October 03, 2014 - 8:30 AM
KELOWNA – The woman who coordinated the evacuation of thousands of residents during the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park fire is running for a seat on council.
Beryl Itani, 76, was the Emergency Social Services director for the Central Okanagan for 30 years. She retired in 2011.
According to the City of Kelowna website, Itani has filed the necessary paperwork with City Hall and will appear on the ballot of the November 15 municipal election.
Her campaign statement says Itani will focus on social issues facing the community.
“I am appalled that one out of every six children in our community has to make use of the food bank,” she writes. “There should be no family in our city, in our country that does not have adequate access to clean healthy housing, clothing and education.”
“We need more affordable housing in this community, not just for the lower income families, but for those younger working families who are finding it difficult to find affordable housing. There are many seniors in our community who need better accommodation and meals.”
Itani was twice named Kelowna’s Woman of the Year for her work with ESS and in 2011, January 20 was named “Beryl Itani Day” in Kelowna.
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