A potential candidate has emerged for the federal New Democratic Party as the Oct. 21 federal election draws closer.
Gina Myhill-Jones, from the 100 Mile House area, announced her intention to seek the NDP’s nomination as the candidate for the Kamloops-area riding on Tuesday.
“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work for the people of the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo as their representative, dedicated to truly listening to and serving the constituents,” Myhill-Jones said.
Myhill-Jones has worked as a co-ordinator for a women’s shelter, supporting victims of domestic violence, and as a community support worker in addition to volunteer work.
That volunteer work has included helping with therapeutic riding associations, community theatre groups, teaching art and helping with literacy at a recovery and rehabilitation facility.
She also created a Facebook group, Cariboo Neighbours 911, that grew to over 5,500 members during the wildfires of 2017.
“When so little information was forthcoming regarding the fires and help available, we had information added by members as things happened,” Myhill-Jones said. “I believe there is always a need to inform, and do so with valid and timely information.”
Myhill-Jones has lived in the riding on a ranch just outside of 100 Mile House BC for about 10 years, having moved from a working farm in Maple Ridge.
She said she has a strong connection to the land and sees natural resources as worth protecting.
“Tourism and resource extraction can and should balance with preservation,” she said.
She also supports developing new, green technologies to creating sustainable growth while protecting our natural heritage.
Myhill-Jones said she feels Jagmeet Singh and the NDP are poised to become the change Canada has needed for a long time.
“I believe, as I believe many Canadians do, that it is time for change,” Myhill-Jones said.