Alison Klie


Alison Klie

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Alison Klie

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Resident of: Pineview Valley
Current Occupation: Electrician

Biography

In my grade 12 year I went to TRU for the electrical pre-app program. I finished my apprenticeship at TRU. I have worked with a few different companies in Kamloops and worked in Saskatchewan for awhile as well.

Last year I got married to the love of my life, Nick, he manages High Octane Comics on 3rd Ave.

I enjoy going up in the bush with my father and experiencing the beauty Kamloops has to offer. My mom and I like to walk around downtown and shop a bit and eat at a few of the amazing restaurants.

Some of my hobbies are hiking, floating down the river, going to the movies, reading books and comics, I also enjoy painting models and playing tabletop games with my friends.

My husband and I bought a house a year and a half ago.

I like to try my best to shop local, the farmers market and locally owned shops are my favourite places to go shopping.

I do amateur modelling as well with local photographers and for a friend of mine who has her own shop on Etsy, Tooth and Eye.

Those photos can be found at venus.marie on instagram. I enjoy modelling because it makes me feel confident and it helped me overcome my own negative self image. I also think that sharing my photos and my path to self love will show other women that it doesn’t matter what size you are because all bodies are beautiful.

Kamloops is my home and I want to do my best to improve the quality of living for everyone else who calls this place home.

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Organization Endorsements

Kamloops and District Labour Council

We are the elected representatives of roughly 13,000 unionized workers in the Kamloops area covering Merritt to Valemount and Chase to Lillooet. Our affiliates work collaboratively to advance the economic and social welfare of workers and with other progressive organizations in the promotion of social justice and human rights as described in the United Nations’ Charter of Human Rights. We are members of the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, the latter of which represents over three-million unionized Canadians.

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BC Progressive Development Group

The BC Progressive Development Group (BCPDG) is a nonpartisan group that focuses on Federal, BC Provincial, and Municipal election issues that effect the people of British Columbia involved in construction and industrial fields.

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Endorsements

I have known Alison Klie since the day she was born. Caring, loving, confident but shy her whole life. Alison became a woman in the trades and realized the shy might have to go to survive. Awesome Alison shed the shy, painful at times, in a mam dominated work force. She wants to be the voice for those who want to be heard. Alison loves this city and wants it to grow and thrive. How refreshing it would be to have a young forward thinking woman on council to fight for a better Kamloops. I endorse Awesome Alison Klie for City Council.

Mark Graber, Member of United Steeler Workers

Nick Klie

Alison Klie is a strong-willed, hardworking, and compassionate person. It's time to add the voice of a young, female, Red Seal electrician to city council to represent working people like her, instead of the same old career politicians, business owners, and investment property owners. Alison is here to bring growth and progress to Kamloops!

Nick Klie, Manager at High Octane Comics (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Geordie Barr, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

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I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Crichton Campbell, President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

Alison Klie has repeatedly proven herself to be someone who isn't afraid to get involved and help with important issues in both the construction industry and the local community. Alison is a team player, working well with others, but takes the lead when required.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Dan Bicknell, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Dale Goforth, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Jordan Carroll, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Jordan DeGraaf, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Brian Nelson, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Richard Williston, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I simply love Alison. She is a true woman of her word. She goes over and above what needs to be done. She has a heard of gold. She is a great listener and isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right. This city needs an energetic, positive person like Alison to get things done!

Mary Kay sales Director

Allison will be a great addition to city council. She brings confidence, ability and youth to the table and a breath of fresh air!

Beat klossner, Candidate for School Trustee SD73 Kamloops (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Rich weare, Owner of Weare Electric and member of IBEW 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

Remi Dijkstra, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

Alison Klie has been vetted by the BCPDG and is endorsed as a candidate that is familiar with the issues that effect the people of British Columbia involved in construction and industrial fields.

BC Progressive Development Group (Website)

Alison cares about her community

Glen Hilton, Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council

John Jove, Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 993 (Website)

I'm so impressed with Alison's drive, passion, and commitment. Kamloops will be a better city by electing Alison to Kamloops City Council.

Tracy Schmidt, Former City Council Candidate (Website)

Mollie Routledge

I fully support Alison Klie for Kamloops City Council. She is well thought and versed in current issues and would be a great asset to the future council.

Mollie Routledge, Candidate for TNRD (Website)

Answers to Questions from the Public

Oct 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Jayne Trent asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Are you for, against, or undecided about land application of biosolids? If you are undecided will do you plan on taking what ever advice city staff puts forward to council or will you be doing your own independent research?


Alison Klie Answered

I am leaning towards being against. There seem to be a lot of risks in the process and I would like to learn more about alternative options. It is on my list of things to look in to further and I would definitely be open to hearing advice from those who have more experience with the process.

