Mayor & Councillors

Mayor Akbal Mund

I am delighted to serve the residents of Vernon.  Personally, we moved here in 1993 and bought into the Wendy’s franchise at that time.  I met my wife Tania here in Vernon and now have two daughters under the age of ten.  Over the past twenty years we were very active in our community, playing soccer and softball, sitting on various boards, and helping and supporting many organizations.  We were named the JCI Vernon Good Citizen of the year in 2012, served as President of the Greater Vernon B.C. 2012 Winter Games, President of the Vernon Soccer Association, 2nd Vice President of Funtastic, Board member of VantageOne Credit Union, Director of Extreme Makeover Easter Seals Camp Winfield, Director 2014 RBC Cup, Co-Founder of Wendy’s Dreamlift Day, and other organizations as well.

During my tenure as the Mayor of The City of Vernon, we will continue to grow the economy and create family supporting jobs through responsible development that is sustainable and environmentally acceptable by the citizens.  We hope to create the legacy that Vernon will become the city of choice for business and families to live and prosper in the Okanagan Valley.

Councillor Juliette Cunningham

I have been a Vernon resident since 1966.  I am married to Dave and we have a blended family of 4 children and 4 grandchildren.  I graduated from Vernon Senior Secondary in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1988 from Simon Fraser University,  as a mature student,  with a major in French and a minor in Education.

I have operated a family business in Downtown Vernon since 1990.  My community involvement has included such roles as Beaver leader, Brownie pack President, kid’s baseball coach, and member of the first  Citizens on Patrol.   I served as Vice-president of the original People Place Society Board,  inspired by Agnes Sovereign.  I sat as Vice-President of the Downtown Vernon Association,   Chair of the Women’s Centre Society,  and Board Treasurer of  the Teen Junction Literacy Society.
I served 9 years as a SD # 22 School  trustee  (1996-2005), 3 years as Board Chair.  I served as a Vernon City Councillor from 2005-2008 and a North Okanagan Regional District director (2007-2008).

I am looking forward to the next three years on City Council.  Although there will be many challenges in these trying economic times I believe if we all work together,  council and citizens alike, we can still make progress towards making Vernon a City we are all proud to call home.


Councillor Catherine Lord

  • I was born in Holland, and emigrated with my family to Canada when I was 10. 
  • Vernon resident since 1977.
  • Married to Harry Lord - we have one child, Jody, who is married to Matt, and they have a son, Jacob.
  • Deputy Treasurer - City of Vernon 17 years
  • Director of Finance - District of Coldstream 4 years.
  • General Manager - Historic O’Keefe Ranch - 3 years.
  • Community Involvement 25 years, including Vernon Women’s Transition House, North Okanagan United Way, Boys & Girls Club, Ribbons of Green Trails Society and Community Foundation of the North Okanagan.

Goals for the next 3 years:

  • Good fiscal management; a lean and efficient government.
  • Better cooperation with NORD; a resolution to the parks debate.
  • Water quality and supply - affordable water; work with provincial government towards this goal
  • Road infrastructure - balance between vehicles, bicyclists & pedestrians.

Councillor Bob Spiers

  • Elected Councillor November 2008
  • Lived in Vernon since 1991
  • Married 37 years - 3 Children
  • Operated Vernonblog for over 10 years –

Goals as a Councillor in 2015:

  • A Review of Master Water Plan
  • Effective and Fair Water Rates for All water consumers.
  • A Development Cost Update Review on Water and Parks DCC’s at RDNO
  • A Development Cost Bylaw for Vernon Local Parks
  • A Haz-Mat Route and bylaw in our Transportation Plan.
  • A Bypass Implementation date in our Transportation Plan
  • Capital Works projects that address our infrastructure deficit rather than add to it

Councillor Brian Quiring

Our family moved to Vernon in 1993 after I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Architecture degree. Since moving to Vernon I have had the good fortune of creating and maintaining a successful architectural practice and am currently the managing partner of MQN Architects. My wife Dorothy and three children Alyssa, Natasha and Eli look forward to my new role in serving our community.

• Create a sustainable Vernon, economically, socially & environmentally
• Promote Transit-oriented mixed use development with a wide range of housing choices
• Encourage sustainable architecture, landscape and agriculture

• Bachelor of Environmental Studies
• Master of Architecture
• Member of Architectural Institute of British Columbia
• Engineering Ministries International, El Shaddai Trip, Haiti 2010 Prior Community Involvement
• City of Vernon Advisory Planning Commission
• Downtown Design Review Panel
• Vice President Vernon Art Gallery
• MQN Team Captain - CIBC Run for the Cure

Councillor Scott Anderson

Councillor Dalvir Nahal  
Goals as a Councillor:
  • To work with Council to enable Vernon's economic base by focusing on the retention and expansion of local business. The Economic Development and Tourism functions must be given a clear mandate, with governing boards representing community stakeholders.
  • To support City Council as a leader in it's partnership with federal and provincial governments and local organizations, and, as a priority, provide solutions for the support of the poor and homeless in our community.
  • To urge Council to move to a more carbon neutral community, including the completion of "Ribbons of Green".
  • To work towards the provision of better services for clean water and infrastructure, including solutions for transportation issues, such as downtown congestion and "alternative" routes.


Contact Info
General Inquiries: 250-545-1361
Fax: 250-545-4048
Mayor Akbal Mund

Cell: 250-938-0022

Juliette Cunningham: Cell: 250-309-2432
Catherine Lord: Cell: 250-309-1685
Bob Spiers : 250-549-2819
Brian Quiring: Cell: 250-309-2594
Scott Anderson Cell: 250- 540-0923
Dalvir Nahal Cell: 250-306-6107

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