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• Friday, November 14th, 2014

Well…here we are, the day before the election! Here is another question I was asked by media and my answer.On a related note, the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition has faced accusations from a few rural directors of being at best, redundant, and at worst a rival to the PRRD. How do you feel about the new coalition? What opportunities, if any, do you see for co-operation between the new coalition and the PRRD? Finally, what steps, if any, do you think the PRRD should take in the next term to promote the federative concept of regional districts?
One thing I can say after being involved in politics for over 10 years is that elected officials will generally do what they feel is best for the area and the people they represent. Although I do see redundancies, if this Coalition is what the Mayors feel is best for their communities, then I wish them well. The issues we will work together on will be the issues which represent both rural and municipal interests. I know that as a Director I’m always willing to work with other levels of government or other organizations to ensure that Area E resident’s best interests are served. So, if that was the intent of a co-operative initiative, then I would be more than willing to be part of that. If I felt that in any way this would hinder the interests of the residents of Area E or the PRRD, I would be a strong voice in opposition. Probably the best way for the PRRD to promote the federative concept of Regional Districts is for us to continue operating within the mandate we have been given by the Provincial Government and when the newly elected workshops are held, ensuring all newly elected representatives are educated as to how Regional Districts came into being, what a Regional District’s mandate is and how a Regional District operates.

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• Monday, November 10th, 2014

For those of you looking for daily updates visit my Facebook page at  Jerrilyn Schembri Area E Peace River Regional District.

I was asked to name three things I would like to be remembered for accomplishing over the next four years, if elected, and why.
1. I would like to be remembered as being someone who genuinely cares for the people of Area E. I have lived in the Peace for 25 years, this is my home. I want to be part of making this area the best it can be.

2. I want to be remembered as a person who found positive solutions to difficult problems. I want to be remembered as someone who listened to the people and worked with them to bring their vision to fruition, and not as someone who imposed my vision on them.

3. People moved to Area E for a specific reason and I think it is instrumental that we work as a regional board to maintain that quality of living. I want to be remembered as a person who worked well with staff, residents, and all levels of government to accomplish this.

Only 5 days until the general election! Does anyone have any other thoughts on what I could be doing to reach people? I am phoning, my cards are at the community centre restaurant, social media, signs, radio ads, coffee talk and REMEMBER my open house on November 10th. Let me know if you have any other ideas. I really appreciate all of you spreading the word as well.

Tuesday I will take a day off to pay regards to those who fought for us so that we would have the freedom to vote. These brave men, women and fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.

My Grandfather World War II.

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• Monday, October 27th, 2014

Nothing prepares you for receiving a call from your child telling you she’s been diagnosed with cancer. But that’s the call I received from my daughter, who is the mother of three, just under 2 years ago.

Then, an urgent phone message eight months later from the hospital that my father had fallen and hit his head and they were not sure he would make it…a bleeding brain.

Life is easy when you are dealt all good cards but it is when you get a bad hand that you learn about who you are, what is truly important and the importance of serving family and community. I will come back to this.

I have lived in the Peace for the past 25 years and am honored to have been elected as Electoral Area E Director for the Peace River Regional District board. I sit on numerous boards as part of this role.

This past year I was elected to the North Central Local Government Association board, representing Area E and the PRRD regionally. I also represent Area E on the Union of British Columbia Municipalities board. This gives us a voice at the Provincial level. Federally I sit on four standing committees including Rural Communities and Remote and Northern Communities committees giving us a voice at a federal level.

These are all great things that benefit the area but it is the life lessons learned rather than the jobs we hold, that make each of us who we are today. Who we are determines how we serve. The events I spoke of earlier have reinforced some essential lessons which inform both my personal life and my public service.

1. Don’t ever give up! Make mistakes. When you are making mistakes you are trying new things, learning new things, living, pushing yourself and changing your world.

2 Don’t be afraid to admit those mistakes. We’ve all seen what happens when politicians try to deny the mistakes they make.

3. Play is important …it rejuvenates us but also allows us to contemplate the improbable/impossible…it lays the groundwork for innovation and possibility.

4 Stand up for what you believe in. If you don’t, how can people expect you to stand up for the issues they believe in. Be passionate about what you do!

So here I am, running for re-election in Area E and I am passionate. I have had three years to learn about the issues we face and the strategic goals of the Regional District. I’m ready to commit to another four years of listening to you, and advocating for the issues that impact all of us.

