Castlegar mayor is role model of creativity

Castlegar mayor is role model of creativity

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff is not just our civic leader, he is a great example of a creative person as well.

Mayor Chernoff loves to build things, including a spectacular playhouse he built for his grandson Aiden. The eight-foot by 12-foot playhouse is solidly constructed from untreated landscape ties that Mayor Chernoff obtained from Atco Wood Products in Fruitvale.

It includes details such details as Plexiglas windows, a large front porch (with kid-sized deck chairs) and a cedar shake roof. The door is a perfect height for a child and features a stainless steel door knob, at the request of his grandson. His grandson loves it and the mayor loved building it.

Mayor Chernoff had a lot of help in constructing the playhouse from his good friend, Sharon Andrews, who is also a neighbour of Chernoff’s daughter. The two of them smile with pride and satisfaction when talking about the project. It took them about two weeks to construct. Mayor Chernoff designed the project and the two of them problem-solved together as they built it.

Building with wood is a passion for Mayor Chernoff. Most recently, he built gardening boxes for his wife Jodi.

Projects like the ones completed by Mayor Chernoff are great examples of the creative energy that exists in Castlegar. 150+ Creative Acts is a project by the Kootenay Gallery.

We are looking for examples of your creativity. Between now and July 29, we encourage folks to keep track of creative acts that you are doing.

We also encourage you to try something new — learn the ukulele, design a dress, write a poem, draw a tree, design a web page or do anything else that requires creativity.

Please send in photos and a line or two about what you did to

Follow us on Facebook (150 Creative Acts) or check in to our website ( to see photos of your friends’ and neighbours’ creative acts.

Celebrate Canada this summer by creating something original – we dare you.