Mayor & Council

Victor Cumming

Mayor

On behalf of Council, staff and residents, welcome to the City of Vernon.

The history of Vernon is rich, and we invite you to let our story become a part of your story. We have so much bounty here, and we’re happy to share it with you. In the spring, you’ll find fields and valleys bursting with blooms....

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On behalf of Council, staff and residents, welcome to the City of Vernon.

The history of Vernon is rich, and we invite you to let our story become a part of your story. We have so much bounty here, and we’re happy to share it with you. In the spring, you’ll find fields and valleys bursting with blooms. Summer is a time to enjoy our warm and inviting lakes. In the fall, experience a harvest season like no other. In the winter, take home tales of a mountain with champagne powder snow and horse drawn sleighs.

Hike, bike, snowshoe or cross country ski on our trails. Explore by car, or start walking and see what you can discover. The rolling hills, majestic mountains, beaches and sunshine are the perfect backdrop for your Vernon visit.

Our history is rich with tales of the Interior Salish First Nation, fur traders, miners, Oblate Missionaries, the Hudson’s Bay Company, ranchers, politicians and farmers. Take a walk and watch our story unfold in front of you on the 29 murals that grace our downtown buildings. These larger than life paintings depict our history, culture, folklore and scenery.

Choose your adventure in Vernon. We have world-class resorts, boutique shopping, theatre, music, championship golf courses, wineries, cideries, meaderies, distilleries, and terrific markets and restaurants. Come in any season and you’ll find there are plenty of ways to relax, recharge and energize yourself. We invite you to immerse yourself in an Okanagan holiday, Vernon style.

We celebrate a lot of things here. We have events year-round, so come visit anytime and take in an event or two. 

In the warmer months, enjoy some live music, outdoor theatre, sports tournaments, and wine festivals. There’s plenty of hiking and biking on our world-class trails too. Soak up summer on our sun-drenched lakes and beaches then come back in the winter and enjoy a winter wonderland sought after by visitors from around the world. The cooler weather just means a change to warmer clothes. Watch hot air balloons rise over the city, then head up to SilverStar to take in the cool snow sculptures.

This is Vernon. It is a place where tall tales are created. Whether it’s a morning on our world-class links, an afternoon on the champagne powdered slopes, or a day on the lake, this is the place where you become the hero of your own story.

Explore our endless mountain and lakeside trails, where raptors soar over ancient grasslands.

Taste the flavour of our region at boutique wineries to the north and south, the craft cidery, craft brewery, meadery and award-winning distillery.

We invite you to make our home your home away from home as you enjoy everything Vernon has to offer.

Sincerely

Mayor Victor Cumming

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Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Councillor

Cell: 250- 540-0923
sanderson@vernon.ca

I'm a long-time resident of Vernon. I own a corporate communications company, a local recycling company, and I'm an officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves.

Goals:

  • Work toward removing unnecessary...
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Cell: 250- 540-0923
sanderson@vernon.ca

I'm a long-time resident of Vernon. I own a corporate communications company, a local recycling company, and I'm an officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves.

Goals:

  • Work toward removing unnecessary bureaucratic and regulatory impediments to business
  • Work toward increasing transparency in municipal government
  • Work toward increasing public input to municipal decision making
  • Ensure careful fiscal management
  • Develop cooperative relationships with federal and provincial partners

Related Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree (Hons), Political Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Commissioned Officer, Canadian Forces Reserves
  • Legislative Assistant to an MP (federal)
  • VP Outreach, Conservative Party Canada EDA (federal)
  • Director of Communications, BC Conservative Party (provincial)
  • Chair of Policy and Platform Committee, BC Conservative Party (provincial)
  • Chair of Business Outreach, BC Conservative Party (provincial)
  • Policy Committee, Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice Chair, Joint Biosolids Advisory Committee (municipal)
  • Advisory Planning Council, City of Vernon (municipal)
  • Director, Silver Star Rotary Club
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Kelly Fehr

Councillor

I have been a Vernon resident since 2003. I am married to Delma Fehr and we have a blended family of four adult children.  Since 2007 I have served Vernon as a senior manager and executive director for a local non-government organization. During this time my focus has been on poverty reduction, reducing food...

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I have been a Vernon resident since 2003. I am married to Delma Fehr and we have a blended family of four adult children.  Since 2007 I have served Vernon as a senior manager and executive director for a local non-government organization. During this time my focus has been on poverty reduction, reducing food insecurity, housing, addiction recovery, sexual assault services and equality. I have also had the privilege of serving on several local Boards.

