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EDITORIAL: Nitchie’s drive will be missed
Ryan Nitchie should serve as an inspiration to any young adult contemplating getting involved in politics.
The 41-year-old Armstrong grocery clerk told The Morning Star Monday he is resigning his seat on Armstrong council to take a full-time job with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District in Salmon Arm as a team leader of community services. Nitchie will be involved in mainly managing facilities and fire services contracts, along with some other contracts.
Nitchie went to Okanagan College to study political science, and while stocking shelves at Askew’s Foods in Armstrong in 1996, he was approached by then-councillor Betty Atkinson to put his name on the ballot.
Nitchie did and was never knocked off the ballot, having been elected to six consecutive terms. His last day with Armstrong council is July 31.
What Nitchie brought to voters, right from the get-go, was passion for the community – the man bleeds Shamrocks green – and youthful exuberance.
There is no better example of that than in 2011 when Nitchie spearheaded the community’s bid to have TSN come to town to broadcast its popular SportsCentre program from downtown Armstrong.
Following Nitchie’s lead, the community won and received $25,000 to go toward improvements on the aging Hassen Arena.
There’s an opening on Armstrong council come November, and anyone who shares Nitchie’s passion and drive for the city should do what the late Betty Atkinson suggested Nitchie do: let their name stand.
And don’t let age be a deterrent. Nitchie’s political career began at 22.