Why run for Council?

Gail is proud of the significant work that has been completed in the past two terms, to name a few:

  • the completion of John Hindle Drive and a safe cycle route to UBCO;
  • successful negotiation and near completion of Okanagan Rail Trail;
  • opening of the new Police Services building, Innovation Centre and IHA Community services building;
  • the Journey Home Strategy, Healthy Cities Strategy -Healthy Housing and Climate Action Plan;
  • renewal of 10-year Capital Plan
  • completion Imagine Kelowna public consultation;

Gail is honored to have been a part of this work and is excited to be engaged in and leading the next stages of our development.

In the next term, the completion of our Transportation Masterplan and update to Official Community Plan are significant projects that will benefit from veteran knowledge and established relationships. As well, we will move into ImagineNext the implementation phase of ImagineKelowna, the most significant and comprehensive public consultation in Kelowna’s history!

It is through leadership experience and relationship building skills that Gail will ensure we fully leverage both current and future opportunities, maintain the trust and confidence of those investing in our community and effectively implement the numerous projects and strategies already under way.

What does Gail believe in?

Gail Given believes that a strong and vibrant community relies on a growing economy, a Council that is prepared and open for opportunity and community resources that are connected and aligned to meet the challenges of the future. Relationship building and collaboration are paramount to leveraging our finite city resources and providing the best possible services to the citizens of Kelowna.

A vibrant and sustainable Kelowna has at its core:

  • A confident business community;
  • A healthy level of growth and development ;
  • Efficient and effective use of taxpayer’s dollars;
  • A dynamic arts and culture community;
  • Strong housing policy;
  • Effective, integrated transportation plan;
  • A respect for our agricultural background and tourism driven economy;
  • Respect for environmental values, water and air shed, prepared for climate change;
  • A strong social net that supports our citizens, our youth, our seniors and our most vulnerable;

Gail’s vision is a city that is full of opportunities for all or our citizens:

  • Career potential / strong economy;
  • Connected and supported social network;
  • Attractive and affordable housing options, increased availability of rental properties, city homes, and small lot developments.
  • Healthy Lifestyle (Air shed, water shed, parks, active living);
  • Improved Transportation (multi modal corridors, expanded Rapid Bus);
  • Vibrant Town Centres;
  • Active Arts, Culture and Social scene.

Click here to read about Gail's commitment and why she is a great candidate for the next City Council.