WENDY QURESHI | MEET A LOCAL… CANDIDATE

POSTMARK: OCTOBER 2018

On October 20th, 2018 Kimberley will be hitting the polls (voting polls, not ski poles) to select their Mayor, City Councillors, and School Trustees. So before it’s time to cast your ballot—and before the upcoming All Candidates Forums for City Council on Oct 15 and Mayoral & School Trustees on Oct 16—how about we “MEET A LOCAL” these local candidates?

And on that note: City Council candidate Wendy Qureshi metaphorically stops by the blog today 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 Wendy Qureshi (nee Ratcliffe) and I’m running for City Council in Kimberley.

I am 63 and have retired for now from communications from quite a few “careers” — Advertising Sales for the Vancouver Sun & Province twice, office manager for the North Shore Heath Mental Health Clinic for Children, Adolescents, and their Families, Executive Assistant to the VP of Sales & Marketing for Rogers’ Sugar, and Communications for the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?

I live here because this is my home. I have been coming to Kimberley since I was a baby. My grandfather, Charles Ratcliffe, moved here 100 years ago, and was an engineer for CP Rail.

My family has lived here since then. Uncle Jim & Aunt Lil and their family stayed. Growing up I lived at Cominco's HB Mine, Benson Lake, Trail, and then to Kimberley in 1971 where I completed Grade 11 and 12 and graduated from Selkirk Secondary School.

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

I highly recommend Nina’s Hillside Garden in the Summer for excellent food and a wonderful experience. I am an Elk so you must pop buy there for a beverage and often some wonderful music in the evenings. If you like home cooking & pies, Bear’s Eatery across from Save-on-Foods is the place to go.

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

Kimberley has a vibrant arts community. We must keep it this way. I play clarinet in the Kimberley Community Band. This is most important, especially at our ceremonies — Remembrance Day the most important. The calibre of the ceremony goes down exponentially when O Canada and God the Save the Queen are “piped in.” Having a live band is major.

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 believe that the City of Kimberley Council meetings should be televised and should be available online. Why don’t we do this in Kimberley anymore? All other municipalities do, even smaller ones. We need to know what is going on.

Make sure you get out and vote on Oct. 20th. And, make sure you only vote for the Council Candidates you want elected. It is not your civic duty to vote for 6 candidates!


ALRIGHT, THAT'S ALL THE Q'S AND A'S FOR THIS Q&A. Before you head off to some other corner of the internet, make sure to mark your calendar to attend the ‘All Candidates Forums’ for City Council on Oct 15 and Mayoral & School Trustees on Oct 16. and *most importantly* put a big circle around October 20th as that’s the day you get to cast your vote.

95EH will be attempting to run a Q&A with all the candidates before the upcoming election, so make sure to check back on the regular or follow on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram for updates.

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