General Local Elections 2022
On October 19, 2022, the TNRD Chief Election Officer declared the following elected, who received the highest number of valid votes or were acclaimed for the offices of Electoral Area Director in their respective areas:
- Usoff Tsao: Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country)
- Lee Onslow: Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters)*
- Jim Smith: Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau)
- Tricia Thorpe: Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country)
- Michael Grenier: Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country)
- Doug Haughton: Electoral Area “L” (Grasslands)
- David Laird: Electoral Area “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – North)*
- Herb Graham: Electoral Area “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South)*
- Jill Hayward: Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson)*
- Lee Morris: Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and Peaks)
* = Acclaimed
Each determination of official election results was made by the Chief Election Officer on October 19, 2022 and is based on ballot accounts as amended or prepared by the Chief Election Officer.
List of Candidates
Below, find Candidate Profiles and Nomination Papers for Candidates in each Electoral Area. Click on each dropdown menu option to find more information.
Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country)
Hi my name is Usoff and I live in Clearwater, the unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation. Prior to moving to Clearwater with my wife and 2 sons, we lived in Hong Kong for 15 years. The majority of my childhood was spent growing up in Vancouver and part of it in Hong Kong before my family immigrated.
My career spanned industries from working for the Canada Customs & Revenue Agency/Canada Border Services Agency to apparel manufacturing to HR consulting and finally setting up my own toy manufacturing facility which I still own before moving back to Canada.
My education background is BA in Psychology from UBC and a MSc in Managerial Leadership from Edinburgh Napier University. In the past year I have enriched my skills by taking various medical and rescue certificates such as OFA3 and EMR, ice rescue, swiftwater rescue, confined space rescue, and S100/185 wildland firefighting training. Locally I have worked for Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department, Yellowhead Services, Tim Hortons, KDC Forestry, OH&S Safety Consulting and currently First Response Inc for the Transmountain Expansion Project.
I look forward to the opportunity and privilege to represent the residents of TNRD Area A on the TNRD Board of Directors to work towards an economically and socially inclusive community for everyone in the TNRD, hand in hand with the Secwepemc Nation.
Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters)
Lee Onslow and her husband Tom spent ten years vacationing in Blue River, enjoying the snowmobiling in the winter soaking up the rays at Eleanor Lake during the hot summer months. They fell in love with Blue River, with its people, with its vast natural resources and with the North Thompson Valley as a whole. They decided to make their stay permeant when they purchased their Blue River home in July 2017.
Since arriving with her family, Lee has been very active in the community of Blue River. She has rallied community members to revitalize and transform the Blue River Community Garden. She has pursued many grant funding opportunities for the community and has organized hundreds of volunteer hours. Lee sits on the board of directors for the Blue River Powder Packers. During her time on the board she was instrumental in renewing the society bylaws and played a large roll in the creation and hiring process for a general manager of the club. Lee is the chair of the Blue River Trails Working Group committee, a committee that has worked closely with Simpcw First Nation, local government, businesses and forestry to create a trails network plan for Blue River. Lee has been a member of the recently dissolved Thompson Headwaters Services Committee, which was an advisory committee to Director Stephen Quinn.
Lee Onslow enjoyed a successful career as a professional saleswoman in the highly competitive oil and gas industry in Calgary prior to her move to Blue River. Her career began when she was hired on as Canada’s second female drilling fluid technologist (mud-man) and worked on the rigs in North East BC for five years. She then utilized her field experience to excel at a sales career for 11 more years, building customer relations, completing technical documents and sales bids, and managing all aspects of multi -million dollar accounts. As well, Lee was on the board of directors for the Calgary Women in Energy and was their technical director for three years.
Lee will commit to working hard for the communities of Blue River and Avola. She will advocate for services based on the needs and wants of the community members. She will ensure their voices are heard at the TNRD Board of Director meetings. Lee understands many of the issues facing our communities and she will bring a wide range of knowledge, life experiences and skills to work for and on behalf of the constituents of Area B. Lee has integrity and she is honest. She has strong ethical principles and has the ability to be a respectful participant in discussions, to understand different points of view and to work collaboratively to achieve common goals.
Lee is passionate about economic diversity, fiscal responsibility, community health and food security.
Lee asks that you give her the opportunity to be entrusted with making decisions that affect the daily lives of the citizens, businesses and organizations within the TNRD.
Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau)
Community-minded Jim has called 70 Mile House his home since 2013; but has enjoyed the beautiful Cariboo area with his family since the 1970s. He worked in management throughout his career and volunteered with both the South Green Lake Volunteer Firehall and Snowmobile Club. His intention is to work with all Area E communities and First Nations groups to improve communication, push for proactive fire smart programs, and develop economic improvement strategies.
I have lived in TNRD Area E since 1986 and represented the constituents of the Area since 2002. As an Electoral Area Director I have assisted Community Associations to access funding for many different projects, including upgrades on Loon Lake Community hall, Green Lake Snowmobile Club and 70 Mile Community Hall. Both Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Department and South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department are now operated by the TNRD. There have, over the years been struggles to keep different Transfer Stations open and to provide services for people who have a difficult time having their voices heard.
Throughout my service in this position, I have produced a monthly update of concerns for area residents that is available in the Clinton Lariat and on Facebook “Director Sally Watson TNRD Area E Bonaparte Plateau”
I have over the years received an education on governance and the workings of Local government. I look forward to continuing serving our communities with transparency and integrity in the use of Taxpayer funds.
There have been many positive changes made in the way the TNRD is operated, and I look forward to working with a new board that may have the same goals of transparency and integrity in the use of Taxpayer funds.
Regional Districts are not in the taxation business, they are in the business of providing services paid for by taxation.
Tel.: 250 395-0278 / 250 456-2423
Facebook: Director Sally Watson TNRD Area E Bonaparte Plateau
Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country)
My story begins in 1988 when I decided, after 16 years in telecommunications, I would move to Spences Bridge and learn the intricacies of becoming a fruit and vegetable farmer.
Dad needed help on the farm and I was a single parent raising three children. My long hours at the phone company meant I was away far to often for the kids and moving to the farm made access to myself (Dad) a 24/7 part of the raising children equation.
My oldest, Kevin, was going into fourth grade, Kyle second and Kristen first grade. To my surprise the Spences Bridge school was a “one room schoolhouse” that taught grades one thru six. However, after the first year it was closed and the kids went to Ashcroft Elementary the following year.
In 1990 I met the most wonderful Paulet who became my wife in 1991, along with her two beautiful girls, Jessica and Andria. Our families became one!
My Dad had taught me how to prune, plough, harvest, market our product at the Hilltop Gardens fruit stand within a short timeframe. There was so much more than I had imagined to the art of farming.
As my comfort level improved my love of community and soccer (which I have played and coached for most of my life) led me to attend many meetings…tourism, steelhead, MOTI, Gold Country etc. I became involved in the community club, often reporting back my observations from the meeting.
My passion for writing kicked in also as I wrote for the local paper and had articles addressing rural concerns also published in the Sun, Province and Kamloops Daily News. In the early nineties I decided to write and publish our own community paper, the “Bridge Bulletin”. It was a labour of love, but keeping the community informed was important and I enjoyed my time in doing so with the paper.
During this time I coached kids soccer for many years in Ashcroft and was playing myself in the Kamloops league a couple times a week. Soccer remains a true passion!
Lastly politics. My lovely wife suggested that instead of complaining (in my articles I sent to the papers) maybe I should run for the TNRD office and see if I could move the needle forward to address some of my concerns. I did just that and ten years later I have had some success at doing just that…loving most every minute.
I consider myself a community advocate that wears the label of a politician.
Tricia Thorpe and her husband lost their retirement dream when their home and farm was totally destroyed in the 2021 Lytton Wildfire that consumed some much of the Lytton Community. Don and Tricia with the help of an incredible group of friends and volunteers are currently rebuilding their hobby farm.
Since the Lytton Wildfire Tricia has been a very vocal and public advocate for the entire community, but in particular for those residing within Area I of the TNRD. Tricia currently serves on both the TLKemchEEn Firesmart Committee and the Lytton Unmet Needs Committee.
Tricia was lured to the Lytton Area in 2008 by her husband Don Glasgow, a 4th generation Lyttonite, and by a desire to return to her rural roots. Tricia has volunteered and served on various local service groups including the Chamber of Commerce, Two Rivers Community Service Society, Riverfest, Lytton Days and Lyttonnet.
Tricia was born in Rossland BC, and she spent her early years on her father’s nearby cattle ranch. Tricia has a strong background in Finance having worked for several major financial institutions and holds designations in both Personal Financial Planning and a Business Development Program for Bankers. Ms. Thorpe served on the board of her housing cooperative as Finance chair, as well as on boards for minor baseball, minor hockey and ringette while residing in the lower mainland with her 4 (now adult) children.
