Jennifer Dawn Adams

Jennifer Dawn Adams

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Candidate for City Councillor

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Jennifer Dawn Adams

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Resident of: City Centre
Age: 48
Current Occupation: Self Employed

Political Experience:

In 2017 I ran for Kamloops City Council in the by-election. Over the past year I have done my best to shadow city council attending many of city council meeting and public hearings. I take copious notes. I have done my homework and have a very good idea of what it takes to a good city councillor. In 2017 I began a two year term on the Social Planning Council for the City of Kamloops. I have been a political activist for 25 years advocating and protesting for peace, the environment, civil rights and diversity. Over the past five years I became very active in both provincial and federal politics volunteering for candidates. I have been a volunteer on the BC NDP Executive and the Federal NDP Executive as well as an active election campaign volunteer.


I am a proud mother to four daughters ages 21, 15, 14 and 12. I am 48 and ran for council in 2017. I was born in Cranbrook BC, and moved to Kamloops in 2011. I fell in love with the generous and compassion people of Kamloops, our beautiful rivers, and our music and art scene. I attend Music In The Park faithfully, have a dog named Blue and rent a beautiful heritage home in the heart of downtown.
I recently worked for AXIS Family Resources as a residential care worker serving youth in care. I have been a small business person my whole life with experience as a real estate investor, developer and landlord. I owned and operated a successful soap manufacturing company, and a fire and flood insurance restoration company. I have a deep interest in law, civil rights, social justice and protecting the environment and trained as a legal assistant in 2016.

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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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Jennifer is an amazing human. She has worked very hard her whole life and is bright, dedicated and willing to take on this job for the greater good. She has my vote!

Karla Pearce, Kamloops Artist (Website)

Answers to Questions from the Public

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

It is a Toss up between “Legendary” by Pop Evil and The Arkells “Relentless” for my victory song when I win that seat on Kamloops City Council by a landslide. Want more Kamloops, get one & vote!!!, and this one Mix tape #Kampaign2018 \m/ rock n roll #Kamloops, #getoutandvote. Let's Go!! #BeLegendary

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.

Jennifer Adams Answered

Sight lines and keeping areas open are important. Block watch is great and helps. Residents can improve security by installing lighting and secure fencing and locking up valuables. Neighbourhoods can get a lot done by approaching various committees that can forward recommendations to council or even directly to staff to consider changes. Video taping illegal activity helps, residents can play a part in their neighbourhoods. Hopefully some of the new developments, cold weather shelters and an increase in surveillance, recording and reporting will help. We all have a part we can play in making our community safer.

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.)

Jennifer Adams Answered

Yes, the Community Charter allows many decisions to be made in camera behind closed doors with little to no public or council consultation. A new policy was adopted at the eleventh hour of our current council - Policy No. GGA-40, Procurement, effective September 18, 2018. Unfortunately I believe this policy change will lead to even less transparency and public consultation, not more. I feel very strongly that procurement policy and practice should become more transparent to encourage accountability and fairness and believe it would go a long way to calm the water around residents who feel they are kept in the dark and have no control over the spending of THIER money. If a company bids on a publicly funded project instead of protecting the bid process from public eyes those bidding would have to be comfortable with the public process. The Organization is spending public money whether the funds are coming from municipal coffers, provincial taxation or federal tax dollars - it is the people who are paying and they deserve full disclosure and much more effective open and transparent process, not less. I was very disappointed that this policy decision was not put off until a new council was brought in. Rolling it back now will be much more difficult.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?

Jennifer Adams Answered

I have had a number of small businesses over the years and very few job, jobs. Most of my experience is as a self employed entrepreneur. My last highly successful company was called Home Aid Restorations Ltd which I ran and co-owned with my ex husband doing Fire and Flood Insurance Restoration. I have had a Real Estate Development Company Called King Street NW Development Company and a manufacturing company making up to 10,000 bars of soap a month called Kootenay Valley Soap Company. I have worked at Health Food Stores and even sold shoes for Foot Locker for a summer. My very first job was at McDonalds.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

A water slide and free public outdoor skating rink - maybe both in the same spot so it could be an all season family fun land.

