The Salmon Arm Observer asked the three mayoralty candidates, Nancy Cooper, Alan Harrison and Jim Kimmerly, to provide a brief bio as well as a short video outlining why they are running and anything else they would like people to know about them.
Their videos and bios are below, attached alphabetically.
Having lived in Salmon Arm most of my life and raising my family here, I am quite familiar with our wonderful city. My background includes 25 years family construction business partner, 20 years Okanagan College instructor, five years Business Manager for CMHA, active community volunteer for many years for non-profit organizations, as well as serving one term as city councillor and two terms as mayor.
I was raised in Salmon Arm on a rural property at the foot of Mt. Ida. Following graduation, I worked at Federated Co-op, to help fund my schooling. After graduating from UBC, my wife and I went north. After five years in Tumbler Ridge, we returned to Salmon Arm, where I worked as a school principal for 29 years. Debbie and I loved raising our three boys here. I have served on City Council for 19 years. Recently retired, I have the time, experience and skills to be your mayor.
Jim is a resident of Salmon Arm, having lived here for 18 years. He operated a successful downtown financial services business for 16 years helping people with their financial goals. Jim became very active in the community with service in the Shuswap Rotary Club, Downtown Improvement Association and the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, becoming president of each organization. He also served as a director on the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. Jim is married, enjoys biking, golf and investing.