NIGEL KITTO | 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 Nigel Kitto (spoiler alert: Nigel 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.And you can still read that conversation below.
WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
I moved to Kimberley with my family for a 2 year work contract almost 13 years ago seeking a mountain (lifestyle)-change. I've been a Registered Nurse for almost 25 years, mostly in ER and the last 6 years in a community role at the Kimberley Health Center. My partner Toni is also an RN and works at COTR, and we have a 14 year old son Christopher who is at Selkirk Secondary.
WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?
The outdoor recreational opportunities are important. Whether it's mountain biking, paddling, hiking or skiing, you'll usually find me and my family outside enjoying all Kimberley and the surrounds has to offer. The friendly and accepting people of Kimberley is what keeps us here - it's wonderful to feel part of and be involved in this amazing community!
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?
Get out and enjoy the trails - hike, bike, ski - it doesn't matter what, just get out there and enjoy our natural environment. The Kimberley Nature Park is a special place, we are so lucky to have such a great amenity inside city limits.
I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?
So many choices here for a small town! Aren't we lucky? I like to visit them all at one time or another.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?
Downhill skiing was the initial draw coming to Kimberley, but mountain biking now comes a very close second. Powder days at the hill in the middle of the week are the best - I'm not giving my favourite pow stashes away.... Biking in the Kimberley Nature Park out of ski season with the Freewheelers Cycling Club is also a favourite.
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 moving and get involved. It is so good for our physical and mental well-being to live an active lifestyle and enjoy everything our beautiful area has to offer. Helping out and volunteering on the trails, for your club or community organization is a great way to meet people and feel part of our community.
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?
Nothing flashy or new, just trying to keep it real. Kimberley is on a roll right now with steady and significant growth. We still have room to grow and continue transitioning our economy, but we must continue assessing the impacts of change on our natural environment and residents' quality of life, as well as maintaining a quality experience for our visitors. We've done well to start reigning in our infrastructure deficit, but still have many challenges around aging pipes, roads and facilities. Maintaining current service levels and keeping tax increases in line with inflation is an ongoing challenge - I feel it is imperative to be innovative and open minded to new ideas as well as being able to make tough decisions moving forward.