Lynn Kelsey also ran for a council seat in 2011 and again in the 2013 byelection. Now, she’s fulfilling her promise that she would be back in 2014.
Kelsey, who works for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society, said her work as a community advocate will help inform her of the communities needs as a councillor.
She also brings a background as a facilitator, working with people holding strong and differing views, and a long teaching history.
“I am a strong communicator as well as a really good listener. I am really committed to making sure all stakeholders, in every situation, get heard,” said Kelsey.
Fiscal responsibility is a key issue for Kelsey, balanced with taking time for priorities and making sure council is getting all the information before making decisions.
There are many wanting change in Penticton, Kelsey said, but it needs to be responsible change, and the city needs people who look at change in a forward thinking manner, not just complaining about current conditions.
“How can we make a positive change? We don’t need to make change for the sake of change,” said Kelsey
Kelsey, a regular audience member at council meetings, said she is running because she is truly committed to the city, and that is what voters should be looking for in the councillors they elect.
I work full time for South Okanagan Women in Need Society. I volunteer many hours a year for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Patient Voices Network and SOWINS.
In May 2014, I was honoured with the award for Volunteer of the Year for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
My personal mission is to empower others to be the best they can be. I have two grown children living and working in Penticton. I am the proud grandmother of two. Four generations of my family live in Penticton.
I am involved at my church as well as supporting community outreach initiatives. I am committed to responsible change in Penticton.
For the past five years I have been a regular attendee at city council meetings staying abreast of the current issues. In 2011 I run in the byelection. I am keeping my promise to the people of Penticton by running again in 2014.