Todd Logan; Clara Reinhardt; Don Devlin

Meet the candidates: Radium, part 2

An introduction to the second half of the contenders of Radium village council.

CLARA REINHARDT

What’s your background?

I have lived here in Radium Hot springs since September 2005. We chose this community for its size, recreation opportunities and lifestyle.

The Canadian Red Cross has been my employer for the last 10 years both part-time and full-time. My background is mostly in First Aid and aquatics, but I also have sales and business experience as well as having been a licensed Emergency Medical Responder.

Since becoming a councillor I have sat on the Recreation Events Committee, participated in chamber meetings, chaired the steering committee for the OCP, attended workshops with First Nations, Water Board, Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments, Union of B.C. Municipalities, and recently been appointed to the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Committee.  As well, I volunteer at the Radium Library.

What is the main issue facing the village?

People are worried about the future. Will there be jobs? Will they and/or their children afford to live here? How do we attract business and industry? Will the mill re-open?

What goals would you like to accomplish?

I would like to see the OCP finalized, a landfill transfer site in the village, a new multi-purpose community centre built, a strong vision and strategic plan developed which will enable us to target businesses and commercial ventures to choose Radium.

What  distinguishes me as a candidate?

Over the last three years I have been actively working for and with members of the community at public events, on their behalf around the region, and worked with the current council to work through this aftermath of the boom.

I am very fortunate to be in a place in my life where I can devote a lot of time to this role which I believe makes me an asset to the community.


DON DEVLIN:

What’s your background?

I have lived and worked in the valley for the last 10 years. I have been involved in Radium as a councillor since 2008 and have been active with numerous committees and clubs such as Invermere / Radium Rotary, Columbia Valley Cycling Society, Columbia Valley Recreation society, Columbia Valley Classic Car Club, and have coached minor hockey.

What is the main issue facing the village?

The main issue facing Radium is the lack of economic sustainability year round, which has unfortunately affected many people throughout the valley. We are seeing people leave to relocate where there is more opportunity either job-wise or business-wise. In Radium, one vital business has closed, Canfor mill. This has caused economic stress as families have been forced to move and businesses to close their doors.

What goals would you like to accomplish?

I would like to address the main issues as a community, as I think it takes a whole community pulling ideas together to create balance and harmony.

I would like to continue to be the voice of the family man to hopefully create an environment in Radium that can attract more families.

Mostly, I love Radium and would like to keep my ear to the ground to fairly represent all residents without bias or personal gain.

What  distinguishes me as a candidate?

I represent an important yet fading group in Radium, as a family man who wants to work and play here.

I also will commit to doing all the research and homework necessary to make the most fair  decisions for people and business in Radium; saying that, I will always listen and take seriously any concerns or issues that come my way.


TODD LOGAN:

What’s your background?

I have been a resident of the Columbia Valley for over 40 years and a resident of Radium since 1993. I am married and have two children (16 and 18). I have been employed by a local propane company for the past 23 years.

When I moved to Radium I joined the Radium Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and I have been an active member for 18 years.  I have also been a volunteer at many community events in Radium.

What is the main issue facing the village?

I think, like many small communities right now, one of the main issues is employment — keeping people in Radium and working on attracting more to move here permanently.

What goals would you like to accomplish?

I would like to work towards further beautification of Radium, such as better signage directing people to village amenities and businesses, landscaping, lighting and general cleanliness. Because we do promote ourselves as a ‘walking Village’,   I would also like to see the further addition of walking trails and biking paths around the village.

A potential renovation to the Community Hall in order to create a more usable and modern space would be a huge asset to the community.

I realize that the village works within a budget and that there are only so many dollars to go around. I respect what past councils have done since I moved here 18 years ago and I am eager to see what can be accomplished in the upcoming term.

What  distinguishes me as a candidate?

I am a long time valley and Radium resident with no intention of moving away any time soon. I am a thoughtful, conscientious and reliable citizen. I bring to the table a genuine interest and dedication to help Radium become an even more attractive, vibrant and well established place to live and visit. I am a neighbour, friend, volunteer and hopefully a future councillor. Thank you.

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