Oct 12, 2018 at 12:58 am

Darryl Schmidt asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

If your campaign had a theme song, what would it be?


Alison Klie Answered

Family friendly choice is The Champion by Carrie Underwood and my explicit one is Hard Out Here by Lily Allen that second one seems to be the anthem of my other chosen career as well.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Dick Stewart asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Alison Klie Answered

I am currently working as a red seal electrician at Advanced Electrical Systems here in Kamloops.

I am fortunate to have an employer that supports me and is willing to allow me to work my hours around the requirements of council.

Oct 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Leslie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What are your thoughts on accountability and transparency and Council decisions made behind closed doors?

Far too often it appears that decisions are taken 'in camera' because the Community Charter ALLOWS the topic to be taken behind closed doors, not because the discussion/decision HAS to be taken behind closed doors.
(The Community Charter is clear on which topics must be discussed in private and which may be discussed in private, leaving a lot of leeway for lack of transparency.)


Alison Klie Answered

One of my main platform points is transparency in government and community engagement. I believe that information on what is going on in council and around the city should be easily accessed and understood. If there is a two hundred page plan or agenda there should be an accurate summarized version so that citizens can quickly learn what it is about. There should be short recaps of council meetings available with important dates and information released weekly. I would also like to see the council meetings moved to a time of day where the average working person can actually make it out to voice their opinion or listen to what is being spoken about. I also believe a better job can be done in informing the rest of the public when important meetings are taking place to hopefully improve public turn out.

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Julie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

After having lived in more than a few cities, I have found Kamloops lacking in many different areas such as transit, road maintenance, traffic flow, taxis (very big issue!) and pedestrian accessibility. Have you taken into account these issues and what are your solutions be timeline?

Thank you,

Julie


Alison Klie Answered

Yes I have heard from many people about these issues. Transit routes need to be improved to make that a more viable option for people who live around the city. Pot holes need to be properly patched and we need to look at resurfacing the roads that are the most damaged. Bike lanes should be mandatory on all new roads so that cyclist have a place to ride but also so that there is room for snow to be collected during winter. Having designated detour routes for larger trucks would also be something to look into so that they are not needing to travel through the main arteries of the city. I would also like to see more programs like the ride share and rental car services that TRU has set up.

Sep 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Tabitha Gallicano asks the City Councillor Candidates

Some have already answered this question on facebook. But here it is in case some missed it that might want to answer.
Property Crime and petty theft has increased in Kamloops over the last couple of years. We have initiated the Cap program on the North shore and have noticed an improvement with their presence. We have a great presence of RCMP as well as the re-emergence of neighbourhood block watches. There are further design and landscaping techniques we can utilize that also deters criminal behaviour. What are your thoughts on some provisions and/or steps within councils jurisdiction that could be implemented in order to reduce property and vehicle crime.


Alison Klie Answered

Supporting education initiatives for the public is the simplest way. Using that we can remind people to keep their doors locked, to store more valuable items in their homes or in locked sheds, and install motion sensor lights. We should also have easy information on how start a neighbourhood watch organization and find ways to support them. Getting to know your neighbours will help encourage them to keep an eye on your house as well as theirs. With the now full compliment of RCMP I hope that police presence will improve around the city.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Melissa asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What are 3 things you think are going well for Kamloops, what 3 things need improving and what are 3 things you'd like to express that could promote compassion and dignity towards our cities most vulnrable?


Alison Klie Answered

Three things I think are going well are, working with the Secwepemc people to add the transit line and to possibly turn Stuart Wood into a cultural centre, updating and improving facilities on the TRU campus, and the pedestrian plaza on fourth avenue.

Three things that need improving are transparency in government and community engagement, snow clearing and pot holes, and streamlining the process of building and business permits. That might be considered six things but I think that each of the groupings is its own issue.

I believe that the cities most vulnerable are the at risk children who come from abusive or uninterested households and women who are homeless or trapped in an abusive situation.
There needs to be a separate shelter for women who are struggling with homelessness and addiction, the Y women's' shelter is for women and their children escaping a dangerous situation and they do not have the ability to properly care for someone with an addiction. Meal programs for children of all ages in any school is a great start to ensure no child is left without proper nutrition and after school programs can offer different learning opportunities they may not get at home.

