Sadie Hunter has a vision for Kamloops.
The city council hopeful envisions a community that is innovative, inspired, accessible and inclusive — one in which students can graduate and find good-paying jobs without moving and a place where families and seniors can afford to live.
“I see a city full of potential and opportunity and I think we’re on the edge of something really exciting,” Hunter said.
As the director of development for the faculty of science and school of nursing at TRU, Hunter raises funds for student awards, capital projects and new programs.
Included in her portfolio is the new nursing building. Hunter, 39, has worked at the university for three years, but has spent many more on campus, obtaining a bachelor of science, a bachelor of journalism and a master’s in environmental science.
She also has a graduate certificate in leadership from Royal Roads University.
With a background rooted in journalism and science, Hunter said she would bring fact-based decision-making to council. But her lived experience also brings a unique perspective, she said.
Hunter was a single parent for 17 years (her son is now 21 and lives in Kelowna) and juggled the responsibilities of a mother while trying to finish school and pay her bills.
She’s grateful to Interior Community Services, a non-profit that secured her low-income housing she called her “make or break.”
“I was just about to have to leave Kamloops and not finish school because I couldn’t afford rent living on a student loan as a single parent,” Hunter said.
“You don’t receive enough funds to pay your bills.”
Hunter also relied heavily on student rewards during that time, driving her passion to fundraise to help students in her role at the university.
“To me, this largely is also about giving back to the community now that I’m in a position to,” she said.
Hunter ran in the 2017 byelection finishing slightly better than the middle of the pack.
She lives in Sun Rivers, though she noted she has lived in nearly every neighbourhood in the city in nearly two decades in Kamloops.
One idea she has to promote accessibility in the city is to price bus passes on a sliding scale, based on income.
She can be found online at sadiehunterkamloops.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.