Injured Kamloops councillor absent from council for indefinite period

FILE PHOTO - Coun. Pat Wallace, right, is pictured with Coun. Ken Christian.

KAMLOOPS - An injury may sideline a Kamloops city councillor for an indefinite amount of time.

Mayor Peter Milobar says Coun. Pat Wallace fell at the city’s public consultation meeting on aquatic recreation facilities on March 7 at Parkcrest elementary. He says she fell in a dark area of the parking lot and it was a rainy night.

The fall meant Wallace has not able to attend council functions, including two regular council meetings and the last two public aquatic recreation facilities meetings.

Milobar says it’s not clear when she may return to her civic duties.

CAO David Trawin says the city can’t comment on the nature or severity of Wallace’s injury. He says she fell after the meeting at Parkcrest elementary outside of the school when she tripped over a barrier between two parking lots.

“It’s a personal health matter and our city policy is not to disclose,” he says.

He says the city does have an insurance policy pertaining to volunteers and councillors and she’ll be able to use if she so chooses, but he hasn’t heard any updates from Wallace yet.

Trawin says while city policy does say if a councillor misses a few consecutive council meetings there may be action taken, Wallace doesn’t fall under that policy since she is absent due to a health issue.

The city’s risk management team did investigate the site, Trawin says, and has forwarded the information on the the school board.

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