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Councillor Greg AndersonGreg Anderson

I am really pleased to have been re-elected as a third-term Councillor in the October, 2018 election! With a healthy mix of new and returning faces to Council, there is much for our new Council to do in the next term.

In terms of my background, I grew-up in Calgary where I completed school before moving to Edmonton where I obtained a BSc in Forestry from U of A. After graduating, I spent the first 16 years of my career with the Alberta Forest Service in several postings around the province. During that time I was fortunate to have an opportunity to return to university and completed a Master’s degree in Forestry (Wilderness Management) from Colorado State University.

I moved with my young family to Invermere in 1992 to assume an Operations Manager position with the former Invermere Forest District, BC Forest Service. I held that position from 1992 through 2006 and was ultimately responsible for the East Kootenay region. In 2006, I moved into a newly created position as the Provincial Manager for the Ecosystem Restoration Program also with the BC Forest Service. Following 35 years in government, I retired from the Forest Service in April, 2011. I had a great, varied and rewarding career working with many outstanding staff in East Kootenays and throughout the province over the years that I am deeply thankful for! In retirement, I have continued to take on interesting natural resource related contracts and Board positions around the province.

In addition to pursuing my career in the Forest Service, I served as a School Trustee with the Rocky Mountain School District for four terms (1999 - 2011) where I also acted as Board Chair for several years. I stepped down from the School Board during the Municipal elections in 2011 when I was elected to my first Council term in order to focus on my DOI Council responsibilities. My involvement as a School Trustee with our education system, students and excellent staff was a tremendous life experience!

My two children were raised in Invermere and, as a result, I have always been active in giving back as a volunteer in many community activities. I am a past-president of the Columbia Valley Old-Timers Hockey Association, past-president of the Windermere Valley Minor Baseball Association, coached minor baseball for ten years and the DTSS High School Baseball team for many years, and as the School District rep I served as co-chair for the Mt. Nelson Athletic Park development committee. Since my retirement I have continued to represent the community as volunteer on Columbia Basin Trust 'Environmental Advisory Committee' and on the 'Technical Review Committee' for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.

I'm excited to be the re-joining DOI Council for my third term! That said, there are many issues in the upcoming term that will require Council's thoughtful, fair and balanced leadership and consideration including: fully operationalizing the new multi-use Columbia Valley Community Centre; planning and securing funding to continue replacing our aging town infrastructure; developing creative strategies to help address our rental and affordable housing shortfall; determining the best future use for the old community hall site once the building is demolished; continuing to encourage and support local economic diversification and development in town and throughout the valley; maintaining our fire protection system including reducing our wildfire risk; and ultimately, determining what future role (if any) the town will have in securing the long undeveloped Lake Windermere Resort property in Athalmer.

The above said, in the process, without a doubt our Council has to continue being mindful of maintaining and/or enhancing our unsurpassed quality of life, which is the reason why many residents live in Invermere!

Kayja Becker

Coming Soon.

Ute Juras

Born and raised in Germany, I immigrated to Canada with my parents and sister in 1982. In 1988, I moved to the Columbia Valley, starting out in Fairmont and then to Canal Flats where I raised my two daughters.

I enjoyed many volunteer positions in Canal Flats such as Brownies, the local Newsletter and the executive of the Parent Advisory Council. Just to name a few.

When Canal Flats incorporated in 2004, I saw an opportunity to work for my community and successfully ran for Council. In 2005, I was the first Councillor to get a seat on the Regional District of East Kootenay, a position that typically is held by the mayor in this region.

In 2011, I was elected Mayor of Canal Flats, a position I held for two terms. There were many ups and downs during my tenure as mayor, but with the help of a resilient community, strong council and amazing staff I am proud of the legacy I left behind. When circumstances in my life changed in 2016 I found a new home in Invermere. Having worked here for the past 10+ years, I have always known that this was a wonderful community, however, I never expected to be welcomed and embraced with such warmth as I have after moving here. This prompted me to wanting to give back by running in the 2018 election. Being successful in getting on Council will allow me to work hard for this incredible place and its people.

Just prior to the election in 2018, I was appointed as a director for Family Dynamix. After being elected, Council appointed me to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors and the Imagine Invermere Committee. All of these groups make important contributions to the District of Invermere and I look forward to working with them.

We have an amazing community and I am proud to have the opportunity to serve the people of Invermere.

Mayor - Gerry TaftGerry Taft

Gerry is proud to be born and raised in Invermere. Gerry was first elected to Invermere council in 2002, at the age of 20. After two terms on Council, Gerry was elected as Mayor in 2008. After three successful terms and ten years as Mayor and as Director on the Regional District of East Kootenay (which makes Gerry the longest serving Mayor in the history of Invermere), Gerry decided to take a step back and run for a council seat in October 2018 municipal elections.

Gerry has extensive business experience, from selling lego in his grade three classroom, to founding and operating Gerry's Gelati for 13 years (before selling the business in 2016). Gerry unsuccessfully ran in the 2017 Provincial Election. Gerry is now working full time as a REALTOR®, and is enjoying sharing his passion for the community and his belief in investing in the community with people, on a daily basis.

Gerry has been elected a number of times by his local government peers to the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). Gerry is current a Director at Large with the UBCM and serves on the Environment and Resolutions Committees.

Gerry lives year round in Invermere with his partner Nozomi, and their children Kelvin, Vernoica, and lazy dog piper.

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