Council profiles

District of Mission: Personal bios for council candidates in Abbotsford - Council

  • Nov. 7, 2014 5:00 p.m.

Carol Hamilton

Education:

Graduated from senior high school and continued my education on the job.

Occupation:

Retired in 2013 after a career in banking with  TD Canada Trust and Envision Financial in Mission.

Political experience:

School Trustee for Mission Public Schools for past nine years.

Residency:

Mission

Community Activity:

Rotarian; Fraser House board member; director on the Chamber of Commerce; board member Mission Foundation. Involved in the BC Winter Games hosted by Mission.

 

Ronn Harris

Political slate: CRMG

Education:

BA, SFU, double major in economics and commerce

Occupation:

Self-employed horticulturalist/contractor

Political experience:

Served a previous three-year term on Mission council

Community Activity:

Previous director and presidency Canadian Homebuilder’s Association (Fraser Valley chapter); previous executive director and chair, Fraser Valley Credit Union (now Prospera); provided a miniature free “petting zoo” and park for the enjoyment of the neighbourhood.

 

Attila Davalovsky

Political slate: CRMG

Occupation:

Manager in food and beverage

Residency:

Mission

Community activity:

Chamber of Commerce (director), events committee

 

Jim Hinds

Education:

Instructor diploma in adult education.

Occupation:

Electrical safety trainer

Residency:

Mission

Community involvement:

President Mission Agriculture Association 1986-1994; Mission Art Council Christmas Craft Fair Committee1986- 2014; Mission Candlelight Parade Marshall & Committee Organizer 1994-2014; Mission Raceway 1991-2005 volunteer and club member.

Chamber Tourism committee member.

 

Barry Jeske

Education:

Apprenticeship and Trade School.

Occupation:

Funeral director and embalmer, self-employed in Abbotsford and Mission.

Residency:

Surrey. I work at our business in Abbotsford and I help out at my wife’s business in Mission and am planning to relocate to Mission.

Community

involvement:

Volunteer at church.

 

Rhett Nicholson

Education:

Graduate of the Art Institute of Vancouver

Occupation:

Small business owner (Sue’s Copy Place).

political experience:

Board member Downtown Business Association;

President of the Mission Optimist Club.

Residency:

Mission.

Community involvement:

Creator and organizer of Missionfest Downtown Street Fair;  creator and youth adviser for the Junior Optimist Club of Mission and the CBC-recognized magazine “Optimix”;

Organizer Safe Halloween trick-or-treating downtown Mission; marketing for Rockin’ River Musicfest; volunteer for: Canada Day; Adopt – a – Block; MAC Children Festival; Riot of Reading; Fire Safety Week; Street Hope (Feeding the Hungry); BC Day; and Youth Week.

 

Shazad Shah

Education:

BSc Biology

Occupation:

Education assistant School District #34

political experience:

Provincial campaign volunteering, elected to UNBC Senate.

Residency:

Mission.

Community involvement:

Employed by MACL; volunteered with MAC, MCSS, CFUR; board member of PGPIRG; Community resource volunteer with UBC Campout.

 

Terry Stobbart

Education:

University education (not finished BA)

Occupation:

Retired

political experience:

Ran in Abbotsford civic election in 2011; NDP candidate for Mission/Abbotsford

Residency:

Mission

Community activity:

Early Childhood and family literacy groups in Abbotsford. Held positions in PACS and political boards in Abbotsford and Mission; volunteer with the Mission Air Cadet program

 

 

Rich Vigurs

Education:

Graduate from Capilano University Outdoor Recreation Program

Occupation:

Entrepreneur.

Residency:

Hatzic.

Community activity:

Served on the executive of the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association.

 

 

Terry Gidda

Education:

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education

Political experience:

Councillor, District of Mission from 2005 to 2011

Residency:

Resident of Mission for more than 45 years

Community activity:

Citizen`s Advisory Committee, Mission Medium Institution ; Citizens Advisory Committee, Regional Parole; Recreation Commission-Leisure services Committee; Mission and District Lions Club – more than 26 years; Trustee Mission Memorial Hospital