I'm Gary Smith. Two elections ago, I ran for a council because I knew that I had found my home and I wanted to be active in its growth

Gary Smith

Two elections ago, I ran for a council because I knew that I had found my home and I wanted to be active in its growth, development, and prosperity.

While I did not get in, it did not stop me from helping where I could.

I have worked with the Boundary Air Quality Committee, helped educate people on agriculture matters through my business, worked at furthering the efforts of community theatre and, for the last six years, been a volunteer firefighter and first responder.

I have learned a great deal from the fire service.  Aside from gaining the specific skills needed to do the job, a person must learn to be a team player and put ego aside.  As that relates to running for council, I have my ideas on what council needs to accomplish the next three years.  They are plans and goals worked on by energetic and passionate people in our community.

My belief is that individual councillors need to unite in their support for those plans and goals developed on facts and a vision of the future, not to be fragmented by egos and private agendas.

I am a very good listener and always strive to confirm what I hear.  I feel decisions need to be based on solid and verifiable information.

In preparing and executing plans, contingencies must always be factored in to allow for unexpected obstacles.

As a councillor, I hope not only to bring those skills to bear for the benefit of our community but to actively engage in work that the residents have determined needs to be done.

Drop in for coffee with me at Kokomo’s Coffee House on Tuesdays and at Jogas on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Otherwise, check out my Facebook page “Gary Smith for City Council.”

Just Posted

BM&TS show ‘a tale as old as time’

The theatre group produced Beauty and the Beast.

Video: MP hears pot, pipeline and politics concerns

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP hosts town hall forum in Penticton

Needles killer frightened many in our town: BC author

Roy Bugera disrupted life in a quiet Vancouver Island village before moving to Arrow Lakes

RCMP investigate stabbing incident

Injuries were non-life threatening, RCMP report

Health Minister says coming changes will make difference in rural communities.

“As a government, Premier Horgan is committed to improving the ambulance service.”

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals on the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

Most Read