JARET THOMPSON | 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 in October 2018, we figured it would be a good idea to try and “MEET A LOCAL” all the local candidates. And that is how School Trustee candidate Jaret Thompson 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. You may not be able to vote anymore, but you can still read the Q&A.
WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My family and I chose Kimberley as our home to raise our children who are now 12 & 10 years old. I’m a recovering workaholic, running a few successful businesses prior to negotiating the sale of one business, allowing the Fam and I to move here. As an entrepreneur, I have started a few more businesses this year, one of which (FreeTrade) will be helping other small businesses get going, grow, and handle the paperwork they don’t enjoy. Since moving to Kimberley, I’ve been busy with the Kimberley Rotary Club and recently helped organize the 55+ Games that just visited our area bringing in 2,200 visitors.
I’m also just finishing my third term as a School Board Trustee over the last 10 years in School District 60.
WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?
The family and I chose Kimberley for the people, sunshine and outdoor lifestyle. The beauty in our area is amazing and the people are wonderful. I spent four years as a child living in the mountains and am happy to get back to a mountain community!
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?
I’m still in discovery mode and it depends on their interests, season, and weather. I would hit Marysville Falls, the Ski Hill (summer or winter), the Platzl, and if feeling a little more adventurous, maybe Lakit Lookout. A sunny day might get your headed towards Hahas (Stoney) Lake for paddling of your choice, or a walk into the Kimberley Nature Park from the Higgins Street entrance.
I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?
We moved here for the trails and the ski hill. Love the backside after a big snow, and enjoy discovering what seems to be endless trails. Giving time for the projects Rotary supports has been a big highlight as well. It’s a neat way to see your efforts materialize into something for the community.
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.
Get up early. Do the important stuff first. Take care of yourself for others. Keep improving in whatever matters to you. Less screen time, more nature. Replace a bad habit with a good one at least once a year. Feed your mind and be sure to do things that nourish your spirit. Favourite poem, “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar A. Guest, simple and has served me well.
OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2018 KIMBERLEY WILL BE HITTING THE POLLS TO VOTE FOR School Trustee 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?
Honestly, I don’t have a fancy platform or agenda, but the focus always needs to be on the Student experience and supporting the Staff (all) who directly or indirectly deliver that student experience. Having my children connected with the schools and helping out at school events keeps me connected with what’s going on as well.
I believe I will be a great asset to both SD 6 and the Kimberley area, bringing my last 10 years of Trustee experience and work provincially on a number of Boards. My former District had dealt with growing enrolment for the last 20 years and have been one of the most progressive districts on many fronts. Whether it has to do with Trades, community partnerships, facilities, grants, or new Capital projects, I can assist the District in bringing a fresh view and altogether different experience.
If I had to choose one thing to improve, it would be the relationships the district has with the City and other groups in the area, whether it is the Regional District, Art Councils, user groups, MLA’s, the parents, etc. These relationships can better the School District and the community in many ways, especially if student space becomes more of an issue. We’ve had some great people elected to the Board, and I would like to enhance and expand on their work to date