Christy Wheeldon is running for Cranbrook city council in an upcoming byelection on Oct. 21. Photo submitted.

Christy Wheeldon jumps into byelection race

Long-time Cranbrook resident seeking vacant council seat in upcoming byelection.

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Long-time Cranbrook resident Christy Wheeldon has submitted her nomination papers for the upcoming City of Cranbrook byelection to seek the council seat left vacant by recently elected MLA Tom Shypitka.

Christy Wheeldon is a long time Cranbrook resident, having moved here in late 1990`s fresh out of college and quickly found a love for the community and the people.

She jumped into community service as a teenager, starting off with the Victorian Order of Nurses. After arriving in the city, she joined the Kinette Club of Cranbrook where she embraced the motto, ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Needs.’

Through the Kinette Club, she became passionate about the community, the people and the needs of Cranbrook. She also met her husband after moving to the city, where they have settled and are raising two children.

Recently, Christy has focused her volunteer and community service work into her children’s school by coordinating special events, fundraisers and literacy initiatives. She is a former health care professional working in senior care-recreation therapy with a specialization in gerontology. Christy was also the World Host Facilitator for the region, delivering the province’s acclaimed customer service program to business, groups and organizations.

Christy always has a community project on the go. She is currently the Chairperson of the Sam Steele Society and has used her organizational skills and community knowledge to help grow the festival into the largest of its kind in the Kootenays.

Christy has a deep sense of the value of giving back to the community and of creating a safe, healthy and clean environment for her children and all residents. As a family, and with help from many friends, one of Christy’s great joys is converting her garage into a Haunted House at Halloween. She has seen the power of community events and how they can pull people together and build community spirit.

She is fiscally conservative and socially responsible, committed to spending our tax dollars wisely and with respect for the taxpayers of Cranbrook. Her short-term goals include continuing with roads and infrastructure upgrades, economic development, Joseph Creek restoration, Cranbrook revitalization and the general enhancement of quality of life for all residents.

She feels the current council is doing a great job and moving Cranbrook in the right direction. She is planning on running a positive campaign by focusing on the city’s own mission statement — ‘to be a successful and progressive community and to preserve and further enhance the high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens.’

Christy has been working for and with the community for nearly two decades. From laying sod in a park to being the Chairperson of the Sam Steele Society, no job has been too big or small.

Christy has a strong social conscience and has participated in numerous other community organizations and events with her family. She has been and always will be committed to the community.

On Oct. 21, Christy is asking for your support in the local byelection for Cranbrook city council. While a voting location has yet to be determined by election officials, advance voting opportunities have been set for Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.

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