Tricia’s hobbies include spinning, weaving, knitting, cheese making, reading, snowshoeing, camping and hiking.
Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country)
I have lived in Kamloops my entire life and Cherry Creek for 23 years. I am a teacher and business owner in the area. Area J is a large area with diverse interests and sometimes conflicting needs. Fire Protection and consistent, reliable garbage/recycling pick up are areas that are at the forefront for this area at this time. I recognize the importance of representing the interests of all residents in Area J regardless of my personal views.
I’m keen to:
Listen to Area J residents, ranchers, and businesses
Advance your family’s rural and urban lifestyle objectives
Convey your balanced, sensible perspectives at the TNRD Board
Mike understands what makes our TNRD work
– its balance of rural centers, lively resorts, and central service hub
– its lakes, grassland vistas, forests, majestic peaks and parks
– our mix of urban and rural constituents, original Secwepemc peoples, and captivated visitors
Mike understands lifestyle, environment, jobs, and service
- Doreen’s husband, proud father/stepdad of Becca, Ally, Zander, Crit and Dani
- 27-yr. Cherry Creek resident, Kamloops Lake boater, Sun Peaks skier
- BC Agricultural Council member
- Founder of Tobiano, Tobiano Golf Course and Kamloops Lake Marina
- Contributor to Six Mile Lake habitat conservation
- Hosted Cherry Creek Stock Dog Championships and Kamloops Cattle Drive
- Experience across rural TNRD:
⇒ Building community Water Utilities
⇒ Developing High-speed Internet Services
⇒ Establishing a Volunteer Fire Department
⇒ Finding consensus on complex issues
- TNRD Film Commission
- Kamloops Air Services Advisory Committee
- Kamloops Golf Marketing Association
- Past Co-Chair, Friends of the Secwepemc Cultural and Education Society
- Businessperson of the Year, KCC
- Tourism & Hospitality Award, KCC
- Best New Golf Course in Canada – Golf Digest, ScoreGolf
- HBA Degree, Ivey Business School, Western
- Ski Instructor, CSIA
Michael has lived in Savona for over 25 years and relocated here from the Lower Mainland.
As a long-time resident of Savona, he is aware of the challenges that not only his area faces, but all communities within the TNRD. Michael would be committed to learning from his colleagues and educating himself to make informed decisions that will benefit his community and the TNRD as a whole.
This is Michael’s first attempt at winning a seat on the TNRD Board of Directors.
Electoral Area “L” (Grasslands)
My name is Doug Haughton, and I am hoping to be elected as the next TNRD Area “L” Grasslands director. I was born and raised in the grassy hills of Knutsford, BC, just south of Kamloops. My parents, Ernie and Lillian, and my family have farmed and ranched in the area for over 100 years. I graduated in 1975 from Kamloops Sr. Secondary, then attended Olds Agricultural College for a few years, where I earned a diploma in Agricultural Business.
I’ve been married to my wife, Laurie, for almost 20 years, and we have 4 grown children and one grandson. My wife taught school in SD73 for 20 plus years, and I recently retired from my career of selling John Deere farm equipment after 39 years. We also run yearling grass heifers on our ranch every year, put up a bit of hay, and have deep roots in the agricultural community.
I have been involved in 4H since I was a young boy, and continue to actively participate not only as a competitor but also as a volunteer at the local and provincial levels. I’ve served on many Boards and enjoy judging livestock and promoting and supporting the rural interests of my community.
I am looking forward to this new challenge, and I believe that with my level of knowledge and understanding of my own Area “L” community, along with my connections and familiarity with the needs and concerns of the entire Thompson-Nicola Regional District, I will be a strong voice and an approachable advocate for the people that I hope to represent.
I would be very honoured if you would give me your support in the upcoming election. Before is a little information about me personally and my former political life.
