I have lived in Kamloops for 24 years and resided all over Kamloops. I have enjoyed the wide mix of people that make up our city. Currently, I reside on the North Shore. I am running for council because I would like to give back to the community that has offered me great opportunities.
I have seen what our community gains from the people who volunteer their time to help us all flourish. I am proud to have been involved in the establishment of Kamloops Makerspace and Kamloops 4X4. I have also had involvement in many other community groups and events.
Many people encounter great administrative and regulatory burden. These measures exist to protect us from those who may not have our best interest at heart. They, unfortunately, affect those of us who do. Future decisions must keep in mind the barriers they may present to those who wish to create, and may not have the resources needed to meet the requirements necessary to regulate larger ventures. We should empower those who administer our city and give them the flexibility to use their judgment and make the process for variances less burdensome.
Kamloops faces housing and addiction challenges. Kamloops is fortunate to have passionate people working to assist those who need it so much. We need to support those organizations. Solutions need to work for everyone. It is not us versus them, we are all in this together. People need to feel safe and secure in our community areas so we can continue to thrive.