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I have grown up in Kelowna over the past 37 years. This is home, I have learned, worked, and played in this community. Living here, has highlighted the important balance of work and play. In 2015, I married my wonderful wife Mani Dhial, and we have two beautiful children together.

 

From an early age, I invested my time with youth, coaching various sports at Rutland Senior Secondary school and several youth leagues. Eventually, I took my passion into the Kelowna Men’s Soccer League and organizing community tournaments.

For 15 years, I worked at Shaw Communications in conjunction with our national leadership team and stakeholders, eventually earning the position of regional manger for the Thompson Okanagan and Northern BC Region. After a strong career at Shaw Communications, I made the decision to follow my dream of working with children and youth. I returned to school to become an early childhood educator. In 2019, I was awarded the prestigious ECE BC Sue Fraser Award for my innovative leadership and desire to make positive changes in the sector.

 

Over the course of my career, I have collaborated with leaders in the community, development planners, small business owners and the agricultural and educational sectors. I have also worked closely with the Kelowna Food Bank, Okanagan Sun, Kelowna Rockets (you may have seen me on the ice with the microphone in my hands!), Okanagan College and University of British Columbia Okanagan.

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WHAT I STAND FOR

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Housing & Equal Opportunity

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES

Finding Balanced Solutions

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Reducing Crime & Homelessness

AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

Traffic, Development & Tourism

SMALL BUSINESSES

Supporting Our Local Community

GENERATIONAL GROWTH

Childcare & Continuing Education

What does being a Kelowna City Councillor mean to me?

Becoming a City Councillor would mean that I am here to serve our community. We have four years to make a lasting impact on our city. I will help bring forward your vision of what the future of Kelowna could be. This is our opportunity to ensure our industries of tourism, agriculture, development, technology and education are safeguarded for the future while continuing to thrive.

Q & A

Frequently asked questions about myself and what I stand for.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

I am doing this because I have always been invested in the growth of Kelowna. I have seen many of its successes and I want to continue to give back. I want the community to feel safe and have affordable and equal opportunities. I want this for my children and everyone that calls Kelowna home. 

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A CITY COUNCILLOR?

I am personally invested in Kelowna and want to give back. I believe I have already started the journey for positive change and growth with my experience in the corporate industry, various organizations and being a small business owner. In essence I want to give back to the community and help others.

WHAT KEY ISSUES DO YOU WANT TO ADDRESS?

I am here to be accessible to our community and be the voice of the people who live in it. Over the years, we’ve seen our aging infrastructure being pushed to its limit each year through traffic, development, and tourism. Safety has always been of high concern as well. I want to focus on what our community needs such as implementing programs to reduce crime and homelessness. I want our community to embrace diversity, feel safe and be able to access the wonderful amenities and opportunities the Okanagan has to offer.

WHAT ARE YOU ADVOCATING FOR?

I am advocating for positive growth and to uphold a strong social responsibility for those living in Kelowna. We need to bring stability and meet the needs of our diverse and growing population, of young families, retirees and business owners. We need to implement programs that allows our community to succeed and feel safe now and for the future.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

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