Earlier this month, the Free 100 Mile Press sent several questions to candidates running for city council. Chris Pettman’s answers are as follows. Some have been edited for length.
1. Who are you and what do you do to live in the community?
I moved to 100 Mile House in 1982 with my two siblings and our mother, and have lived in the South Cariboo ever since. I graduated from PSO and stayed at 100 Mile. I managed Tip Top/Radio Shack and operated the Fascination Street Toy Store with my wife of 25 years and our two children. I did online college to get a Masters in Business Administration, which has served me well in my role as Executive Director of the Cariboo Family Enrichment Center for the past five years.
2. What prompted you to run for municipal elections?
I am grateful to have been elected as a District Councilor in the last election (2018) and learned a lot and really enjoyed my time on the council. I am running again to continue our work together as a City Council, increasing wellness opportunities, fostering economic growth and completing environmental improvements, co-creating a thriving community with a sense of belonging. increased for all. In my role at TECC, I am grateful to be able to support the diversity of families and individuals in the Southern Cariboo and to bring that perspective, their voices and their concerns to the board.
3. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the community and how do you plan to solve it?
A priority for our northern and rural communities is to attract and retain health professionals. This is an unfortunate trend that is having a negative impact on communities across Canada. As an advisor, we have been involved in discussions with the local health authority and PHSA to address the lack of health professionals, service gaps and alternative forms of health services. At UBCM’s recent AGM, Health Minister Adrian Dix said the province was going through a “healthcare crisis” and offered few details on how to resolve the crisis. It is our job to highlight the unique challenges faced by remote and rural communities and to advocate for the services and supports that work best for our community.
4. What kind of development would you like to see in your community and what steps would you take to attract it?
Affordable housing is a must for our region. Over the past two years we have seen an influx of people moving into the Southern Cariboo, and in order to accommodate this population growth, we need to invest in affordable housing for seniors, families and individuals. Economic opportunities increase when new people move to the area, bringing their diverse skills, business acumen and consumer needs. Over the past four years the council has supported many new housing infrastructure proposals in the district and will continue to do so.
5. If elected, what is the most relevant skill or experience you can bring to the board?
If elected to the Board, I will draw on my four years of Board experience to continue the many economic, social and lifestyle initiatives we have launched. My role as Executive Director of TECC is also relevant, as my MBA and leadership skills have translated well to my role on the District Council. I have been active in our community for a long time, contributing to many boards including the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the School District 27 Board of Directors, the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Center and the Board of South Cariboo community planning.
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