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HAROLD RICHINS FOR SUN PEAKS MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

A Passion for the future of our Sun Peaks Community

Important SP Issues

I have a new interview about my views:

Please click on the button here to see my recent interview with SPIN (Sun Peaks Independent News).

    VOTE FOR HAROLD RICHINS FOR SUN PEAKS MUNICIPAL COUNCIL


    I am dedicated to improving Sun Peaks for our Community, for our Small Businesses, and for our Visitors, while continuing to enhance our stunning natural and built Environment.

    I bring a wealth of education, background and experience of significant relevance to Sun Peaks' future.  

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    VALUES FOR SUN PEAKS

    I have a True Passion for the future of our Sun Peaks Community.

    I also believe in the fundamental expectations of those that serve in an local elected office, and that is to: "...demonstrate integrity, accountability, respect, leadership and collaboration..." with our diverse community members and relevant stakeholders.

    The segment following provides further insights into areas of value for Sun Peaks.

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    OUR COMMUNITY

    Its about supporting our special lifestyle, environment, sense of place, our children, and our health and well being.

    We have a special place in which we have all made a commitment to live.  Having an active, healthy, educated, connected, and sustainable community is paramount.

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    OUR SMALL BUSINESSES

    Its about facilitating the capacity for sustainable success of our important small businesses. These businesses, and the employees that work there, are cornerstones of our Sun Peaks Community.

    The businesses and organizations which have developed since Sun Peaks began and grew into a community have provided us with the resilience and vibrancy which ensures Sun Peaks is special.

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    OUR VISITORS

    Its about enhancing the experience for our visitors to Sun Peaks.  They are a very important part of our community.

     

    Building a sense of place, a feeling of belonging, and the best service interaction within an active community when they visit Sun Peaks is key.

    A continued commitment to our visitors helps build vitality within the Sun Peaks community.

      

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    OUR PLACE

    Its about creating best practice in sustainability of our built and natural environment.

    Both our purposefully built alpine infrastructure and the incredible natural areas in which we live are the basis for our lifestyle.

    Understanding this provides a context for sustainability as an important priority.

    "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"

    Vincent van Gogh

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    ABOUT ME

    Dealing with the challenges and opportunities of our Sun Peaks community requires engaged participants who bring different backgrounds, perspectives, and are willing to make well informed decisions.


    I believe I have the depth and breadth of experience for Sun Peaks Municipal Council, the highly relevant educational background, the long-term connection and interest in seeing best practice success, and a true passion for the future of our burgeoning Sun Peaks Community.

    MY FAMILY, INTERESTS, AND ACTIVITIES

    A FEW ASPECTS ABOUT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY

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    Our vibrant nuclear family of four all have a true love of life, of lifestyle, and of community.  This includes my wife Kathy of close to forty years and our two children Jonathan (29, who lives in Vancouver) and Kai (25, who lives in Victoria).  Kathy and I have resided in the Interior (Kamloops and Sun Peaks) for over thirteen years and we have fully enjoyed living in our house on Mountain View Drive and being a part of the dynamic Sun Peaks community for the last seven years.

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    We are quite active during both the winter as well as other seasons, this includes skiing (alpine and nordic), sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, hiking and snowshoeing, x-country mountain biking, camping and backpacking, travelling and experiencing other cultures and locales (regionally, nationally, internationally).  I have been active with skiing since the age of five, so this is certainly one of my true sports related passions and Kathy and I have enjoyed skiing related travel experiences in five different countries.

     

    ENGAGED WITH SUN PEAKS:

    While working at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) for ten years and serving as Dean of the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism, we facilitated important long-lasting relationships with Sun Peaks and its engaged community members.  For three years I taught courses in Mountain Tourism at TRU, which involved both Sun Peaks and Whistler as field study areas. 

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    For close to ten years I have enjoyed my on-going contribution in serving as a Mountain Host for Sun Peaks Resort and I have also volunteered for both First Tracks and Sunburst Lodge Fondue evenings. 

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    Kathy and I own a Sun Peaks nightly rental business (Morrisey Chalet at Sun Peaks), which we have been operating since 2015.  In addition, for a few weeks each May/June in Austria, I have also been teaching in a Masters degree program on Tourism and Innovation, which has direct relevance to the challenges and opportunities we have here at Sun Peaks.

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    More recently I have been coordinating our Sun Peaks Locals' Social Club, which has close to 300 members.  On a weekly basis, we fully enjoy our great diversity of cafes and restaurants and other shops within Sun Peaks, and we also experience the true spirit of our community in engaging with numerous clubs, associations, and events, all of which make Sun Peaks so special.

    See my videos of my views and values

    Click below on any of the numerous SHORT VIDEOS I made while spending many days this summer meeting with Sun Peaks Community members and discussing important issues, interests and priorities.

    Also click on the button below to see my RECENT INTERVIEW with SPIN.