I would like to introduce myself, Rick Smith – I am running for Area J Director for R.D.C.K. I am community minded, responsible and reliable.
I moved to Robson in 1981 with my wife Donna who was born in Grand Forks and raised in Robson and graduated from SHSS. My wife works for the Castlegar RCMP and has been at the Detachment for over 26 years.
We enjoy the lifestyle that a rural community has to offer with all the benefits of living near a larger City like Castlegar.
I worked for Selkirk College when we first moved to Robson, from there I worked for the Provincial Government as a Problem Wildlife Contractor handling wildlife complaints for over 20 years, as well as Animal Control Officer for nearly 25 years.
These occupations have given me the skills to deal with everyday problems that people have as well as emergency situations that need immediate response.
I have always believed in giving back to the Community that you live in. My wife Donna and I started the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society in 1995.
I am very proud of being President of the Pass Creek Exhibition Society, it has been a lot of hard work for the past 23 years and being voted Best Small Fair in BC in 2013 was an honour
I am committed to my community and the people that live within it. I believe that when there is a problem or an issue you deal with it in a timely manner. You attend meetings, work as a team player and listen to what the public has to say.
This election, Gordon Zaitsoff will be running for Area J Director for RDCK.
For the past 12 years Zaitsoff has held this position and he believes that with re-election he can continue to improve Area J and connect with it’s residents.
“Because I was key in developing the official community plans for Area J, I fully understand what the people want, what their needs are and what they want to see their community sculpted into,” Zaitsoff said.
Zaitsoff’s confidence stems from having heard no negative feedback from any of the projects he has tackled in Area J.
“It has all been positive, and that promotes the area,” he commented.
It’s much more than past projects being brought up with Zaitsoff, he has many plans for the future of Area J.
Ootischenia, Waterloo Eddy will become a regional park. Through close work with the transportation department road improvements will be pursued and FortisBC has agreed to conduct a feasibility study to bring power to the lower Arrow Lake area.
Zaitsoff says this will lead to potential economic development.
In closing, Zaitsoff added, “We have so much potential between Castlegar and Area J, but sometimes one side doesn’t know what the other is doing. If I can do both Area J director and Mayor it will be history for these two areas and what it does is get everyone working a lot closer. That’s the focus.”