KelownaNow has made the effort to sit down and conduct video interviews with every candidate in the upcoming election. No other media outlet has compiled such a resource and it's a centre-point for this one-stop election web portal. It's a place where you can learn about all of the mayoralty, council and trustee candidates in the Central Okanagan.
Is an old adage many are familiar with, as well as a statement I choose to disagree with. Not only do I choose to be your friend and family, I choose to run for office in order to represent us all with leadership that respects, regards and values all who choose to make Kelowna home. I choose Kelowna because it is as genuine as it is first class. I hope you choose to elect Bobby Kennedy for Mayor October 20/2018 for the exact same reasons.
Raising a family and running a successful business have always been the primary focus for Tom. With his family now grown and his business a family enterprise with a strong team, Tom has the capacity and the desire to turn his attention more fully to serving our Community and The City of Kelowna.
Leadership is about doing what’s right for the entire community. This principle guides me to not seek allegiance with any particular interest group. Rather, I’m committed to supporting a strong, progressive vision for all of Kelowna. To enable our city to prosper for generations to come.
I want to keep making a difference in my community. This is where I was born, where I grew up, where I choose to raise my family and where I have been involved in business. I want Kelowna to be a place where my children have opportunities when they are adults.
I have lived in the Okanagan since 1965 and have made Kelowna my home for the past 38 years. My wife, Jane-Marie, and I have raised three children in Kelowna.
I have a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Okanagan College and hold a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC. I am also a Journeyman tradesman. I have successfully run my own businesses in Kelowna (Glenmore Valley Greenhouses and Scenic View RV Park) for over 20 years. Most recently I was Construction Manager for multi-million dollar projects from BC to Newfoundland.
Craig, 59, is a husband to Patti of 36 blissful years and lucky father of three grown professional daughters. He likes to work at his profession and spend time with his family or crouched over a good technical book. Craig has always taken on challenges as they present themselves, taking himself and Patti to the Arctic for 15 years then to the Okanagan in 1997 to help in running family businesses and his own businesses. Craig has always had time for higher responsibilities and pursuits including an MBA and PhD while running the businesses and is now free to run for Council.
Amarjit Singh Lalli was born September.6th, 1968 and moved to Kelowna from India in 1975. Though his first 4 years were filled with challenges due to adapting to a new country and many moves, he is now a grateful family man, successful entrepreneur, as well as a highly respected individual member of the community.
Our community is key to building a successful future without neglecting our past or present, Dustin continues to look for ways to be a positive influence in all of his surroundings. He feels that by participating in such a diverse portfolio of interests since moving to Kelowna provides him the insight to work with and help balance the eclectic nature of our fastgrowing community.
I am thankful to have been born and raised in the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna has been my home since 1962 and during the past 50 years I have seen tremendous growth and change in our beautiful city. I would like to again be a part of the important decision making process that entrenches Kelowna as a safe, prosperous, and desirable community in which to live.
A Scottish-born Canadian, Donn has lived in Kelowna for 22 years. Graduating from Rutland Secondary School, he obtained his diploma as Human Service Worker from Okanagan University College in 1999 and received the Okanagan College Young Alumni Award in 2010.
He works at Festivals Kelowna, owns a small business (Nudge Media), and lives in Kelowna with his wife, Kimberly, and two daughters.
Campaign Statement: I love Kelowna. If elected I will bring fresh, new, innovative ideas to Kelowna City Council.
I believe that we need progressive leaders in our city who encourage a comprehensive complete community WITH a vibrant economy. As a Community Encourager I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with not for profit and business leaders and see the struggles of both sides. It’s time for our fiscal excellence to be balanced with a social conscious. I can use my experience to fuse both a business mind with a social heart.
Maxine will continue to work hard and focus on the issues facing our city: Creating a Healthy, Safe & Inclusive Community for all of our Citizens Further Developing Vibrant Downtown and Business Centres Ensuring that We Develop a Long-Term Diversified Housing Plan
Often described as clear-minded, honest and thorough, Gail is also a lifelong learner with a positive attitude and the resiliency necessary to adapt to rapidly changing environments. As a two-term City Councillor and current Regional District Board Chair, Gail Given is acutely aware of Kelowna’s current challenges and opportunities.