I have had the privilege of doing electrical work at the y women's shelter, I cannot go into specifics but the women who work there and reside there are some of the strongest and most giving people I have met. It is a safe haven and I would like to see them continue and improve this service. When I was in grade eight I would volunteer at John Todd Elementary, now the YMCA, and I would see children come to school wearing flip flops in January and no jacket. Many children relied on the meal programs to be the most nutritious meals of their day. I would donate my clothes and have young girls tell me the clothing article I gave them was their new favourite because it was like new. These children have no choice. They are not able to make a decision to seek help and better their lives. We have a responsibility to them to make sure they are safe, healthy, and happy.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Peter Kerek asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Food Banks first started appearing in Canada in the early 1980's - and their usage has only increased since then. Why do you think Food Banks have become a permanent institution in Canada, even though we live in a country that has no shortage of food? And what systemic changes need to occur to eliminate the need for Food Banks?


Alison Klie Answered

I believe that food banks have become so permanent because we live in a time where the poor are expected to choose other basic necessities such as transportation, internet, and communication over food. Food is an easy item to supply, as you said we have no shortage of it. The way to change this is to raise minimum wage in areas according to cost of living. We also need to make access to things like a cell phone and the internet a right. Its hard to get and keep a job when you don't have a cell phone or regular access to a computer. Minimum wage should be able to cover all your expenses including rent, transportation, communication, home bills, and food. I believe in fair wages and meaningful employment for all Canadian Citizens.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Peter Kerek asks the City Councillor Candidates

Are there any social justice causes you're personally active in, or, at least interested in?


Alison Klie Answered

It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I am a feminist. That term has been transformed in a negative way but I believe that anyone who is passionate about promoting equality for all in not just the work place but throughout society is a feminist. I also fully support LGBTQ+ and people of colour equality groups as well. I have not personally experienced these groups' struggles but do what I can to be an ally and support them in any way I can. I am a part of a women in trades mentorship group where we provide a safe space to speak about our experiences and problems and work together to find solutions.

I also enjoy participating in fundraising activities such as the coldest night of the year, tough mudder, mudderella, and other similar events. I enjoy getting the opportunity to not only raise money but to spread awareness and show support as well. I am always interested to learn more about different activist groups and to find out the interesting and inspiring ways they have helped our world.

Sep 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

David Johnson asks the City Councillor Candidates

Talk about the need for a Kamloops Performing Arts Centre, discuss the concept behind the number of seats it should have, where it should be built, and the build project administrative and financial structure (grassroots, City, Prov, Fed), that it would take to build and operate it.
Given Kamloops recent experience, what is the best approach?


Alison Klie Answered

I was in favour of the original Performing Arts Centre proposal. I believe that it was handled poorly by the last council. There was no easily accessible information so what most people heard was from the opposition. We would have gotten a grant specifically intended for the purpose of building that kind of project, but we had to match what was given. In the end it would have been a publicly owned space that the city of Kamloops would have been collecting direct revenue from. Now it looks like if we do get one it will either be private or much smaller than would have been originally possible. Without that grant I don't think the citizens of Kamloops will want to pay for a project of that size and scope. I would still like to see this type of building come to Kamloops because it would help our city to grow and become more prosperous.

The type of centre that I would like to see would be centrally located in downtown Kamloops and be a large one to two thousand seat multi-use space. Somewhere to hold not only arts performances but all kinds of concerts and even comedy shows. There would be a lobby area for food and drink sales and a place to go for intermissions or pre and post event mingling. Underneath would be a parkade large enough that those attending the show would be able to drive to the venue and park on site if they so wish. When events are not taking place the parkade would be open for paid public parking. Not only would this provide construction and facility jobs but it would bring more business to the surrounding area. It would attract visitors who will stay at nearby hotels and eat at local restaurants and bring out of town money into the city. This is what we could have had and I hope we can still find a way to get.

Sep 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Jennifer Davis asks the Mayor Candidates

Do you support starting curbside composting in Kamloops? If so would you expect citizens to reduce their need for garbage collection? Also what timeframe do you see curbside composting implemented in?


Alison Klie Answered

I think it is an interesting idea. It all comes down to cost though. I admit that with the composting sites having more limited hours now it is becoming harder to responsibly dispose of that type of waste. There is also the issue with storing it in animal proof containers if they are going to be kept outside and having to change the trucks. If there is a way to do all of this and still have it be cost effective then I would definitely support implementing this type of program. I believe it would be a positive step toward being more environmentally friendly.

Sep 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Bryce asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

British Columbians are actually heading to two polls this year, municipal and we also have the mail-in referendum on Proportional Representation.

What's your position on Proportional Representation and why? Should Kamloops also consider some sort of electoral reform for municipal to ensure each area/neighbourhood of Kamloops gets equitable representation on council? Perhaps even lowering the municipal voting age to 16 to get youth more engage.


Alison Klie Answered

After having done my research I will be voting for Rural Urban Proportional. When BC was first asked if we would like a change 58% voted yes with the majority being in favour of Single Transferable Voting which is utilized the best in Rural Urban Proportional. I believe that we are due for a change, and voting reform is the best way to do that.

