Candidates in the Sept. 30 Kamloops civic by-election are invited to make submissions to ArmchairMayor.ca 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 Bill Sarai:
To my fellow Kamloops Citizens,
My name is Bill Sarai and I am a letter carrier at Canada Post, having done so for the past 30 years and have lived happily in Kamloops for 22 years now.
I have volunteered for the following organizations:
CUPW member 1988-Present
Norbrock Soccer Executive Committee 1996-2000
A.E. Perry Elementary School PAC Executive 1996-2005
Coached Girl’s Youth Soccer Team 1996-2005
Kamloops Sikh Cultural Society Executive Committee 1998-2000. Member 1995-Present
City of Kamloops Social Planning Committee 1-term, 2000-2003
Coached Boy’s Youth Soccer Team 2005-2010
Western Canada Summer Games Volunteer 2011
Being a letter carrier for Canada Post in Kamloops the past 22 years I have heard first-hand the type of problems our citizens are facing. My hope is to bring a different, working-class voice to the table that has been missing at City Hall, The Voice of the People!
Taxes continue to increase in Kamloops and public services continue to lack throughout the City. I can no longer tolerate seeing senior citizens try to make their way through unplowed sidewalks, tourists struggle to park Downtown, and the disconnect between City Hall and its citizens growing due to issues such as the pesticides ban and the poorly planned recycling program that has been forced upon us.
This is just one example of the many I see and hear working among the public each and every day. My focus will be to strengthen the local economy by growing/adding small, medium and large businesses so that taxpayers are not burdened more and more each year and to continue to grow upon the strengths Kamloops possesses in the forms of wineries, golf courses, walking trails and sports fields to name a few.
I am not limited in scope to one area of town, my wife works downtown, my two daughters have attended TRU and my youngest is currently enrolled at South Kamloops Secondary for his Grade 12 year. The diversity my family possesses makes me aware of the many issues surrounding various neighborhoods, schools, and businesses.
Our Downtown core is in need of a severe upgrade and revitalization, yet we must not race into rash decisions, wasting public funds such has recently been seen with the Daily News building getting turned into a parking lot.
I pledge to listen to each and every concern the citizens of Kamloops may have and I promise to always be their voice if I am so lucky to be elected to Kamloops City Council this Fall.