Katie Neustaeter

Candidate for City Councillor

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Personal Information

Resident of: Dallas, Other
Age: 40
Current Occupation: Director of Communications, United Way British Columbia

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Political Experience:

I grew up with substantial political awareness and have been witness to all sides of the conversations that determine policy throughout my life; both personally and professionally.

From running for student office in my youth, to volunteering on various campaigns, to fundraising campaigns for charitable causes, and personal advocacy work, I’m well-aware of the impact politics has on each of our everyday lives (whether we like to admit it or not).

It has been through this engagement experience that I have learned that politics truly are inextricable from community, and vice-versa. Our ability to navigate these conversations with dignity, respect, inclusion, and equitability is vital to our collective welfare.

Biography

I have spent the vast majority of my life in Kamloops, BC and have always been proud to be committed to this community and it’s citizens - this is home.

With a combined professional background in Media (Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and Unifor Local 1010 member), and the Charitable sector (Executive Director of United Way TNC, now UWBC, CUPE Local 1760), I believe I bring a unique blend of experience and perspective to the table.

I am also known for my extensive volunteerism within the Kamloops community, including the City of Kamloops Social Planning Council, TRU Foundation events, Wildfire Response and coordination, BC Winter Games, RibFest, the Kamloops and District SPCA, United Way (TNC), Kamloops Alliance Church, Kamloops Youth Soccer Assoc., SD73, and more.

In my work with United Way I have had the privilege of engaging through, building relationships with, and championing many local unions and am eager to learn more about your needs and priorities when it comes to municipal decision making.

I am married to my husband of 20 years, and we are raising our 3 children in Kamloops.

In solidarity.


Answers to Questions from the Public

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

What are the top three critical issues facing your community?


Katie N Answered

I have based my platform, which is being further informed by community consultation, on three pillars which I believe incapsulate the most critical issues facing our community:

1. Affordability:
For Kamloops to be a desirable and attractive place to live we must...
​- Draw and retain a new and targeted workforce
- Support innovative and advantageous development
- Cast a proactive (not reactive) vision for the future

2. Accountability:
In a time when polarization and a lack of responsibility to one another is increasingly the norm, we must transparently move toward...
- Action informed by community consultation
- Equitable, comprehensive, and practical supports for challenging community issues
- Strengthening the external partnerships that can create meaningful change

3. Advocacy:
In a community that works for all, we must work for all people.
Therefore, we must amplify...
- The needs of local businesses
- Children and families
- Health and safety

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:31 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

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?


Katie N Answered

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.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:31 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

If you are a Union member, does your union (provide union/local name) offer endorsement to members running for public office? If so, have you applied for/received endorsement from your union?


Katie N Answered

As I am currently a Director within my organization I am ineligible to be a member of the UWBC union, CUPE 1760, but value our positive working relationship and collaborative approach to all aspects of our organizational structure.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:32 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

Have you ever been a candidate or volunteered in a previous civic, provincial, or federal election? If so, please give details.


Katie N Answered

Yes. I have volunteered on campaigns at all 3 levels of government throughout my lifetime. That experience can be credited with a lot of my commitment to civic responsibility and a sense of the need for community belonging today.

That being said, I have found that as our society has changed and polarization and political extremes are increasingly the norm, I am less inclined to entirely hitch my wagon to a singular party at any level of government.
That is why municipal politics appeal to me so strongly at this moment in time. The ability to make an individual vote based on my ethics, the voices of our most effected community members, and the overarching needs of our city must be paramount in our decision-making at this critical juncture.

The benefit of being a candidate with no slate, no party platform, and no voting block is that I can make decisions based on what I hear from the constituents who are most impacted by the questions at hand.