Archive for ◊ September, 2018 ◊

• Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Do you ever have those times in your life where everything seems to happen at once and you have to make decisions that are difficult in the midst of your heart breaking?  That is this week for me.  About an hour ago I received “the call”.  The call we all dread and pray doesn’t happen.  “Jerrilyn” a gentle calm voice said, “I am so sorry but your Dad passed away about 5 minutes ago.  He wasn’t alone, Carl was in his room praying with him when he passed”.  Blank air……”Thank you for letting me know Marcia, and thank you for taking such good care of him”

So in one minute, life has changed.  My year of change takes on a whole new meaning.  So, this is where I’m at.

1. I’m in the middle of running for Mayor in the town that has been my home for over 20 years.  This is so important to me because my heart is in this community and the people of the community. This is our home!

2. On Friday I’m supposed to be heading off to a friend’s wedding…not just any friend but the friends who shared their lives with me the week my mother died.  The listening ears, the gentle smiles, the caring.

3. I’m the one who cared for my dad, his power of attorney so now I plan a funeral for the man who taught me so much, so many life lessons.

Today I feel like I’m drowning but I know that this brief moment  when I’m writing this post is only a small nippet of the emotions, memories and feelings that I will go through over the next few weeks.

A little about my dad: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Dad was a warrior.  You always wanted him on your side.  He wasn’t given to a lot of words but when he spoke, you listened.  He was a police officer at heart.  He worked for his entire adult, post Canadian Navy years as a police officer and that was him through and through, a keeper of the law, tough and fair.

I remember times when I was younger and he would take my bike away because I was riding on the wrong side of the street, tough but fair, or he would have me empty out confiscated liquor in a hot stinky room to make sure I never thought alcohol was fun…it was work…a lesson all kids should learn.

He taught me that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear….that it’s more important to be beautiful inside because the outside is what it is.

He taught me that it is possible to have a toothpick in your mouth every minute of the day.

He was so proud of his three kids and loved us more than life itself.  He always wanted to win a lottery so he never had to worry about any of us.

He taught me a work ethic, and that if you wanted something to change, you got in and changed it.  He taught me not to whine about things I had no control over.

He was a good man with few close friends and I’m so thankful that he was my dad.

I remember when I was a kid and I would have a bad dream…my dad was always the hero who rescued me, there was never a monster that my dad couldn’t handle.

The last few years the rolls have been reversed.  I have been caring for my dad and I’ve learned so much about him.  I would take him out for drives every time I went to see him, we would drive his old police route.  He would make comments and tell me stories about places, point out places “that’s the Klein’s place” or “that is where the Heibert’s lived”.  It was great to relive those memories with him.

One of my favourite memories was after he had his head injury and had been in the long term care home in room 103 for a few months, I called him and was talking to him.

He said, “when are you planning on coming to see me again?”

I said “in a couple of weeks”.

He said, “ok, don’t come until them because I’m currently traveling around Europe”

I said, “that’s awesome Dad, how are things in Europe?”

He said, “strangest thing, everyday I stay in a different hotel but I’m always in Room 103 and my name is on the door…no matter where I stay.  How do you think they do that?”

I loved that he travelled in his mind, it made him happy and made the last years of his life great.  He began loving ice-cream and chatting with people.

Two weeks ago, my brother’s and i spent a week with Dad in Dalmeny…it was perfect…the three of us together made Dad so happy.  The last few days we were there he wanted ice cream cones, Alan would reach over to wipe his face and dad would hit his hand away and say “Get lost, it’s mine”.  Made us all smile.

I close my eyes and I picture Dad seeing Mom upon arrival to his new home and saying, “Joanie, I’m so sorry for everything” and Mom smiling at him and saying, “don’t worry Vern, lets go get some ice-cream then I’ll cut your toenails they look terrible, has no one been cutting them since I’ve been gone?”

Thank you to the amazing caregivers at Spruce Manor in Dalmeny, if there was ever a place I would want to be when I”m older…that is it. The care and love the residents are given is beyond amazing and the good Mennonite food makes it even better.

• Monday, September 24th, 2018

  I am the proud mother of five beautiful children and 14 amazing grandkids, they are my heart. Family is very important to me.









I have been involved in local government politics at various levels since the early 2000’s including Tumbler Ridge Council and the Peace River Regional District as an Electoral Area Director. As you will see in the partial list below I have vast experience and am ready to take on any challenge. But I believe one of the things makes me a great choice is the people in my life. I’m am fortunate to have amazing, supportive, influential and hard working people surrounding me…Stronger Together!


* Conuma Coal Public Relations (current)
* Former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director (past)
* Grant Writer


* Appointed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Standing Committees (Rural, Northern and Remote, Community Safety/Crime Prevention, Environmental Issues/Sustainable Industrial Development (past)
Elected Director at Large Union of British Columbia Municipalities (past)
* Area E Director for the Peace River Regional District and Vice Chair (past)
* Vice President North Central Local Government Association (past)
* Elected President of the BC Library Trustees Association (current)
* Vice Chair of the Lakeview Credit Union (current)
* Chair of the South Peace Economic Development Committee (past)
* Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services (Trainer and Responder) (current)
* Provincial Mobile Support Team (Disaster response) (current)
* Former Coordinator Police Victim Services (past)
* Trained NOVA (National Organization of Victim Assistance) responder (Current)
* Vice Chair Tumbler Ridge Museum Society Board (current)
* Chair of the TR Ministerial (current)
* Tumbler Ridge Youth Services Society Volunteer (past)
* Over 10 years as Race Director for the Emperors Challenge half marathon (current)
* Grizfest Volunteer
* Volunteer Grant Writer (current)
* Restorative Justice Facilitator (past)
*Citizens on Patrol (past)
* Compassion Canada Advocate (current)
* Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society Member (current)


* Social Work (NLC/UNBC)
* Emergency Management (JIBC*)
* Critical Incident Stress Management (JIBC)
* Conflict Resolution/Mediation (JIBC)
* Certified Victim Services Worker (JIBC)
* Local Government Certificate Program
* Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Certificate

• Friday, September 21st, 2018

For residents who own homes in TR but don’t live here…on October 4 you can call 250-242-4242 and request a mail in ballot, you will be sent a ballot and can vote. Only one ballot per property….just an FYI

• Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Some of you may think this picture is a little odd for an election post. Let me begin by saying that I am so honoured to have the right to put my name forward to serve my community…the picture represents the men and women who have fought for yours and my rights to run for an elected leadership position and our right and privilege to vote. But this picture represents so much more   than that, this picture shows how I believe government should be done.

If you look at local government as community leaders, then there should be some expectations that go along with that.

As John Quincy Adams said ““If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” True leaders give people what they need to be successful.

Below is a short list of things I believe are important qualities to look for in the people who represent you.

-Someone who can explain why they are running for a position.

-Someone who focuses on people not position. A person who builds relationships because it will be through relationships that things move forward.

-Someone who motivates and inspires and brings people and organizations together.

-Someone who freely gives of themselves without any thought of personal gain. Choose a leader who has been involved in the community, who has proven what the community means to them by their involvement.

-Someone who encourages and listens to others. Someone who takes the time to get involved.

-Someone who you can respect….a position in local government gives a person some authority, but a person’s actions, character and values are what earn them respect.”

My profile picture is a picture of what I believe government should look like…people helping people because we are Stronger Together.