Connie Sahlmark

Penticton

Connie Sahlmark

Penticton | pen@bcgreens.ca

My vision for the Okanagan is to develop jobs in other markets than the service industry. We live in the land of peaches and beaches but there are challenges retaining members of the workforce. Benefits of engaging the emerging clean energy and tech sectors as the backbone of our economy not only provides well-paying jobs but will lower the cost of living. We humans resist change but when I remember when I first learned to ride a bike and no longer had to walk everywhere, or when I became a new driver – it was fantastic! Change can be great! Climate change is here but it does not have to be a negative. This can be a tremendous opportunity. And the best place to be when opportunity knocks is at the forefront. We have the natural resources, the workforce, education/training centres; all that is needed is the political will to seize it. And B.C. Greens under Andrew Weaver are committed to pursuing sustainable broadly-based economic prosperity.

I am not a career politician. My background is in sustainable building and clean energy. If elected MLA, I can provide a strong edge in promoting green technology and the Okanagan.

About Connie

Connie Sahlmark has resided in the Penticton area for just over 13 years. She has had experience in many sectors of the economy from service to trades. She was a full-time student for the past three years at Okanagan College taking the Sustainable Construction Management Technologies program which focuses on green building, renewable energy and resource conservation. The program was a perfect fit for her as it aligns with her core values of responsible environmental stewardship and social justice. She has a seat on the Okanagan College Education Council for three consecutive years now. Even with such a full schedule she makes time for participating in the Cycle for a Cure for Children’s Cancer campaign, Bike to work week events, volunteering in past Ironman Grandfondo events.

Connie participated last year in two protests against commercialization of local public parks, volunteered with the Save Skaha Park Society, as well as writing editorials and attending council meetings to speak to the issue. She also participated in the Engage Penticton “kitchen table conversations” put on by Penticton City Hall. A favourite quote of hers is Edward Abbey’s ‘Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.’ She acts on her beliefs and she believes in her vision for the Penticton riding.

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