Vernon woman will run for the Green Party in upcoming provincial election

Keli Westgate will run for the B.C. Green Party in the May 2017 provincial election.
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VERNON - A Vernon woman is vying for a seat in the upcoming provincial election.

The B.C. Green Party announced today, Feb. 16, that Keli Westgate will be running in the Vernon-Monashee riding. 

Westgate is the sales and marketing manager for Spa Hills Compost, a job that has her travelling around the Okanagan and Shuswap helping businesses reduce their waste by diverting it from landfills, according to a media release issued by the Green Party.

Westgate previously worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Youth Programs Division as a workshop facilitator on the topic of Gang and Youth Violence prevention, the release says.

“I believe Vernon-Monashee is ready for a fresh perspective and some new leadership,” Westgate says in the release. “As a mother of a school-aged child and the daughter of senior parents who live here, I am very motivated to build a valley that works for us all, where health is a top priority, and people can feel supported by their community when they need help and where all of us chip in and work together to improve all of our lives. I hope to inspire others to action, especially those that have felt left behind by the status quo.”

Leader of the B.C. Green Party Andrew Weaver says Westgate is a welcome addition to the team.

“She is a dynamic professional with experience in multiple fields that will be invaluable in the B.C. Legislature,” Weaver says in the release.

Westgate's full bio can be found here. 

The provincial election is on May 9. 

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