The Fraser-Nicola area of the province is a beautiful, stunning, and diverse place for us to live. We have been on the front line of so many emergencies and disasters these last few years. I want to ensure that our towns and cities are safe, affordable, and sustainable communities.
I have spent my time in Lillooet working on making sure that the voices of people are heard at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. I want to continue to do that as your MLA where I can have a positive impact on how decisions are made that affect all of us.
Positive change is the way forward, I have always believed that. My work in the community has demonstrated that and I look forward to seeing that positivity continue to grow. I have heard your concerns about many issues in our communities from hunting and fishing, fire and flooding danger, to hospital closures. We can fix these things and we will if we work together and listen to each other.
After obtaining his bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, Jonah worked for the Alberta Government conducting FireSmart surveys in small communities from the Rockies to the boreal forest.
After a winter working for the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he moved to Jasper and worked for Parks Canada for two summers as a park interpreter, relating policy choices and climate change to the changing mountains, such as declining caribou herds and retreating glaciers. He worked for the New Zealand Government for their Department of Conservation doing invasive species work on remote islands off the east coast.
Jonah is passionate about birding and wildlife photography, hobbies which compliment his career focus on conservation and collaborative policy.
He moved back to Canada to Lillooet to work with the BC Ministry of Forests as a First Nations Relations Advisor. Here, Jonah met with and formed relationships with the St’at’imc and Nlaka’pamux chiefs and communities in the Fraser Canyon and Merritt areas. He worked on the Big Bar Landslide emergency response, creating a solution that enabled Indigenous governments, the province, and the federal government to work together to come to a shared decision-making table. This was one of the first examples of this happening in an emergency.
Jonah and his wife also organized the first Lillooet and Area Bioblitz and continue to do so every year with the help of the Lillooet Naturalist Society. He founded the Lillooet Community Volunteer Invasives Team that works to remove invasive plants from trails and walkways in Lillooet. Jonah also sits on the BC General Employees Union Local for Area 05, representing workers for his union.