Keli Westgate

Keli Westgate

Vernon-Monashee | vrm@bcgreens.ca

I believe that people deserve a clear choice in this election. In order for our democracy to work, people have to participate, and I hope to inspire many more people to get involved as this is not the time to sit on the sidelines. I appreciate the Green's commitment to ethics, being the only party to not accept corporate and union donations, to stand firmly against any new fossil fuel infrastructure and to allow their candidates to speak for the local people, not just the party interests. With a focus on health at all levels, be it water, land or air quality, access to doctors and active transportation networks, I will be a voice that looks at the issue holistically, not in silos. "Business as usual" isn't working for the average person so I will promote ideas that support all ages, income levels, abilities and businesses. There is so much potential in our valley that just needs a new perspective to fully realize it.

About Keli

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With a background in multimedia production and communications, Westgate is currently employed in the waste management sector, specifically in commercial organic food waste composting. As the Sales and Marketing Manager for Spa Hills Compost, Westgate travels around the Okanagan and Shuswap helping businesses reduce their waste by diverting it from landfills. She is involved in efforts to get residential curbside composting going in both Salmon Arm and Vernon. Westgate is also a Director for the non-profit Sustainable Environment Network Society whose mission is to improve water, land and air quality on a local level. Westgate presented to the City of Vernon and the Regional District of the North Okanagan to get them to agree to become Blue Dot Communities, a David Suzuki Foundation program that seeks to protect the health of the community through environmental protection. Westgate is also a Certified Permaculture Designer, which is a landscape and lifestyle design method that looks at not just gardens, but how we can live more sustainably, with a lower footprint, while producing food and building community. Westgate has a Certificate in Liberal Studies from the University of British Columbia. During her time in the communications industry in Vancouver, Westgate worked with high level professional Associations, on both a National and Provincial level.

After high school Westgate spent a year in the Netherlands as a Rotary Exchange student, giving her not just a second language, but a new perspective on culture, transportation and international issues.

Upon her return she was hired by the Ministry of the Attorney General, Youth Programs Division as a workshop facilitator on the topic of Gang and Youth Violence prevention. For this work she travelled all around the province speaking to students in schools, seniors, at youth detention centres and more.

Westgate has worked in the film industry in both Vancouver and Toronto and currently also does voiceover work in the Okanagan. She also spent a year on the Board of the Historic O'Keefe Ranch, where she assisted in the development of a new website and social media presence for them. With her background in public speaking, Westgate has been asked to speak on local sustainability initiatives, social media training, and alternative housing.

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