Council candidate: Ken Vanderhoek running in District of Kent

District of Kent: Vanderhoek, Ken - Councillor Candidate

  • Oct. 28, 2014 7:00 p.m.

My Name is Ken Vanderhoek.  I am running for a seat on council in the upcoming election.  Having lived in our community my entire life has defined who I am and what I stand for.  I was raised on our family owned dairy farm and later became a partner in it till the age of 30.  The next 20 years saw me operating the delivery section of Pioneer Fuels here in Agassiz.  With a keen entrepreneurial  spirit, I became self-employed 5 years ago by launching a successful home-based custom woodworking/home reno, repair business, which I still operate today.  It has made me fully aware of the challenges that businesses face.

The following are my main objectives if elected into office November 15, 2014.

Government with transparency

-council meetings are for discussing the public’s issues in a public forum.

-Referring matters back to staff over and over again (without direction) is self defeating.

-In camera meetings (behind closed doors) are for discussing matters of legal service delivery, land and labour only.  They are not for the councils conveinence.

Budgetary Responsibility

-Council deals with OUR tax dollars.  Although staff and council must deal with many complicated, legal and technical issues, common sense must play a larger role in their decision making process.

Management

-Our Staff is responsible for the daily operations of our community.  They must be guided and managed by council.  That is the councils job.

Long Term Goals

Although we live in what many would consider to be a small community we are growing very quickly.  We will need infrastructure in place to support it.  We have many land, traffic and development issues that will need to be dealt with.

Having a keen interest in local politics and a strong desire to serve my community on council, I began going to council meetings on a fairly regular basis a year and a half ago.  Learning the process of local government was my goal.  Many times after leaving a council meeting I felt frustrated.  Today I feel very compelled to make changes that reflect the wishes and needs of the community.

I am a single parent of 2 adult children, Brent and Tamara who also call Agassiz Home.  I am a family man with strong family values and a strong sense of community.  My history of community service include the local fire department, Lions Club, and Citizens Patrol.  Currently I am a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, a role I have had for 5 years.

Council must be YOU`RE VOICE.  If you are looking for someone with a new voice, who will work with enthusiasum, passion and renewed energy, please give me the priviledge and honour of representing you.

Phone: 604-819-9915

email: kenssawdustshop@gmail.com

 

Just Posted

Harrison to replace final incandescent street lights with LEDs

The $186,000 project is the second-phase of a replacement plan for the village

Harrison Hot Springs to consider single-use plastics ban

Village staff will come back to council with a report on what a possible ban could look like

Wonder Pup book series by Chilliwack author teaches kids self-regulation skills

Author Angela Murphy and illustrator Davis Graham release first book Speak Up, Wonder Pup

Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge construction could start in 2021, MLA says

The project is expected to cost substantially more than budgeted in 2017

Fraser Valley developer offering to build barn owl nesting boxes for free

Gore Brothers says anyone with a suitable building can help the threatened raptor

VIDEO: Reading splashes into Agassiz’s Ferny Coombe Pool

The Agassiz Library held its annual Reading in the Pool event Friday, June 14

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Metro Vancouver’s air quality could be the worst yet this wildfire season

As wildfire season approached, Metro Vancouver experts predict the air will be an issue for many

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Update: Multiple fires along the railway tracks in Pitt Meadows

CP rail has closed tracks while firefighters work

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

Most Read