health & OSRHD 1993-1999 |President of Peach Festival Society 1989-1990 | Founding member of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Founding member of the Fest of Ale & Spring Wine Festival |Owned and operated a First Aid Services Company in Northern BC’s oil patch in the 1970 & 80’s.  Financial Planner with Investors Group here in Penticton for many years.  Financial and Management background, representing citizens with integrity, dedication & commitment.

Davinder Sandhu

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and happy to announce that I am running for the position of City Councillor (Penticton).  In 2016 me and my family decided to call Penticton home. I have worked as front line worker for first four years and from last three years working as a community support worker. Since working closely with & for community I got a chance to see the numerous issues currently our city is facing and my priorities will be more senior housing, community safety, support local businesses. Overall making our beautiful Penticton more safe, resilient, happy, fun place to live and raise families. I am looking forward for your support and vote to make it happen. Thank you.

Larry Schwartzenberger

“I have lived in the Okanagan for 32 years, both in Oliver and Penticton.  My wife Claire and I have 3 grown children and 7 wonderful grandchildren.  I am honoured to have been elected as a Councillor for Oliver Town Council since 2013.  I am an Honorary Life member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Okanagan Correctional Centre.”

Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart is a mother, grandmother and proud Penticton resident since 1993. She is running for a city council position to ensure a strong, healthy community for all to call home for years to come.  Shannon has worked as a social worker for 30 years with many organizations in the community, providing empathy and support to children, adults and families to facilitate positive changes. She looks forward to increasing her opportunity to extend that support to the entire community.

Campbell Watt

My name is Campbell Watt, and I am happy to be re-running for the position of Councillor in this amazing City. Over the past 15 years I have been President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the DPA and now most recently have been serving as a City Councillor for two terms. I am self-employed and understand the needs of small business and I want to help provide the tools business’s need to survive.

 

 

School Trustee Candidates

My name is Shelley Clarke, I have lived in Penticton for 31 years and have been a school trustee since 2007. This past term I was Chair , Vice Chair and Provincial Council. I have two adult children who went to Penticton schools, and I was very active in their education, my son has a learning difference and struggled with his education. I previously worked with Developmentally Delayed adults and at -risk teenagers. I am active in my community as a Kiwanis member and I volunteer for various festivals and in our schools.

Kate Hansen

I am Kate Hansen, and Penticton is my hometown.  I believe it is the best place in Canada to live and raise a family.   I retired from the RCMP after 29 years, and for much of that time, I was a school DARE officer, teaching children safety and good decision-making skills.  I want to ensure that all children receive the best education possible.  I will advocate for their needs, and for those of our educators.

James Palanio

Hello, I am James Palanio, your Okanagan Skaha School District 67 trustee and current board chair.  I am seeking your vote for another 4 year term as school trustee. I feel I have been instrumental in making changes that have created a positive culture within our district and I would like to continue that work.  This change has been felt throughout the district and has made for a better work environment for our staff, and a better school experience for our students. And all this, through a pandemic.  Please allow me to continue to serve and support student learning vote James Palanio, candidate for school trustee on or before Oct. 15th

Like all projects that Barb is involved in, she did extensive research before deciding to run for School Trustee. Her skill-set and experience fit well with the role of a Trustee. She is driven, organized, energetic and flexible. Between her board governance work and her work with various committees and community organizations, Barb has developed a unique ability to listen to the sometimes conflicting needs of various parties; look for options that meet the best interests of the collective group; re-build relationships and mindfully deliver solutions that work. Barb is excited to continue to have the opportunity to make the best ‘public education’ decisions, with a focus on student success and to put her business, governance and community background to work as a School Trustee for a 3rd term.

Tracy VanRaes

Tracy Van Raes is seeking re-election for School Board Trustee for SD67. She has lived in the South Okanagan for over 30 years with a child in our district. She is a strong voice and advocate for student success. She’s involved in various organizations including the Rotary Club of Penticton’s Starfish Pack Program which provides weekend food assistance to children. She has a proven track record at the board table of affecting positive change including better communication with stakeholders, fiscal transparency and improved district morale.

Thank you to our sponsors for making events like this possible – Association of Interior Realtors, Peach City Radio, BC Fruit Growers Association and Enchanted Florists 

 


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