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Small Business Stability and Assistance

This is my passion! Supporting local business is important for Vernon’s economy. The entrepreneurial community in Vernon is growing. As a Councillor, I would support initiatives to create this growing dynamic and ensure new policies do not hurt or slow this process.

The last 2 years has been volatile. As a business owner myself, and working for and with several other businesses, I have seen both good and bad outcomes. Many business owners are tired of change. Its time for some stability. Below are some local initiatives I supported and will continue to support new initiatives as we get through this together:

  • Allow for delayed payment of property tax.
  • Provide grants to assist with lowering property taxes.
  • Allow for delayed payment of utilities.
  • Pause in metered parking to encourage visitors to the downtown core.
Housing

I hold a brokerage license with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and sit on the educational committee of the Professional Association of Managing Agents. These credentials, as well as my experience, allow me to approach Vernon’s housing sustainability beyond municipal levels.

Housing affects residents of all ages in Vernon. I have worked with both owners and tenants of all ages and families of all sizes. As a Councillor, I would make housing initiatives a priority.

This is NOT just a campaign speech–this is what I am already doing. I would drive this point home.

The City of Vernon has provided information on their website for more information on Vernon’s situation:

https://www.vernon.ca/homes-building/construction-renovating/affordableattainable-housing
Community

Safety and homelessness is a concern of mine personally–our main business office was located on downtown Main Street for many years, I am heavily involved with events in Polson Park and I manage a seniors complex in downtown Vernon. All of these have concerns with safety of both people and property and this safety is directly effected by the extent of homelessness in Vernon.

Being a representative of several not-for-profit organizations in Vernon, I know how difficult it is to present your cause, explain your passion and have your hand out asking for money, knowing the city’s contributions will dictate tomorrow’s activities. I am an avid “volunteerer” and look forward to working with and hearing from many non-profits all striving to make our community a better place to live, work and grow.

About

I moved to Vernon in 1989, when I was seven, and attended Mission Hill Elementary. At age nine, I moved to Falkland where my family lived on a hobby farm. We lived for two years without electricity and I delivered newspapers on horseback!

I love my volunteer work and if we have met, this is likely how.

In my spare time I attend seminars to help advance my understanding and networking in the entrepreneurial world. My entrepreneurial spirit definitely comes from my father–I remember him opening several businesses in Vernon; he was always on the look-out for opportunity. My dad even completed the development of a subdivision and I’m proud to have a road named after me.

As an owner and Managing Broker of Keystone Property Manager, I work heavily in the RealEstate market. My background and experience is in hotel and tourism and my specialty is vacation rentals. I am actively involved in several projects in the Vernon area including senior housing, O’Keefe Ranch and vacation rentals.

My Community Work and Achievements:

Vice President of the North Okanagan Canada Day Society
Rental Manager of the Year 2019, Professional Association of Managing Agents
Board of Directors, one year as VP, and various volunteer positions at O’Keefe Ranch
Event Manager for Alzheimer’s Fundraiser
Webmaster for the Vernon Women in Business
Options for Sexual Health
Top 20 under 40
Member of Accelerate Okanagan

My Businesses:

Keystone Property Management Ltd., Owner, Vernon and Kelowna
Mursoft Technologies Ltd., Owner, Web Based
SkillGarden.ca, Owner, Web Based Vernon and Kelowna

My Education and Experiences:

Brokerage License with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia
Educational committee for Professional Association of Managing Agents
Bachelor of Commerce in Management
Psychology and English with Thompson Rivers University
Accounting Certificate with Okanagan University College

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