BY-ELECTION – Jim Michals: Kamloops needs ‘a fresh leader who can serve’

Candidates in the Sept. 30 Kamloops civic by-election are invited to make submissions to on their platforms, biographical information, contact information or specific issues. Please keep them to 550 words or less. The following is from candidate for councillor Jim Michals:

Jim Michals has a varied and extensive work background. While living in Kamloops previously he built up a successful consulting practice over 13 years, culminating in a strategic and diverse portfolio of over 35 clients, the majority of which are still active in the Kamloops region.

Since that time, Jim has worked with clients in a variety of industries and countries, predominantly government, post-secondary institutions, crown corporations, Aboriginal and First Nations institutions, as well as  charitable nonprofits.

Jim Michals.

During his career, Jim worked internationally with several organizations including the Government of Saudi Arabia, the Country of Jordan and the largest and most effective non-profit health organization in West Africa.

He has served as an arbitrator and professional human rights investigator in Western Canada and a municipality peace officer in Sun Peaks. Most recently he served as executive director of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association, a start-up professional union organization representing 1,700 faculty instructors.

Jim is an alignment and integration expert and is currently writing a book on peacemaking. His career has illustrated his desire to make things right. He has often been called an organization and governance plumber.

Jim holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queens University, He is fluent in French, German, West African Pidgeon and is continuing to improve his Arabic.

Jim is married to his cherished wife of 37 years, Shelley.  They have three adult children and one grandchild, all of whom currently reside in Alberta. Jim is a jazz trombonist and an avid cyclist.

Jim also tries to find time to enjoy fishing and compound bow hunting.

Jim has taken interviews with CBC, CTV, Thompson Rivers University Student Society and Kamloops This Week and has received welcome positive coverage. His 14-point draft policy is subject to daily improvement and change. He is campaigning as an independent and personally supports Ken Christian for Mayor.

Jim feels that …”a fresh leader who can serve” is what Kamloops needs in the two councilor byelection vacancies. He is concerned that we have no strong presence on the TNRD. He is more concerned that current provincial government instability and federal government spending will negatively impact Kamloops citizens. He will act to prevent this and improve our community and quality of all life for all ages, ethnic heritage, races and income levels. He will speak for the people and get things done.

He has a proven record of advocacy and speaks his mind directly, boldly and courageously. He understands his times and knows what to do.

He plays trombone and is kind to small animals. His 91-year-old mother tells him to not be ..”the smartest person in the room”  and …”listen more than talk.”  He listens and heeds his mother and other equally wise counsellors. His favourite author is CS Lewis and favourite leader is the Biblical David. He has a sling shot and uses it effectively. His latest book read is …” Red Notice” by Bill Browder-a New York Times Best Seller.”


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2 Comments on BY-ELECTION – Jim Michals: Kamloops needs ‘a fresh leader who can serve’

  1. Carolyn Bilkey // September 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM // Reply

    Mr. Rothenburger, first let me thank you for the amazing write ups on the individual candidates for City Council? I am wondering if you are able to tell me, besides the candidate who is totally in favour of Ajax Mine, what is Ken Christian’s stance on said Mine! Also, which other candidates are in favour of this disaster above our heads, thank you, again
    Carolyn Bilkey

    • Mel Rothenburger // September 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM // Reply

      Ken resigned before council took its vote on Ajax. He had not taken a position before the vote, but said afterward he would have voted against the mine but also favoured attaching conditions if it goes ahead. He was on the committee that negotiated the community compensation agreement with KGHM. Here’s the link to my column on the vote. Of the other candidates for mayor, Bill McQuarrie has long been opposed to Ajax. Stu Holland supports Ajax. I haven’t seen the positions of Todd McLeod, Mike McKenzie and Glenn Hilke on Ajax.

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