Mayor Ken Christian
Ken was born in Kelowna and pursued his formal education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Cariboo College and eventually the University of Victoria. His 37 year career in Public Health in the Kamloops region saw him start as Public Health Inspector and Licensing Officer. He became the Chief Environmental Health Officer in Kamloops and then Manager of Environmental Health with the Thompson Health Region and ultimately the Regional Director of Health Protection with the Interior Health Authority until 2012. He operated a small environmental health consultancy; Ken Christian Consulting Ltd. until he became Mayor in 2017.
Throughout his career he has been a leader in Water Quality, Food Safety, Air Quality, Community Sanitation, Disease Control and Emergency Preparedness. In recent years his interests have turned to public policy development, administrative law, sustainability, social determinants of health and the relationship between health and the built environment.
A Kamloops resident for over 40 years, Ken has served his community as an elected representative continuously since 1993, 18 years as a School Trustee on the Kamloops Thompson Board of Education, including 8 years as Chairman. Ken was first elected to Kamloops City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 and was elected Mayor in September 2017.
Throughout the years Ken has coached and refereed basketball and volunteered in numerous positions. He is a proud supporter of the Western Canada Theatre Company, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and the Thompson Rivers University Foundation. In his spare time Ken enjoys golf, sports and the Shuswap. Ken and his wife Brenda and have three adult children Nic, Jon, and Taryn.
Councillor Donovan Cavers
As a City Councillor and as an individual, Councillor Cavers participates in a wide range of organizations working on health, sustainability and social justice issues with a particular focus on diversifying our transportation system, increasing local food security and accessibility, and ensuring our community is a healthy, vibrant place for all.
Born in Kamloops, Donovan Grube Cavers is the grandson of the late Trustee Henry Grube, for whom School District No. 73's Education Centre is named.
Donovan spent his early years on a family farm in Chase, BC and has lived in Kamloops since the age of 11, where he hopes to start a family.
An Honour Student at John Peterson Secondary School, he went on to study in the Culinary Arts program at UCC (now Thompson Rivers University). Donovan is the founder and proud owner of two local businesses, Conscientious Catering and The Cultivated Kitchen.
Councillor Cavers sits on the Tournament Capital Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Community and Council Services Committee, the Coordinated Enforcement Task Force, the Development Cost Charges Review Committee, the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel, and is the alternate to the Social Planning Council.
Councillor Cavers is always happy to hear from you and appreciates all ideas on how we can make our city even better.
When he has a few moments of his own, Donovan can be found reading, cycling, hiking, gardening, swimming, running, or cross-country skiing.
Councillor Dieter Dudy
Dieter was born in Germany and raised in Kitimat, BC where he completed his primary and secondary education. He met his wife Deb Kellogg, who grew up in Kamloops, in Victoria and has been married for 34+ years. They have two adult children, Ryan and Kaitlin who both reside in Kamloops with their respective partners. Dieter has had a diverse work history, having been employed in the industrial sector by Alcan, Crown Zellerbach and a number of smaller operations. Dieter spent a number of years in retail and wholesale management primarily with Woolco. He spent 13 years in the financial services industry, both in sales and management, and lastly with the local Greyhound agency as Operations Manager.
Dieter’s passion for sustainability led him to purchase and develop 10 acres in Westsyde in 1998 where he and Deb have successfully established an organic vegetable farm and business. He has since become involved with agriculture and food security. Dieter has sat on the local farmers’ market, the Sun Peaks Farmers’ Market board (which he and his wife helped to develop), was President of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, past Director with The Certified Organic Association of BC, as well as the local certifying body.
Dieter was a former Director with the Kamloops Voter’s Society and was one of the original members of the steering committee that founded Gardengate, a therapeutic centre for individuals with mental health issues. Dieter was a committee member on the Agricultural Advisory Committee which helped to develop the Kamloops Agricultural Plan. Dieter is currently a Director with Farm2Chef and continues to be passionate about food security, economic diversity and fiscal responsibility.