I grew up in a rural environment and my heart is rural. Area E is my priority, representing you is my priority. I do it full time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. On November 15 I ask you to please put an x beside Jerrilyn Schembri on your ballot.

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• Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

From a wonderful resident of Area E:

November 15 those able to vote in the PRRD Electoral Area E elections I strongly urge you to vote for the voice of Jerrilyn for director ,Electoral area E , a strong , confidant voice for you .She has supported Area E thus far giving her heart and soul to the voice of our communities and has brought the north to the forefront of many a round table by representing area E by being the voice of the people that has deserved to be heard for many years now . I strongly urge you to drop her a line or give her a phone call just spending a few moments with this amazing woman who truly backs area E fully and completely with a passion and drive for growth and forward thinking and you will be able to see and hear in her voice the passion she has for this area . When you speak to her and hear all of the things that have been accomplished in the time she has been in as Area E director , you cannot help but leave the conversation with a zest and excitement for what’s to come. On November 15 vote JERRILYN.

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• Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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• Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The time to put your papers in for the upcoming Local Government Elections closed on Friday.  I have two people running against me for Area E.  I would like to thank them and wish them enjoyment during the campaigning period.  It is always great to get out and meet the residents and answer questions.

Today I had a PRRD Emergency Committee meeting to review our Emergency Plan.  Trish and Jill do an awesome job of the Emergency Management side of things for the RD.

Tomorrow I head off to Moberly Lake for a meeting.  I always enjoy catching up with the people there and the drive is beautiful.

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• Wednesday, October 01st, 2014

Today I filed my papers for Electoral Area E.  i have been so fortunate to have spent the last there years as the Area E Director, representing the rural residents.  The election is coming up in November so six weeks till BC residents will be given a chance to elect their representatives.  Best wishes to all of those who have chosen to put their names forward to serve their communities.

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• Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Literacy Legacy books collected at the NCLGA!

Fort Nelson Councillor Kim Eglinski doing resolutions.

Olympic medalist Denny Morrison giving keynote at the banquet.

 

Don Lidstone presenting keynote address.

Councillor Bruce Bidgood dreaming about being an Olympic athlete wearing Denny Morrison’s medal.

President of UBCM Rhona Martin giving her address.

 

Tables of delegates at the Pomeroy.

Local Government Auditor General presenting.
My hand…Denny Morrison’s medal

 

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• Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I had the privilege of running for and winning 2nd Vice President of the NCLGA.  Here is my bio from that campaign…

There is nothing that prepares you for receiving a call from your child telling you she’s been diagnosed with cancer.  But that’s the call I received from my daughter, who is the mother of three, just under 18 months ago.

Then, an urgent phone message 6 months later from the hospital that my father had fallen and hit his head,  a bleeding brain the doctors informed me and an uncertain rather hopeless prognosis.

Life is easy when you are dealt all good cards but it is when you get a bad hand that you learn about who you are, what is truly important and the importance of family and community.

I am the rural director for Area E  on the Peace River Regional District board, and a former a councillor for the District of Tumbler Ridge.  I sit on numerous boards, as all of us who are involved in public service seem to do, but it is the life lessons learned rather than the jobs we hold, that make each of us who we are today. The last 18 months has taught me some essential lessons which inform both my personal life and my public service.

1. Always be optimistic. You all know the things we face while involved in local government…face them with a smile, be positive and don’t give up. You got involved in serving the public for a reason…stay true to that and work hard at what you are doing.

2. Play is important …..it rejuvenates us but also allows us to contemplate the improbable/impossible like flying to Mars……it lays the groundwork for innovation and possibility.

3. Try something new! Make mistakes. When you are making mistakes you are trying new things, learning new things, living, pushing yourself and changing your world.   And then don’t be afraid to admit those mistakes. We’ve all seen what happens when politicians try and deny the mistakes they make. You’re only human, and if you deal with people on that level, on the level of our shared humanity, you’ll be surprised how generous and forgiving most people really are.

4. Appreciate the opportunity you have been entrusted with, to serve people.

So, here I am trying something new.  I am thankful to all of you for giving me  the opportunity to work with  Maxine, Karen and the board for the past three years I have learned so much and truly come to appreciate the work the NCLGA does.

I am excited to work with Oliver and the new board to develop a series of innovative initiatives including:

-the NCLGA Literacy Legacy

-Northern BC Advocacy Days

-building a series of in-house consultation capacities to assist local governments.

-forging new relationships with those companies who are investing in Northern BC (ie industry round-tables on technology, health, communications).

I look forward to continuing this exciting work serving as your second vice president.