Jane Weixl

Jane was born in Kimberley, BC. She was raised in Kimberley and Riding Mountain National Park, MB. Jane graduated from UBC in 1978 with a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught in Prince Rupert, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Winfield. In 1987 she moved to Vernon and in 1987 and 1988 was the Director of the Topham Brown Public Art Gallery (now the Vernon Public Art Gallery). Jane went back to teaching until 1993, when she left teaching permanently in order to be at home after the birth of her daughter. From 1995 to 2008 she worked with her husband in his photography business. She then worked part time until retiring in 2016 and decided to focus her retirement years on helping to build a healthier and more respectful community for her family and future generations. 2003 – Founder of the Western Corridor Impact Assessment Committee. One of 4 directors who studied the City of Vernon’s proposed West Truck Route Corridor which resulted in a 65 page document which was formally introduced to the community on June 25, 2003. 2003 - Member of the City of Vernon’s Transit Advisory Committee 2017 to present: Director - The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) 2017 to present: Member of “Renewing Democracy Through Cooperation”. 2017 to present: Member of “Fair Vote Canada” & “Fair Vote Vernon” 2019 to present - Director of “The Sustainable Network Society” (SENS) Interests: Yoga, hiking & camping, biking, swimming, reading, XC skiing and snowshoeing.

Heather Clay

Heather has a degree in environmental science and a passion for honey bees. Inspired by Elizabeth May’s work to stop the aerial spraying of phenitrothion over maritime forests, she became a Green Party of Canada member shortly after Elizabeth was elected leader. In her work as CEO of the Canadian Honey Council she helped draft standards for organic apiculture and guidelines for integrated pest management for beekeepers. As a long time beekeeper she would love to see pesticides eliminated from agricultural practices. She is active in groups pursuing climate action, protection of pollinators and proportional representation for elections. She believes governments should take action to encourage renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, local production of food and ensure the protection of all pollinators. After retiring from the honey bee industry and moving to Vernon, Heather has remained an active beekeeper, co-edited a book about Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, and created the Urban Bee Network, a web-based resource for small-scale beekeepers.

Angie McLaren

Angie has lived in Chase for the past 30 years and loves the lifestyle. Together with her husband Joe, they have operated a family business building log homes, as well as growing their own food and raising livestock. Angie has also been a teacher’s aide for 30 years, and ran a school-based environmental group for many of those years. She has also been a foster parent, a volunteer for Red Cross, Community Victim Services, and currently volunteers for “Better at Home,” assisting seniors that want to live at home for as long they can. Having experienced a devastating flood and more recently being affected by wild fires, she is acutely aware of the impact of climate change. Angie created the Chase Environmental Action Group and enjoys being active in the group. She is pleased to be part of the North Okanagan-Shuswap Federal Green Party Association, a party committed to the environment and society as a whole.

Daniel Stark

Daniel is a musician, artist, potter and instrument maker. Through his travels and studies he has gained an understanding of other cultures and religions. His philosophy of life includes finding common ground and treating everyone equally and with respect. One of the reasons Daniel votes Green is because watching the electorate simply flipping back and forth between the old parties and their intended ways of doing things doesn't seem to be working. He believes we need a Greener future than what has been created by the old dualities.

Kevin Babcock

Born and raised in White Rock BC, Kevin enjoyed growing up in a small town within walking distance of the ocean, and mountains nearby. As urbanization sprouted all around him, it was time to return to the small town life again, so Kevin made Salmon Arm his home in 2007. It is those values of community unity and sustainability that has kept him drawn to the Green Party since reaching voting age. Kevin has been working in the labour force for the past 20+ years encompassing the railway industry, aerospace industry, and now the forestry industry.

Richard Smiley

Richard’s family moved to Salmon Arm when he was very young. He grew up on a small farm and graduated from high school in Salmon Arm. Following that he completed a BA in Political Science at UBC and for a time worked for Parks Canada. After some sub-contracting as a finish carpenter, he headed off overseas. He completed a BA and MA in Agriculture at the Hebrew University in Israel and later returned to Canada with his daughters to settle in the Shuswap region. He is an avid reader and also enjoys music and X-country skiing. Richard is very concerned about the future of the planet. Seeing news of crop failures and devastation around the world from extreme events troubles him and he is not overly optimistic about the political will to make the necessary changes. He joined the Green Party because he believes it is the only party with a responsible plan to help save our planet for future generations.

Marianne Wolters

Marianne was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada as a young child. She grew up in Montreal and eventually moved west, living in Kamloops and Victoria before settling in Calgary. In Calgary Marianne completed her degree in Computer Science, taught at Mount Royal College for 5 years, then worked in the energy industry until retirement. In 2013 she and her husband moved to the North Okanagan where they are active volunteers with SilverStar Adaptive Snow Sports. Marianne started voting for the Green Party when she became disenchanted with the other parties. She feels that elected officials should all work together and make decisions based on what is best for the people, not for the party.