Councillor Tina Lange
Tina Lange grew up in Kamloops and plans to live there forever. She is blessed to have three daughters and eight grandchildren that all live in Kamloops. Her education is in Recreation Management.
From her early days working for the Kamloops Community YM-YWCA to her family owned business, Hello Toast Restaurant, she has always had jobs working with people. She has been a Kamloops City Councillor since 2005 and a TNRD director since 2011.
Lange credits her success to being passionate about her city and being just a little bit crazy.
Councillor Kathy Sinclair
Originally from Vancouver Island, Kathy has lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Kelowna, the UK, BC's Sunshine Coast, Mexico, and the Yukon. She feels very fortunate to have landed in Kamloops in 2011 and is committed to making our wonderful city even better.
Kathy is the executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council and has been an active volunteer with many local organizations, including Literacy in Kamloops, the SPCA, Kamloops Power Choir and the Interior CarShare Cooperative. Her interests include economic development, urban planning, active transportation, sustainability, personal and community health, affordability, accessibility, and respect for diversity. Kathy's main areas of focus are building upon the Tournament Capital brand to grow tourism and the economy; fostering an environment that attracts and retains small business; and ensuring sustainability (economic, environmental and social).
Kathy's work history includes non-profits, education, publishing and the tech sector. She is also a former freelance book and magazine editor. Kathy holds a BA in creative writing and English from the University of Victoria and a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops and a mentor with the Commonwealth Women's Mentorship Program.
Councillor Arjun Singh
Arjun is a trained facilitator and is currently co-chair of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Arjun was born and raised in Kamloops. His parents, Dr Gur and Mrs Manju Singh, immigrated to Canada from India in the 1960s. He previously served on council from 2005-2008. He has a MA in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University.
Arjun welcomes your questions or feedback on any community issue or initiative.
Since 2005, he has written a blog for Kamloops citizens and people interested in Kamloops - www.yourkamloops.com. You can also find Arjun on twitter at @yourkamloops or @arjunsingh.
Councillor Pat Wallace
Patricia Wallace was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, moving to Kamloops in 1974.
She is a businesswoman, free enterpriser as well as a strong and active supporter of her community and region. Pat is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
Pat's varied career background is matched only by her extensive community involvement. Some of her service includes the Royal Inland Hospital Board, United Way President and Campaign Chair, Coordinator of the Kamloops Blood Donor Clinic, Director of the Kamloops Exhibition Association, Media Director of the first BC Festival of the Arts, Director of the SPCA, Miss Kamloops Pageant Judge, Campaign Chair of the Kamloops Canadian Cancer Society, Director of the Air Show Society, and Director of the Kamloops Aids Society.
Her community activism led her into local politics where she is presently serving her 27th year as both a Kamloops City Councillor and a Director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board. Pat was first elected to the Union of BC Municipalities in 1995 as a Director-at-Large, a position she held until being elected Third Vice President in 1999. During her years on the UBCM Board she served on many committees. She completed her last term on this Board in September as Past President. Her political career has also extended to the regional association OMMA (Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association) as a Director for several years. She has served as a Director on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the past four years. On a national level she serves as Vice-Chair of the Green Municipal Funds Council.
Councillor Denis Walsh
Denis has lived in Kamloops since 1980 and has raised his family here. He is an active local business person involved in the MovieMart downtown and Crossroads Inn.
Denis has served as a director on the boards of the original North Shore Business Association and more recently, the Kamloops Film Society, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, and Kamloops Society for Community Living. He was an co-organizer of the Kamloops Speaker Series and Community Representative for Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association Human Rights Committee. Denis was awarded a Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA Peacemaker Award in 2006.
His main areas of concern are economic stability, quality of life, improving community input and environmental stewardship. Denis believes benefit comes from working together with people of all points of view.