A Syilx woman and Vernon School District trustee has announced her candidacy for Vernon city council.
Jenelle Brewer, a well-known Vernon resident, will give up her trustee seat to run for the council spot in the Oct. 15 municipal election.
“My intention has always been to enter civic politics because I believe in bringing local solutions to issues,” Brewer said. “As a longtime resident of Vernon and as a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), I have developed a wide circle of influence, and I believe I have the experience and the skills to make a real difference in people’s lives
Brewer is proud of her work as recovery manager for the OKIB, where she oversees efforts to rebuild the community. She also works with evacuated people to get them back home in the wake of last summer’s White Rock Lake wildfire, which destroyed homes along Westside Road.
Brewer has served two terms as an OKIB councillor and has also been the director on several volunteer boards in the Vernon area.
“I bring people together,” she said. “I’ve got a proven track record of accomplishing the goals I set for myself and that comes about through efficient, full, transparent, and complete work. No shortcuts.
“I’ve lived in the area for over 30 years, currently residing in downtown Vernon, so I know the dynamics and challenges of the community,” she said.
There are five key points to Brewer’s platform: climate change, fighting discrimination, community safety, economic development and housing.