Michelle Mungall (middle) and short list committee (L to R): Brian Lawrence

Michelle Mungall (middle) and short list committee (L to R): Brian Lawrence

Mungall puts Kootenay Queen’s medals to a vote

MLA Michelle Mungall is asking residents in the riding to vote for community members to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is asking residents in the riding to vote online or by phone for community members to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

A short listing committee of respected community members reviewed all the nominations received during the month of August and has narrowed the field to 13. From these 13, the public will vote and choose the final four who will have their names put forward to receive medals.

“Nominations came in from all corners of the constituency, for people from all walks of life,” says Mungall. “It was great to read about so many amazing people doing amazing work in the community. I know it was difficult for the short listing committee to choose only 13.”

The short listing committee, representing all regions of the constituency was made up of Salmo village councillor Janine Haughton, Creston Advance editor Brian Lawrence, Columbia Basin Trust southwest community liaison and long-time Nelson resident Rona Park, and Kaslo’s JV Humphries principal Dan Miles.

The online vote will take place September 7 -21. Residents can learn more about each nominee at michellemungall.ca and then vote once from their computers or by phone. The person with the most votes from each area  — North Kootenay Lake, Nelson and district, Salmo/Ymir, Creston Valley — will be forwarded on to the Queen for a Diamond Jubilee medal that commemorates community service. You can also call Mungall’s at office 1-877-388-4498 to help decide who of the following outstanding citizens will be put forward to the Queens Selection Committee:

Kaslo/North Kootenay Lake

• Steve Anderson

• Bruce Walker

• Hugh Walker;

Nelson Area:

• Gordon Broster

• Marg Stacey

• Joan Reichardt

• Mary Ann Morris

Salmo/Ymir:

• Andrew Raney

• Dorothy Hearn

• Mary Jean Taylor

Creston Valley:

• Phil Thomas

• Anne Hepher

• Shannon Nickisch

“The decisions were difficult, there were so many worthy nominees, but the selection we came up with represents a great cross section of our communities,” said committee member Lawrence.