Vernon resident Johanna Zalick's name will be on the Shuswap ballot May 14 as she represents the Advocational International Democratic Party.

Vernon resident Johanna Zalick's name will be on the Shuswap ballot May 14 as she represents the Advocational International Democratic Party.

New candidate added to ballot

Vernon resident Johanna Zalcik, with the Advocational International Democratic Party, in running for Shuswap riding

Shuswap residents have a fifth name to consider on the ballot during the provincial election.

Vernon resident Johanna Zalcik, with the Advocational International Democratic Party, says she decided to let her name stand because she is interested in the area she lives in.

According to Zalcik, health care must be a priority for anyone seeking election.

“A major issue for me is care for the elderly. We need more homes,” she said.

“The elderly are waiting too long to get into long-term care.”

Zalcik is also focused on education.

“We need to teach financial literacy and functionality in our schools,” she said.

When asked about the AID’s goals, Zalcik provided a one-page document.

The document states, “We wish to reformulate standards for a new generation of young people by defining new educational metrics.”

This includes a 5.5-day school week, an emphasis on financial literacy, active trading instruction utilizing simulated real-time trading platforms throughout brokerage houses, business and business ethics, sustainable agriculture and resource management.

Zalcik moved from Edmonton to Vernon in 1989, and she worked at a department store before retiring.