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


Jennifer Adams Answered

I think I am a little of all three. I am definitely a leader, I am not afraid to push forward without direction or instruction, I do not sit on fences and am not afraid to take a stand. I can be an effective team player, but, prefer to lead. I consider myself a lone wolf, an alpha lone wolf. I am not afraid to stand alone and will put myself in the line of fire to protect the pack.

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.

Jennifer Adams Answered

I think that creating non-gender bathrooms is a simple safe and effective way to support the LGBTQ2S+ community. It is something that does not really impact the other members of the community but will go a long way to support our LGBTQ2S+ community. I do think that some may need to be educated about it as there is still a lot of ignorance in the community in regards to gender neutrality. I also think that all cities should offer workshops to staff for sensitivity training and direction on policy for the community. I also believe that organizations can do more to ensure they have good hiring practices to encourage, attract and retain a diverse staff.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

I would try and make the $10.00 turn into more. So, if the city put forward $10.00 a month and encourage residents to also donate $10 a month at the end of the year. If every household got involved we would have a good start on the fundraising for the Performing Arts Centre.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

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

Why do you want to be elected?

Jennifer Adams Answered

Running for council is a calling for me. I am very interested in policy and politics and feel that my experience in contracting, real estate development and as a small business employer will benefit the city. I am not afraid to handle the difficult issues, have a good head for budgets and numbers, an ear that listens and a voice I am not afraid to use to represent the people needs. I have great ideas and think outside the box.

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.

Jennifer Adams Answered

I am in full support of looking at lowering the voting age in all elections and I am in favor of Proportional Representation. One possible disadvantages of proportional representation is that it may not produce a majority government but the benefits outweigh the negatives. There is a lot of misinformation that PR will benefit the governing party, not true. Under first past the post government wins 100% of the power with 40% of the votes. Many believe that PR would result in higher voter turnouts as the electorate would come to realise that their votes really count. Whether candidates do not support PR or do support PR, it does not have much bearing on our ability to act as an effective councillor. Steer away from partisan politics and support a candidate because they love the city, are engaged, have a strong voice to represent residents and want to help make the city shine. Strengthening neighbourhood association is one way to make sure council and staff hear the issues from the community.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

Our recent defeat of the Performing Arts Council in Kamloops happened because the funding model was too top heavy. For a project like this to receive widespread support it must be funded more fairly. Bringing in benefactors and legacy donations are needed. More fundraising can be done from different levels of government as well and when most of it has been raised, I believe residents would support it. The centre has to be something that the whole community can use and could incorporate a gallery, office space and housing.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

I am involved in many social justice for peace and for the environment causes. I march each year in the Peace March and have participated in the pride parade for two decades. The Salmon Caravan and reserving our water and environment are important issues for me. I also volunteer for the Out of the Cold program and do a lot of outreach to the most vulnerable in our community. Running for Kamloops City council is a way for me get involved in in a more direct way and has provided a platform for me to speak to the things I am passionate about.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

Food banks exist because we have had a movement by government to rely on social agencies and the public generosity and compassion as currency instead of providing basic income, controlling housing and utility costs. This is systemic and affects everyone. The measure of success in society should not be gauged by how well the top earners are doing but how well the lowest earners are doing. In Canada the gap is growing governments continue to shift responsibility. Universal income, more employers willing to employ folks on disability or with barriers to employment would eliminate the need for Food Banks. People want a hand up, not a hand out.

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?

Jennifer Adams Answered

Three things that are going well: the plans for revitalizing downtown and the north shore and our expanded bus service. Things that are not going so well: affordable housing across the housing continuum, homelessness and community safety. Three things to promote compassion and dignity toward our vulnerable ones: public bathrooms (in the budget but hasn't materialized): 1. more shelter beds and permanent housing. 2. Jobs and businesses that are wiling to train and employ those with disabilities or barriers to employment. People want a hand up, not a hand out. 3. Get out and volunteer for the Mustard Seed and get to know our vulnerable residents, you might be surprised to find out why they are on the streets and why they are not getting help they need.