MICHELLE NEX | MEET A LOCAL… CANDIDATE
POSTMARK: SEPTEMBER 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 City Council candidate Michelle Nex 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?
I have been a resident of Kimberley for the past 16 years and I have done quite a few different things. I was a bartender and a care aide at one time, both jobs I loved. I now run my own karaoke business and I also often set up and run pro audio for bands and events. It’s true what they say. When you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life (well, sometimes, you will! ).
WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?
I originally moved here to work in the Canadian Hotel (It’s now the center 64 parking lot, but older residents will remember!) as a bartender/waitress. I ended up staying because of the genuinely warm welcome I received from the residents here, both old and new. Business is, incredibly, still done on a handshake! I didn’t realize how much I’d missed that attitude until I arrived here. How could I ever leave? :)
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?
We're fortunate in that there’s so much to choose from! It’s almost a detriment, because how do you choose? Too many choices!
I’d say get out to see Cherry Creek Falls and Marysville Falls. Check out Spirit Rock climbing wall. Hike the ski hill until the snow flies, then go skiing! Kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming at any one of the numerous nearby lakes is a great option for warmer weather. Hiking, fishing and camping are great and there’s a fantastic group of biking enthusiasts here so the biking opportunities are also fantastic.
In the winter, of course, skiing! You can also go ice fishing or skating on nearby lakes (check ice thickness for safety first!). The city also converts a couple of basketball courts to ice rinks so the neighbourhood kids can play hockey or just skate. Free skating at the arenas is also fantastic!
One mustn’t forget Kimberley’s history, and where this city comes from, so a visit to the mining railway and the museum are an absolute must.
The railway/mining tour really gives you perspective as to just how hard our residents worked and the sacrifices they made to build our city and put food on the table. It brings a whole new level of respect for many of our elders.
The collection at the museum is pretty amazing for such a small town and I must commend those that saw the worth in the artifacts and saw fit to put them all together for future generations to enjoy.
I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?
Kimberley has so much to offer when it comes to restaurants that it’s really hard to choose just one, but I’ll try! For breakfast, absolutely hit up Our Place restaurant and get yourself a number 10. If it's lunch you’re after, the Platzl Burger will fill your belly. For dinner, there’s a wide variety of options to choose from, The Sullivan Pub, The Pedal & Tap, the Shed, Stonefire Pizza, Grubstake Pizza, Kinbari Sushi, Burrito Grill, The Old Bauernhaus, Sushi N More, Kimberley Kitchen (for some great Chinese), Bear’s Eatery (for home cooked pot pies!), The Nest in Marysville! For something quicker, we have a Subway and an A&W. See what I mean? Tons to choose from and I didn’t even list them all (Sorry to those I missed!).
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?
Again, so hard to choose! I absolutely love anything to do with music, so it's a good thing that Kimberley has such a vibrant musical community. It seems like there’s always a festival or event going on that involves music, and of course, Karaoke!
I also love pool (billiards) and I play once a week during “pool season” which runs from September to May. I’m also a Canadian (and American) Cue Sports sanctioned referee, and so I head out to tournaments to “ref” several times a year. I love meeting new people, so this is always great fun for me!
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.
Start actively looking for the good, even in things that may seem bad. It’s amazing what you’ll find and how it can make you that much happier. Try new things. There’s lots to choose from here and people are so helpful!
Also try to find one thing to do only for yourself, once a week, even if it’s only for a short time. It can help keep you on an even keel and bring some balance to your life.
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?
Kimberley needs to re-achieve self-sustainability and this includes supporting local businesses as well as attracting new business and light eco industry to Kimberley so that the tax base can be expanded and diversified. It’s not right that the majority of taxes are carried on the backs of homeowners. It’s critical that our aging infrastructure be addressed and funding is a very real issue so this really need to be addressed.
Rental housing availability is also at an all time low and the cost is becoming prohibitive to residents, again, in part, because of the taxes that must be paid. Families are being made homeless, not because they don’t have the money to pay, but because there’s simply nowhere to rent. We need to change the Residential Tenancy Act to be able to attract new rental housing to the market instead of implementing more and more punitive measures onto landlords. That only serves to discourage landlords from putting their houses up for rent. I am committed to working with the city and with provincial level government to help address the lack of rental housing.
And lastly, no matter who you vote for, please DO vote! Your voice is important!