A returning mayor and a brand new council will form the next
government in the Village of Pemberton.
Incumbent Jordan Sturdy, who’s just completed his first term as mayor,
will assume the post again after being elected with almost three times the
votes of his challenger, departing councillor David MacKenzie.
Sturdy took 552 votes, while MacKenzie garnered 191.
“I’m looking forward to the next three years,” Sturdy said.
“This next three years is going to be an important time for Pemberton and I’m
glad to be involved.”
He said one of his biggest priorities in his second term will
be initiating a governance restructure study that will examine how to better incorporate
residents of Area C.
When someone says they’re from Pemberton, it doesn’t always
mean they’re from the village — they could just as easily live in Area C,
which boasts approximately 2,600 people and is governed by a regional district
board rather than a local government.
Sturdy hopes that a governance restructuring can be done at the
same time as a hoped-for boundary expansion that could bring 20 new areas into
“I don’t think you can overemphasize the importance of
redefining and recreating Pemberton into one Pemberton,” he said. “We have to
have a foundation to build on as a single community. And whether that’s
Pemberton and all of Area C or part of Area C, that’s the issue that needs to
be decided by all the people who live here.”
Not a single councillor will be returning as all four of the
incumbents decided not to run again. There are, however, faces familiar to
Pemberton that will be taking seats at the new council.
Ted Craddock, a former councillor in Squamish and Fort Nelson,
was the top vote-getter with 570.
“I don’t think there’s any loser when you put your name forward
in a community for an elected position,” he said. “I know the folks that aren’t
going to be sitting at the table are still going to be working hard to make Pemberton
a good place to live.”
Susie Gimse, who has served as director of Squamish-Lillooet
Regional District Electoral Area C for 15 years and will continue to do so, was
elected to council with 433 votes.
Lisa Ames is also a familiar face to Pembertonians. A realtor
with the Whistler Real Estate Company famous for her “I believe in Pemberton”
slogan, she took a council seat with 552 votes, the second highest total.