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Coldstream candidate advocates for environment

Simone Runyan is a mother, volunteer and biologist with roots in the community
Simone Runyan

A biologist, parent and volunteer with roots in Coldstream is looking to better serve her community.

Simone Runyan hopes to claim a seat on council in the Oct. 15 election.

“I care about this community and the people who live here. I want our community to stay wonderful and to advocate for its social, environmental, and economic needs,” said Runyan, who grew up in the community and is now raising her own family there.

She is president for the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake and also a board member with the Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, soccer coach and involved PAC member.

“I am always thinking about ways to improve systems to make them work better for people and the planet.”

In addition to protecting local water and air quality, Runyan is keen on supporting farmers, farm-gate businesses and local processing to help the community become more resilient to supply chain issues.

“I’d love to see a new Coldstream Farmers & Artisans Market. I would like to see a vibrant community that is enjoyed by families, working people and retirees of all backgrounds, with a variety of housing available, including smaller, more energy efficient, beautifully built homes.”

She would like to see a walkway at Kal Beach and a low stone wall with flower beds to replace the current chain link fence.

Runyan says the glass plant property is ideal for clean industry, with rail transport available and hopes to see businesses there such as sustainable appliance repair, food manufacturing and sales coordination.

“As costs rise, stressing households and families, I hope we can build resilience by supporting local businesses and looking for new, green opportunities that can strengthen our community and provide jobs, but don’t harm air and water quality.

“I support the development of trails, accessible public transportation, and a shift away from fossil fuels. I am encouraged by the potential for regenerative agriculture to build soil and capture carbon. I grew up on an organic farm and I value farming and food production as important and often under-appreciated work. We are facing a biodiversity crisis globally and Coldstream can do its part to allow wildlife to persist by ensuring wildlife corridors are part of development planning and promoting the retention of hedgerows and green spaces. Core areas within protected areas are needed for large mammals such as coyotes and bears to have secure den sites.”

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Jennifer Smith

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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