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Kamloops and District Labour Council asks:

Are you or have you ever been active in any community organizations, actions, or campaigns?
Describe your volunteer work, positions, and any tangible change to the community from your involvement. Are you still involved with this work?

- Kamloops and District Labour Council

Candidate Answers

Daphane Nelson

Candidate for City Councillor

Founding Director Kamloops Public Market Cooperative January 2018 to present
Director Interior Savings Credit Union May 2016 to present
BC Co-op Association Community of Practice May 2021 to present

Member Kamloops Food Policy Council (5 years)
Kamloops Lived Experience Community (2 years)
Kamloops Arts Council (Treasurer 2 years) (3 years)
Kamloops Minor Baseball Coach (4 years)
Community Futures Loan Committee (10 years)
Farm2Chef Collaborative (2 years)
Kamloops Voter’s Society (2 years)
TD Friends of the Environment committee; coordinated annual Shoreline Cleanup. (4 years)
Secured TD sponsorship for the Kamloops Food Bank Basics For Babies Breakfast (2 years)
TD Advancing Together committee. (2 years)
Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee. (3 years)

Katie Neustaeter

Candidate for City Councillor

Volunteer work:
City of Kamloops Social Planning Council (3 years), United Way TNC Campaign Cabinet Committee and Community Impact Council (7 years), Mustard Seed Coldest Night of the Year (3 years), McHappy Day (3 years), Blazers Game host (multi-season), TRU Foundation gala (multi year), Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, Kamloops Brain Injury Assoc Fundraising (multiple), BC Winter Games (2018), Kamloops Santa Claus Parade (multi year), Wildfire Response and coordination (2017 & 2021), various Rotary fundraising events and community food programs, United Way Workplace Campaign ECC (Pattison Broadcast Centre), Starfish Backpack Program (multi year), Kamloops EmpowerHER (event for leadership training for girls), Kamloops Alliance Church (10+ years, various capacities), City of Kamloops Parking Management collective (2 years), Period Promise Fundraising Campaign (4 years), Kamloops Marketplace Leaders Executive (2 years), Kamloops and District SPCA Furball Fundraiser (2 years), other community events (Overlanders Day, upcoming Tapestry Festival, Buskers Festival, etc).

I have served and volunteered in many capacities within these experiences and continue with many as well.
Because of the pause in most community events over the last 2.5yrs opportunities have been limited, but I’m so excited to reengage with my community through the avenue I love most - volunteerism!

Giving of your time has an invaluable impact on the health of the wider community and also serves as an extraordinary facilitation of learning.

Until you have considered the applications of organizations doing critical work in the community and helped determine how funding will be equitably distributed, it’s difficult to understand how paramount objective input is to the ability of our charities to function and run the programming so many vulnerable people depend on.

I continue to cherish the ability to understand the many agencies, organizations, and groups within our city that work collectively to create a community that works for all, and am committed to maintaining this level of community engagement.

Dale Bass

Candidate for City Councillor

Where to begin? My community involvement began decades ago when I was elected to the board of the humane society in my hometown. I also volunteered with the former Childfind organization. Those positions addresses animal and child safety issues.

In Kamloops I was president of the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association board, which provides equine therapy for children living with challenges.

I was president of the Kamloops Family Resources Society, now known as the Family Tree and it continues to do amazing work.

I was president of what was formerly known as the Kamloops Society for Community Living, now called Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion, which also provides services to Kamloopsians who live with challenges.

I was president of the Kamloops Child Development Society board, which provides needed childcare taught through nature. We proudly became the Kamloops prototype of the provincial $10/day childcare.

I was also a board member for People in Motion and Volunteer Kamloops and president of SD73 DPAC.

Nationally I was chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Currently I am a member of a national committee working to lobby the federal government to create a universal basic income.

In terms of impact on community, every board I have served in has focused on livability, inclusion, respect and safety. They all continue to have this impact today due to the wonderful people who step up to take in this needed work.

Shantel Renner

Candidate for City Councillor

I am on the Board of Directors for Kamloops Community Football Society. This is my third year on the board, and I am still very much active in the role as fundraising coordinator.