Jeff Stevenson is among a crowded race for one of six council seats in Coldstream.
The father, community advocate and carpenter is among 11 candidates.
Stevenson has served as president of the Kidston Elementary School parent advisory council for two years, leading fundraising on several major projects.
“When you watch kids playing ... getting their hands dirty planting seeds in the (school) garden, it’s rewarding to see how these investments are benefitting children,” says Stevenson.
He is also a coach and vice-president of the Vernon Baseball Association.
“I think it’s important to give your time and get involved in things you care about – it all makes a difference,” he says.
Stevenson and his wife Cheryl moved to Coldstream in 2013.
He says he wants ensure the voice and needs of young families are represented.
“Coldstream has so much to offer, and there are lots of opportunities as well for us to enhance everyday living in ways that are planned thoughtfully,” he says.
Stevenson says infrastructure such as a business park could generate taxable income and valued services, and greater housing density could increase the pool of available living options – but that those kinds of projects should be pursued with long-term sustainability and existing residents’ and young families’ needs in mind.
He is a former master planner and manufacturing manager.