About John Taylor
- Retired as an electrician with TELUS after 39 years
- Married to Lynne since 1976, three children – Christopher, Cameron, Keri-Lynne and three grandchildren – Gavin, Charlee and Murphy
- Former Cub and Scout leader for 10 years
- Lives in the centre of T.N.R.D Area “L” top of Monte Creek hill (Kamloops-Vernon Highway) for 43 years
- Volunteer for Heart & Stroke, past volunteer for St. John Ambulance & Summer Games
- Runs a small cow/ calf operation
- Formerly involved with family in 4-H in the South Thompson for 12 years
- Has time, energy and insight to deal with issues important to Area “L”
Working on your behalf
- T.N.R.D. Director (15 years)
- Thompson Region Hospital District (14 years)
- Member of Pritchard Fire Department Committee (15 years)
- Director Thompson South Rural Crime Watch (15 years)
- Director Fraser Basin Council (4 years)
- Respond to concerns in a timely fashion
Some present concerns
- See if it is possible to have transit in rural areas (Del Oro, Monte Creek, Pritchard and Knutsford)
- Look into road conditions on Hwy #97 & 5A, Robin & Campbell Creek Roads, Del Oro Subdivision
- Have a more comprehensive program for invasive plants instead of piecemeal approach
- Critical street lighting at intersections & hazardous stretches of road
- Get Ministry of Forestry to explain what happened in Monte Lake/ Westwold fire instead of a redacted report. Also to discuss plans for reforestation and grass seeding to prevent erosion and landslides
- Look into more funding possibilities to reduce tax requisition for Monte Creek fire hall
Some successes while in public office
- Procured natural gas for two areas
- Initiated cessation of train whistles in two locations
- Got shoreline restoration & enhancement of salmon habitat
- Got an open forum for Westwold proposed slaughter house composting venture
- Got overhead/ underpass for Pritchard
- Got gravel roads paved in rural areas
- Got Knutsford a Transfer Station
Electoral Area “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South)
David moved to the Nicola Valley in 1982. He has lived 22 years in Merritt and 18 years in Area M of the TNRD at Nicola Ranch and Nicola Lake.
David was a general contractor for 25 years, building commercial buildings and housing in the Nicola Valley.
David was elected to Merritt City Council in 1990 and served 9 years. He was elected Mayor in 2003 and served for 6 years.
David has served 6 years on the TNRD Board of Directors representing Merritt and 4 years as Director for Area M.
David has always been a community minded person. He has been a member of Lions and Rotary Clubs. Has been involved with Economic Development and Tourism Committees. The organizer for Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) and local event such as July 1st Games in the Park, Country Christmas and City Center Board.
Electoral Area “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South)
Herb Graham and his wife Anjalien have lived in Merritt for more than 50 years. He is passionate about the Nicola Valley having seen many changes over the years.
Herb was elected to the TNRD Board in 2005 and has served ever since. He has always been an active member of his community serving on a variety of boards and is a charter Member of the Merritt Sunrise Rotary Club.
Herb, a private pilot, is retired after 40 years in the retail grocery business and likes to indulge his hobbies including restoring classic trucks.
Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson)
I am dedicated to the stability and success of the communities in the region where I live, work, play, and volunteer. I enjoy working with people, am a team player, and have been extensively involved in numerous organizations, projects and happenings within this region for over 25 years. I am a firm believer in working together for a common goal, maintaining a positive attitude, if we don’t listen we can’t learn, and if we don’t participate we can’t move forward.
Editor of North Thompson Star Journal since 2004
President North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association
Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach Coordinator
Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce Vice-President
Recipient of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pin 2022
Recipient of British Columbia Community Achievement Award 2014
Recipient of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pin 2012
Research Assistant University of Lethbridge 2008 – 2010
Barriere Citizen Of The Year 2008
Barriere Fire Protection Committee Secretary-Treasurer 2004 – 2008
Community Recovery Committee For The North Thompson – Secretary 2003 – 2007
Founding member of the McLure Wildfire Monument Society – 2004
Electoral Area “P”(Rivers and the Peaks)
Working for the Provincial Government for the last 33 years, I’ve gained valuable experience advocating for the citizens of British Columbia, both locally and throughout the province, who may be less familiar with resources that are available to them.
My husband, Bob, is a local truck driver for Richmond Steel Recycling (formerly Kamloops Scrap Iron) and our son Shaun Barrett (who is also a Kamloops Fire Fighter) runs the place.
Living in Pritchard, for over 30 years, I’m very familiar with small town living and the unique needs of rural communities. Our concerns are often presented in a manner that does not address specific issues that can be distinctive to our circumstances. A one size fits all approach often has many of our concerns put on a back burner or completely slipping thru the cracks. I believe one of the most important communication tools is listening. With a good understanding of individual concerns, communities can work together with local, provincial, and federal government resources to resolve challenges they may be facing.