I WILL ADDRESS THE LACK OF A WORKABLE PLAN FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT WITH THE GOAL BEING A REDUCTION OF THE GRIDLOCK WE FIND THE ROADS IN, AND TO MAKE KELOWNA ACCESSIBLE TO ALL REGARDLESS OF YOUR PREFERRED MODE OF TRANSPORTATION OR WHERE YOU LIVE.
Kelowna is so MUCH more than a holiday destination. It is a thriving city that requires strong guidance and management. I am Mark Boyer and I am running for City Council in Kelowna. I’m no stranger to making swift and tough choices while working in collaborative, results-based situations, and I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and my great work ethic to work for this great city.
Gord Lovegrove is passionate about sustainable communities, and is one of UBCO School of Engineering’s experts in applied sustainable civil engineering - he is currently working with the Canadian and American Societies of Civil Engineers (ASCE/CSCE) on the release of a new reference textbook for practitioners and students-alike on civil engineering practices "Toward Sustainable Communities" (working title).
Luke was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He was raised in a large family with four brothers and two sisters. He met his wife Anne in high school and married her in 1978. Luke has three adult children and four (very cute) grandchildren.
Jeff Piattelli is a professional singer and guitarist out of Kelowna, B.C. He writes and performs original music while also playing his take on popular covers. Using live, on the spot looping and percussion, Jeff creates everything you hear right in front of you; filling out the room with his signature sound. His first album was a purely acoustic album, with timeless songs that fans still cherish to this day.
Two-term incumbent city councillor Mohini Singh announced today she is seeking re-election to Kelowna City Council. “It has been a tremendous honor and opportunity for me to serve the citizens of Kelowna and bring their diverse perspectives and voices to the table. Although we have accomplished a lot during the past term, there is a significant amount of work left to be done to make our city the best mid-sized city in North America. I want Kelowna to be a city that is a safe and vibrant place to live, work, and play.”
Dr. Mo Rajabally arrived in Kelowna in 1976 from St. Catherines, Ontario to take a faculty position with Okanagan College. He is a graduate of the universities of
Ottawa, New York, and Washington State. In his earlier days in Kelowna, he served as a soccer coach and was president of the Mission Youth Soccer Association and was involved with several voluntary organizations.
She brings a fresh, inspired and global perspective to education. She understands our students, our schools and the important governance role of a Board of Education in our community. Let's keep her working as a School Trustee, so we can continue to grow the success of Central Okanagan Public Schools.
Rolli Cacchioni supports and will work for: Continued advocacy to the Ministry of Education for the provision of adequate, sustainable and predictable funding for our schools. Implementation of the BC Education Plan with its focus on individualized student learning plans and experiential learning to ensure the success of our students in the 21st century.
Joachim Nierfeld, born and raised in Germany, immigrated to Canada in 2000 and made his permanent home in Kelowna, BC. Married for more than twenty years, Joachim and wife Kathleen, along with their son Nicholas (a grade 5 student of Anne McClymont Elementary) are active, contributing members to the community that has welcomed them so warmly. One of Joachim’s proudest moments was becoming a full Canadian citizen in 2008.
I don’t have all the answers but as a father of 3 and the 4th on the way, my wife and I of 12 years feel this is the best thing we can do to help our kids and yours.
My name is Peter Pagliocchini and I am running for Kelowna Area Trustee on the Central Okanagan School Board. I am proud to say that I have worked as a dedicated teacher in Kelowna for 34 years, with the majority of my career spent within School District 23. In June of 2013 I retired from the classroom but my passion for education has remained and my desire to improve the education system has been strengthened through my experiences.
I believe, that as a trustee and a member of the Board of Education, our priority is to encourage student success and to ensure that every child in our care receives the supports necessary to reach their full potential. It is also critical that in the coming year, the School Board works to ensure the new funding model rolled out provides our School District with the flexibility to target resources to support our students and to meet the specific needs of our local communities.