I firmly believe that Single Transferable Voting is the most accurate way to represent voters, if we did put forward the idea of local voting reform I would push for that to be the new system. This video explains it really well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8XOZJkozfI

I would be in favour of a younger voting age. I think that engaging youth is important in order to build an interest in politics. If you're old enough to have a job and be paying insurance you should be able to take on the civic responsibility of voting.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

William Turnbull asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

Why do you want to be elected?


Alison Klie Answered

I want to be elected because I will bring a different voice and point of view to council. I grew up in Kamloops and want to do my part to make it a better place.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Nevin Webster asks the City Councillor Candidates

What is something that costs less than $10 a month that you think the current city council should utilize to improve Kamloops starting today?


Alison Klie Answered

It wouldn't cost any money but just a little bit of time. If I am elected into office I would like to look into starting a regular column with Kamloops this week where I give a recap of what is happening in the council meetings. It would be short and to the point article that the citizens of Kamloops can use to stay informed on the decisions being made without needing to put in a lot of time or effort. By creating more transparency in the local government I believe we could better engage the citizens and therefore make more informed decisions.

Sep 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Deanna Gilbert asks the City Councillor Candidates

What practical policies do you support that will improve the lives of LBGTQ+ people in Kamloops? For example, do you support the conversion of gendered single stall bathrooms (i.e. Men/Women) to non-gendered bathrooms. This wouldn't even necessarily need new signs, but removing the one displaying the Man/Woman icon.


Alison Klie Answered

Increasing the education programs and information available to people of all ages on the issues and facts of the LGBTQ+ community would be a good start. As for the bathrooms I believe that removing signage from single person bathrooms would be a good idea. Many times people already use whichever one is open we would just install the feminine waste containers and urinals if necessary. As for multi stall bathrooms in public places I still believe there is a need for the separation of not necessarily gender but sex divided washrooms. Take for instance a bar, as a young woman I have found the washroom to be a safe space to get away from someone who is making me uncomfortable and I think that is really important. My overall opinion is you should be able to use the washroom for the gender you identify as or the sex that you are.

Aug 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What do you see as the single most important issue facing Kamloops right now?
What are your ideas for managing or overcoming this issue?


Alison Klie Answered

Although there are some pretty hot button issues to choose from I am going to go with the issue I have found the most frustrating and I believe would be the easiest to rectify. Communication. Whenever ordinary citizens are trying to find out more information on what is happening at city council meetings it is quite difficult. When you do find what you're looking for it is usually way more than just the basics of what you want to know. There should be a much more open and transparent dialogue between the citizens and their counsellors. Many times I found that decisions had been made that I didn't even realize were being discussed, and many of the public meetings happen at times when people who work a nine to five job wouldn't be able to attend. So many people feel disenfranchised with their government and I don't blame them. It is hard to care when information is so hard to come by. I believe that government officials need to do a better job at sharing what information they can and changing the stereotype of shady politics.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Are there any specific ways that you can see that the city can better serve the business community?


Alison Klie Answered

I believe revitalizing and redensifying downtown and the Kamloops core will greatly improve local business. Downtown Kamloops should be a destination where locals and visitors should want to spend lots of time, walking around the shops and eating some incredible food. Right now we have a bit of a parking issue but I believe that if we can get more high rise real estate buildings near the core less people would need to drive to work and therefor it would free up parking. By investing in the core of Kamloops we will attract more tourism which will improve business revenue. I also believe that if we could move the farmers market to a block or two of Victoria street and have the booths down the centre while the stores are open down the side we can really capitalize on the proven success of our farmers market.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What are the most important changes to the budget that you'd like to see?


Alison Klie Answered

The first step is to do a full evaluation of the current budget. We need to find out where we are spending our money and whether or not it is being utilized in the best way. Once that is done we can make an informed decision on wear to make cuts or increase spending. I would also like to say that I am not against raising taxes to properly invest in our city. How can we expect to get better if we keep wanting to pay less for everything? It saves money when you get it done right the first time.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What additions or improvements would you like to see to the recreational offerings in Kamloops?


Alison Klie Answered

I would like to see a new concert house. Something in between the size of the Sagebrush and the Sandman Centre. I would also love to see a new water park, a few nearby cities have proven how great an attraction they can be to tourism. I would also like to see the farmers market moved to Victoria Street.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor Candidates

Do you consider yourself:
A) Leader
B) Team player
C) Lone wolf

Explain


Alison Klie Answered

I am a bit of all three. I feel that it is important to be flexible in the way you look at a situation. Depending on what needs to get done I will gladly take on the responsibility to do it myself, lead others, or listen to directions. Whatever role I need to play I guarantee you it will be with enthusiasm and determination.