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A little about me I have done many things in my life. I was born in Vernon. watched the moon landing on a black and white TV in my moms and my mobile home in Kelowna when I was about 4 years old. I lived in Washington state when I was 5 until i was about 7 and then we moved to Vernon, then Lavington then Vernon then Lumby. I went to elementary school and Highschool there. Except for a brief year and a half when I went to Langley for Grade 9 and some of grade 10. I worked in Lumby during High school in my grandfather's gravel business and at his mechanics shop cleaning and doing the stuff nobody else wanted to do. I also worked at the Lucky Dollar grocery store after school for about a year. I worked a lot during high school I needed to in order to afford my 1969 Acadian it was a terrible car that cost a fortune to keep on the road.
After Highschool, I went to work for the family business in Calgary selling Stucco and landscape products in our store. I eventually moved to Langley and worked at a bar and then as a DJ in a few Bars in the lower mainland. I also worked for Heritage Office furniture in Vancouver part time. I did some extra work in TV productions like 21 Jump Street and Macgyver thought I might try being an actor but I kind of sucked at it. I did a few other things here and there got married moved to Armstrong had a small personal watercraft rental business on OK Lake and then bought a small sign and printing company. Sold that, went to school for Computer network engineering in Kelowna got divorced.
Worked in Kelowna for a while then moved to Vancouver and worked downtown running a large computer network for a company in the Bentall Towers. I moved to Kelowna and began Stock trading for a company called Swift Trade which I did for a while until I bought a Bar in Salmon Arm, which I ran for a few years and then eventually sold. I decided to travel a bit and while in South America met my future wife in Ecuador. I came back to Kelowna and worked for Swift Trade again and decided to get married. In order for this to happen I had to move to Ecuador and thought I might stay there. I could continue with my Stock Trading and all would be good. Really started to miss Kelowna and after a year I convinced my wife, we should move to Canada, so we did. I applied to have my wife come and we had to fill out the paperwork and wait a long time.
We did everything legally and it was involved. We landed in Edmonton on I believe December 18th, 2008, in what looked like a blizzard I thought my wife was gonna fall over when she saw all the snow. We caught our next flight to Kelowna and eventually got situated in Vernon. We stayed there for a while and then moved to Kelowna where i worked for H&R Block doing computer stuff as well as a doing computer upgrades etc. for various banks all over BC. I then worked at Shaw Cable in the tech support dept and eventually found my way to the Oilfields as a heavy equipment operator. Last but not least I became a real estate agent working here in Kelowna. Currently living in Kelowna with my Wife and 2 youngest children 11 and 8 years old.
Why Anthony as a Candidate?
I guess I could tell you more about me. I am trustworthy (they used to literally give me the keys to the bank) I go to Church most Sundays and have strong moral convictions and family values. I could say more about my life experiences and running for public office. I could say that I am an excellent communicator, find it easy to connect with people and understand their point of view as well as listen to what they want from a representative. I could do that, but really this shouldn't be about me. This is about our Riding, Kelowna Centre and the people we as a Party, the BC Conservatives hope to represent. If we want to help bring OUR shared vision of what BC can be we need a representative that has always said the job of the representative is to represent not to guide you to what they want you to do or say but to be guided by the people of the Riding. That is what I believe the job is. Of course it's important that our basic philosophies are the same, for the most part if we belong to this Party that part is a given. So less talking about I am, I can, I this, I that, but instead you tell me what you think needs to be done and changed. I have been trying to speak individually to as many Party members as I can over the last few weeks. I heard many things about healthcare, addiction, mental illness, homelessness, our education system & SOGI, One thing that really resonated with me was told to me by a money guy. he pointed out that as a region we don't get our fair share of the Provincial money pie. This effects almost all of the things I heard from so many of you. He told me numbers and stats the Coast and the Island versus the rest of us and I knew it was unequal but wow he knew this stuff cold. I pledge to always pay attention, less talking and more listening.
However, first we need to win this Riding without the win most of this will be for nothing. I have lived in Kelowna Centre. Right downtown, on Bertram, off Richter, at the White Tower on the Hwy & just off Clement. Worked in an Office in Town Center Mall. I live in the City of Kelowna. I know the people of this riding.
I am the Best Fit
Our healthcare system needs help. We keep dumping money in and nothing seems to change. From a shortage of staff and beds in hospitals right to a shortage of family doctors and over 1 year waiting lists to see some specialists.
High Cost of Living
For most of us the high cost of living is making it difficult to afford the things we need, much less the things we want.
Our work is never done, and we can use all the help we can get. One of the ways you can take part is by Volunteering. Always looking for talented people to help. Even a couple hours a month would be a big help.
Working on Election Day
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Making a Donation
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