Goals:

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with municipal, provincial and federal partners
  • Expand affordable, accessible and supported housing options
  • Long term, fiscally responsible and sustainable planning with a focus on utilizing best practices

My Community Involvement has included:

  • Sexual Assault Services Committee
  • Male Sexual Abuse Awareness
  • Okanagan Bad Date Program
  • Violence Against Woman in Relationships Committee
  • High Risk Domestic Violence Committee
  • Supports for Survival Sex Workers
  • Women’s Only Drop in Center
  • Harm Reduction Strategy
  • Homelessness Strategy
  • Partners in Action
  • Welcoming Communities Committee
  • Opioid Crisis Response
  • Okanagan Recovery Day
  • Women’s Second Stage Addictions Recovery
  • Access to Local Detox Services
  • Homelessness Action Week
  • Suicide Prevention Committee
  • Temporary Winter Shelter expansion
  • Hospital Discharge Action Team
  • Emergency Food Action Network
  • COOL Team, The Camp Okanagan Outreach/Liaison Team
  • Community Dental Access Center Committee
  • Housing First Committee
  • Centerville Neighbourhood Council
  • Harwood Neighbourhood Council
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Kari Gares

Councillor

I am a 3rd generation Vernonite who has grass-roots deeply lodged in the fabric of Vernon history. I was born in Vernon but grew up in Kelowna.  I graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan (formerly OUC) with a double major in Psychology and History. After moving back to the Vernon area with my...
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I am a 3rd generation Vernonite who has grass-roots deeply lodged in the fabric of Vernon history. I was born in Vernon but grew up in Kelowna.  I graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan (formerly OUC) with a double major in Psychology and History. After moving back to the Vernon area with my family in 2003, I began a targeted career in Finance with an emphasis on Mortgage Lending.   It was not until 2011 that I left the Bank to pursue a more specialized career in Mortgage Origination and Advisory through the establishment of my own Mortgage Brokerage Firm, KL August Financial LTD, dba Verico Mortgage House.  My husband, Tim, and children, Josh & Zack are excited for my new journey as this is another way I can help improve the lives of those who live here.
 
Goals:
 
Building a Strong and Diverse Business Model that creates a more sustainable, and balanced Economic Approach that fosters connectivity between our business sector and City Partners, creates growth and provides a healthy investment atmosphere for alternate sector jobs/industries
Focusing on Family & Youth Initiatives and Programs that are economically sustainable and socially inclusive to attract growth
Focus on Infrastructure Development that encourages growth and ensures a sustainable future for our community
 
Accomplishments:
 
Long-time supporter of Community Initiatives & Fundraising Events such as QSSEP, Sport Sponsorships & Programs, Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship for QSSEP that recognizes the achievements of young women in our community
Regional (Treasurer) and National Board Member Elizabeth Fry Society 
President of the North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse Association
Program Director and Owner – Thompson Okanagan Selects Field Lacrosse
Board Member – Thompson Okanagan Minor Box Lacrosse Commission & Interior Field Lacrosse Commission
Board Member – Vernon & District Land Trust (Affordable Housing)
 
Education:
 
Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Double Major in History and Psychology
UBC - Sauder School of Business – Mortgage Brokering
Investment Funds in Canada
Completed Life Agent’s Insurance 
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Davir Nahal

Dalvir Nahal

Councillor

Cell: 250-306-6107
dnahal@vernon.ca

My goals as a Councillor are:

  • As a priority, to provide solutions for the support of the poor and homeless in our community
  • To work with Council to support Vernon's economic base by focusing on the retention...
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Cell: 250-306-6107
dnahal@vernon.ca

My goals as a Councillor are:

  • As a priority, to provide solutions for the support of the poor and homeless in our community
  • To work with Council to support Vernon's economic base by focusing on the retention and expansion of local business.
  • To ensure the Economic Development and Tourism functions have a clear mandate, with governing boards representing community stakeholders
  • To support City Council as a leader in its partnership with federal and provincial governments and local organizations
  • 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
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Akbal Mund

Councillor

I am delighted to serve the residents of Vernon. We moved here in 1993 and bought into the Wendy’s franchise. I met my wife Tania here and we now have two preteen daughters . Over the past 20 years I have been active in our...

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I am delighted to serve the residents of Vernon. We moved here in 1993 and bought into the Wendy’s franchise. I met my wife Tania here and we now have two preteen daughters . Over the past 20 years I have been active in our community, playing soccer and softball, sitting on various boards, and helping and supporting many organizations. I was named the JCI Vernon Good Citizen of the Year in 2012.

A few of the roles I have undertaken include:

  • 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
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Brian Quiring

Brian Quiring

Councillor

Cell: 250-309-2594
bquiring@vernon.ca

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...

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Cell: 250-309-2594
bquiring@vernon.ca

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 serving our community.

Goals:

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

Accomplishments:

  • 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
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