Members of Council
Creston Town Council, December 2014
From left:(front row) Mayor Ron Toyota, Councillor Joanna Wilson, Councillor Karen Unruh, Councillor Jen Comer; (back row) Councillor Joe Snopek, Councillor Kevin Boehmer, Councillor Jim Elford.
Mayor Ron Toyota was born and raised in Creston and graduated from Prince Charles Secondary School in 1965. He operated Taks Home Furnishers for 30 years living in Cranbrook, with a branch store in Creston. Mayor Toyota has been active with many community groups, including President of the Creston Valley Rotary Club (2007-08), President of the Creston Valley Regional Airport Society (2007-08), Chairman of the Collage of the Rockies (2008-2009), President of the Cranbrook Golf Club (1987-90), BC Summer Games (Cranbrook 1986), Director of Administration and United Way of Cranbrook Campaign Chairman in 1983-1985).
Toyota was elected Mayor in December 2008 and is now serving his 3rd term being 4 years.
Councillor Kevin Boehmer was born and raised in the lovely Creston Valley and is a fourth generation Crestonite. After graduating from PCSS in 2001, he obtained his bachelor of management degree from the University of Lethbridge and then his Chartered Accountant designation. Councillor Boehmer owns his own Chartered Accountant practice as well as provides consulting services. He has always had a desire to serve the community and is excited to serve his first term on council. Councillor Boehmer is very blessed to be married to the love of his life and a father to 4 wonderful daughters. Councillor Boehmer enjoys playing sports of all kinds, his favourites being hockey, basketball and slow pitch.
Councillor Jen Comer has been back in the Creston Valley since 2010, where she and her husband and young daughter live on his family’s farm. Councillor Comer holds a BA Honours degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, where she focused on sustainable community development and local food systems. She is the manager of the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market, which under her leadership has turned into a thriving social enterprise. Councillor Comer loves the lifestyle the Creston Valley provides her family with, they love camping, hiking and traveling throughout the Kootenay’s (and beyond).
Councillor Jim Elford has resided in Creston for 35 years. He is a retired Insurance Broker and has served as a volunteer firefighter for 21 years and an RCMP Auxiliary Constable for 10 years. In 1997, he was honoured as Creston’s Citizen of the Year. Councillor Elford and his wife Teresa have raised their 3 children in Creston and in their free time they enjoy boating on Kootenay Lake. Councillor Elford is serving his first term on Council.
Councillor Joe Snopek has twelve years of experience on the Creston Town Council, six years as Councillor and six years as Mayor. He has also served as a Director at Large for the Union of BC Municipalities. Councillor Snopek is a lifetime member of the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments and in 2008, he was the 1st Vice-President of the Union of BC Municipalities.
Councillor Snopek is actively involved in the community and has been, or continues to be, President of the Handy Capable Housing Society, President of the Creston Restorative Justice Committee, President of the Creston Valley Fall Fair Association, and President of the Creston-Kaminoho (Japan) Friendship Society.
A community priority for Councillor Snopek is health care. He was a member of Town Council when the Physician Recruitment Program was initiated for the Creston Valley, which has developed into a successful recruitment program. The program has now recruited several new physicians to the area, and has expanded to assist with the recruitment of dentists.
Councillor Karen Unruh was born and raised in Creston and graduated from Prince Charles Secondary School. Councillor Unruh was a Licensed Practical Nurse prior to taking Office Administration. Her political involvement began with a government appointment to the Peace Liard Community Health Council in 1996. From 1999 to 2008 she was elected as a Town Councillor/ Regional Director in Fort Nelson/ Northern Rockies Regional District. In 2009 Ken and Councillor Unruh moved back to Creston to retire (a much warmer climate).
Councillor Joanna Wilson grew up in the Creston Valley and has lived in Town since 2004. As a photographer, voice and piano teacher, she is a strong advocate for the arts, and is proud of the growing arts and culture community in Creston. Councillor Wilson is serving her fourth term on Council.
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