Welcome to jerrilyn.ca.  This blog was inspired by my desire to have open and honest dialogue with the people of the Peace River Regional District.

Why “Musings from the BC Peace” ?

The word musing means “to think deeply” or “to meditate on”. This site represents some of my thoughts on life in Northeastern British Columbia. You’ll find my latest thoughts under “Recent Posts” in the menu on the left.

A muse is also something or someone who inspires, and this region inspires me. From Pouce Coupe to Lone Prairie to the Pink Mountain to Moberly Lake, this region is an area I am proud to call home.

I was elected to Town Council in Tumbler Ridge in 2008 a by-election and worked hard to create change. For the past three years I have been Electoral Director for Area E, Peace River Regional District.

I have lived in Tumbler Ridge for the past 25 years and during that time have filled many volunteer roles within the province as well as completing much of my post secondary education.

  • FCM Standing Committees (Rural, Northern and Remote, Community Safety/Crime Prevention, Environmental Issues/Sustainable Industrial Development
  • Director at Large Union of British Columbia Municipalities
  • 2nd Vice President North Central Local Government Association
  • Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services (Trainer and Responder)
  • Provincial Mobile Support Team (Disaster response)
  •  Former Coordinator Police Victim Services
  • Trained NOVA (National Organization of Victim Assistance) responder
  • Former Tumbler Ridge Museum Society Board Member
  • Tumbler Ridge Youth Services Society Volunteer
  • Race Director for the Emperors Challenge half marathon
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator
  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Compassion Canada Advocate
  • Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society Member
  • Social Work (NLC/UNBC)
  • Emergency Management (JIBC*)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (JIBC)
  • Conflict Resolution/Mediation (JIBC)
  • Certified Victim Services Worker (JIBC)

I am currently Area E Director  with the Peace River Regional District as well as a 2nd Vice President North Central Local Government Association, Director at Large for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities board and sit on the FCM Standing Committees

I have spent the last fifteen years working with the youth of TR. Until 2001, I was employed as a school based youth worker.  Since that time I have worked as RCMP Victim Services Coordinator as well as doing contract work writing Emergency Plans for communities, businesses and organizations.  My front line experience in working with youth, Victim Services and Emergency Management has often been advocacy based, giving voice to issues.

I generally spend several weeks a year volunteering in Disaster Response or Recovery, assisting communities who have been impacted by disaster.

I also volunteer with Compassion Canada as an advocate.  I have travelled with Compassion to Brazil to work with children in the favellas (the poorest areas).

In my spare time I enjoy music and spending time enjoying the beautiful surroundings of North Eastern BC,  which I am fortunate to call home.

*Justice Institute of BC