DARRYL OAKLEY | MEET A LOCAL… CANDIDATE

POSTMARK: OCTOBER 2018

Before Kimberley hit the polls (voting polls, not ski poles) to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Trustees, we figured it would be a good idea to try and “MEET A LOCAL” all the local candidates. And that is how City Council candidate Darryl Oakley (spoiler alert: Darryl was re-elected) came to metaphorically stop by the blog to say "hey" and leave behind some tips for getting the most out of a life lived (or a visit visited) around Highway 95 eh.

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WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

My name is Darryl Oakley. I was born and raised in Kimberley and I work for Interior Health out of the Cranbrook Health Unit, working in Mental Health. I am also one of seven on Kimberley City Council.

WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?

I love living a simple healthy life, in Kimberley you can do that. I put on many miles of hiking - with my spoiled dogs - and love accessing all the trails and beautiful wilderness quite literally out the back door of my house. I also love how you can get involved with a myriad of activities around Kimberley - people are super friendly, that's very special . 😊

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IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?

Get outside! No matter what their interest - hiking, climbing, golfing, mountain biking, skiing, etc, it's all available in Kimberley. Just get going and do it.

I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?

My favourite is to skin up Moes on a friday afternoon (winter) with one or both of my daughters, along with a dog, work up a great sweat - and appetite - and then immediately head down to the Shed for an amber and taters - all while mingling with the Friday afternoon crowd.....it doesn't get any better than that! It is so much fun! 😊

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?

My favourite is to hike up Caper (or Ridgeway) at 6am during the summer months. The air is usually cool and fresh, and it is super quiet. I love that quiet time while getting a great workout.

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FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.

Volunteer. Just find something that you are pretty keen on... and give back.

OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2018 KIMBERLEY WILL BE HITTING THE POLLS TO VOTE FOR CITY COUNCIL AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE CANDIDATES, SO — IF YOU HAD TO CONDENSE YOUR RUNNING PLATFORM DOWN TO A PARAGRAPH OR TWO, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

I am possibly one of the most boring city councillors because I really don't have a grandiose platform. I am interested in holding annual tax increases to the rate of inflation and I want to keep the infrastructure renewal program moving forward so that people can get amazing fresh water when they turn their tap on, and don't have to deal with the nightmare of sewer backups because we have replaced the broken pipes in the ground. That's it....pretty boring, but it needs to be done.

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ALRIGHT, THAT'S ALL THE Q'S AND A'S FOR THIS Q&A. If you’d like some more info on who else was elected to City Council in the 2018 election, jump on over to the city’s website (there’s also more info for each councillor).

IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING A Q&A LIKE THIS YOURSELF (AS A PERSON OR AS YOUR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION) OR IF YOU'D BE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING / COLLABORATING ON SOMETHING ELSE 95EH, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND A "HEY!" TO:

hey@95eh.ca