Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kim Tassone and I was born in Trail and raised in Castlegar. I have been happily married to my husband Bruno for 41 yrs. We have 3 children and 7 amazing grandchildren. Family is very important to me. I was self employed for 25 yrs after which I became a paramedic, then a school bus driver. I enjoy reading and crafts, sports and I enjoy volunteering such as The Castlegar Rebels, IRIS, Pass Creek Fall Fair.
What is the biggest issue you see facing the area and how would you address it?
The biggest issue I understand is water supply and distribution. I hope I could help by looking at grants, understanding by-laws, and the biggest thing I could do to address this issue is to be an outspoken advocate with the Regional District, Provincial and Federal Govts.
What are your top three regional district priorities?
I believe the 3 top Regional Districts priorities are water, healthcare, and understanding and listening to the wants and needs of the district. I feel I have to understand what the constituents are looking for.
What type of development would you like to see in the regional district, and what steps would you take to attract it?
I would like to see responsible housing development. e.g., carriage houses and rentals. Again, the only way I believe this can be a possibility is to address the water issue and looking at bylaws that contain environmentally, cost effective resources. As an example, for new development, making a provision or bylaw for a cistern that will collect rain water for watering etc.
What skills or experience do you have that would make you a good director?
As a former business person, I understand the bottom line. We have to be able to move forward respectfully while keeping financial costs balanced. As a former paramedic I defiantly understand all aspects of healthcare. I also understand how the system works. As a mother I understand the need to make things better for our children. You will not find anyone that will work harder and who cares more.
Why should local residents vote for you?
I ask residents to vote for me because I am community minded, hardworking, open minded with an open-door policy. I believe I am personable and the biggest reason I ask residents to vote for me…. is because I care.