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Finding Kelowna

Mayor Sharon Shepherd: Part 3 of 3

For Part 1 and 2 of this interview, click here.

“We are a fairly white community, and I think that over time that’s going to change, and that’s going to be a good thing.”


“We’ll have to be more open than Kelowna has been known to be, and that’s something we’ll have to work on as citizens.”


“I was an independent and I like being able to not have someone tell me how I should think and vote…


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About the Author

Giovanni is a poet, columnist, interviewer and photographer. His passion for literature and the writing arts began at three years of age when his mother read to him the poems of Giovanni Pascoli.

Finding Kelowna, as he explains it in his website of the same name, is a focus on the ordinary events, people and things that often go unnoticed. Its purpose is to reveal the startling brilliance of everyday life which may be beautiful, tragic or bizarre. Giovanni does this in a creative way that spotlights the sudden encounters, poignant moments and unusual circumstances that pepper daily life.

Through chance conversations and unexpected occurrences, the tone and character of Kelowna and its surroundings is explored. In so doing, Giovanni hopes that the reader will catch a glimpse of himself and of humanity in all its glorious imperfection.

To comment on his columns you may write to him at [email protected]. You may read other articles he has written by viewing his website at  You may view his photography blog at, and read his poems, stories and perspectives at

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