I would be honored to be the united voice both representing your concerns as well as providing you with ongoing information regarding TNRD services and developments in your area.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, I would be happy to hear from you, please don’t hesitate to connect.
Tel.: 250 679-2111 / 250 572-7553
Lee Morris has been active as the Area P, Alternate Director since 2018 working on issues such as air emissions and fire protection in her specific area. She has resided in the TNRD for over 30 years. Her lengthy career of leadership roles in business, non-profit and community organizations demonstrate an ability to consider new approaches, to act upon diverse ideas, and to advocate for needed solutions. She is dedicated to ensuring that communication, consultation and accountability are her priority for Area P residents.
Lee resides on a small hobby farm near the South Thompson River. While an active volunteer for many community efforts, she also invests in recreation time usually involving her irrigation lines, dog, horse, kayak, or golf clubs.
Her resume of community volunteering is extensive.
These include: extensive Rotary Club projects; Connective Thompson Okanagan; Kamloops Heritage Society; Kamloops Brain Injury; Provincial Games hosting; Provincial Winter Fair; Pritchard Equine events; and many more.
On September 20, 2022, the TNRD Chief Election Officer declared an Election by Voting for six Electoral Areas, and Election by Acclamation for four Electoral Areas.
Information for Voters
There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of qualified electors will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
- Canadian citizen;
- resident of B.C. for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
- resident of the Electoral Area OR the non-resident owner of real property within the Electoral Area for at least 30 days before General Voting Day;
- not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the election and not otherwise disqualified by law.
What to Do If:
I live in one of the TNRD Electoral Areas: Resident Electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.
I own property but do not live in the one of the TNRD Electoral Areas: Non-Resident Electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, provide proof of ownership (such as a tax assessment, certificate of title, transfer papers, etc.), and, if there is more than one owner, provide written consent from a majority of the property owners to one owner voting.
Signed forms may be sent back with mail ballots or submitted on voting day.
A person may only vote once per election, even if they own multiple properties or are a resident in multiple properties. A person cannot vote on behalf of a corporation, or as a non-resident property elector based on a property owned wholly or in part by a corporation.
Note: Eligible Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents who live on reserve land may vote in local elections for the Electoral Area or Municipality where their reserve is located. For more information, click here.
Mail Ballot Voting
To receive a mail ballot package, completed applications must be received by the TNRD before 12 pm (noon) on Monday, October 3, 2022. Following receipt of the mail ballot application, you are responsible for ensuring that your completed ballot is received in the Regional District office no later than 8 pm local time on Saturday, October 15, 2022. (Note: Mail ballots will not be sent out if an election is not being held in your Electoral Area).
Where Do I Vote?
Use the TNRD Voting Locations Interactive Map to learn about what options you have for in-person voting if you live within an Electoral Area, or within Reserve land within an Electoral Area, where an election is taking place. Start your search by accessing the Interactive Map. View the map below, or click to open in your web browser.
Information for Candidates
A person is qualified to be elected and hold office if they meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
- Canadian citizen;
- Resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately prior to the date of nomination (August 30, 2022); and
- Are not disqualified under this Act or any other enactment from voting in British Columbia, or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified.
Elections staff have created an extensive Candidate Introduction Guide to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
On July, 28, 2022, TNRD Elections staff and a panel of Electoral Area Directors held a Candidate Information Meeting, which was held in person in the TNRD Board Room and virtually via Zoom. The meeting is available to view in its entirety.
Electoral Area Maps:
- Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country)
- Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters)
- Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau)
- Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country)
- Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country)
- Electoral Area “L” (Grasslands)
- Electoral Area “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – North)
- Electoral Area “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South)
- Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson)
- Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks)
- Video: Thinking of Running for Office?
- Videos: The Basics of Local General Elections
- General Local Elections 101 (information about the election process and participants)
- Thinking About Running for Local Office? (information for candidates about elected office)
- What Every Candidate Needs to Know (overview for candidates about how to run for office)
- Supporting a Candidate for Local Elections (rules for supporting a local candidate)
- Scrutineers Guide to General Local Elections (information for those volunteering as scrutineers)
- Voter’s Guide for Electors Living on Reserve (information for those voters living on Reserve)
- Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in B.C. (overview of elector organizations in local elections)
- Election Signs on Highway Rights-of-Way
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