Niki Remesz, a Kamloops marketing and business consultant, is taking a run at becoming the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Liberal candidate in the 2015 federal election.
Remesz says she was approached earlier this year to consider going for the Liberal nomination because of her active community involvement and volunteerism.
It is her foray into politics at any level, but serving her community has always been important. “Running for politics has never been on my radar,” she says.
“When I was asked to consider running for federal Liberal MP, I thought it would allow me to have a greater impact on social, economic and environmental concerns throughout the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.”
Remesz received the City of Kamloops’ Distinguished Service Award in 2013 being recognized as a prolific volunteer.
Some of the community events she is involved with are chairing the Thompson Rivers University Alumni & Friends Association, past volunteer co-ordinator with Theatre BC’s Mainstage (three years), usher with Western Canada Theatre and Medal’s Chair 2013 BC Senior’s Games.
Remesz says people and Canadian values are at the forefront of her platform.
Her other planks include communication and transparency in regards to how government listens and responds to the needs of all Canadians; economy and environment health “because the two can co-exist;” fairness for the 99 per cent of the population (especially our seniors and small business owners) who work way too hard; and compassion for those who are vulnerable and need a hand up.
Remesz is married to Steve who is secondary school teacher and they have an 11-year-old son.
She has lived in Kamloops since 1995, and her hobbies include running half marathons, golfing, hiking and a curling.
Remesz played lead at the 2013 100 Mile House Ladies bonspiel where her team took the A.
If she wins the Liberal nomination, Remesz says she will be travelling to all corners of the riding to listen to people’s concerns and suggestions.