Giesbrecht would be pleased with aquatic centre

Goal: ‘real’ engagement from District/CRD to volunteer organizations

Rita Giesbrecht

Councillor candidate


Are you in favour of an aquatic centre?

As a former competitive swimmer and sometime instructor, swimming is my workout of choice, so I’d be in a pool most days.

Nothing would make me more pleased than to be part of building a vibrant and thriving local economy, such that building a world-class aquatic centre, and potential training facility for national-level swimmers, is the logical next step.

Strategic and comprehensive planning that is then implemented is the key for a culture of healthy, universally accessible recreation.


What is the most important thing you want to accomplish?

I am motivated by one aim that has many small pieces.

Simply put: to see 100 Mile House become the rural small-town jewel that I know it can be, by maximizing a long list of neglected and potential assets.

First piece: facilitate collaborative partnerships between local government and the many, many, organizations that are working hard, and burning out volunteers, whose work would be made more effective by real engagement with elected decision makers, both District of 100 Mile House and Cariboo Regional District.

A policy advisement committee from local agencies; an Economic Development Officer who truly “gets” this place; an Office of Arts and Culture and Events Co-ordination; a Local Initiatives Office to support innovative entrepreneurs in their efforts.

Above all I welcome the chance to develop the Martin Cecil Centre for Excellence at the Lodge complex; and a Community Food Action Plan and Food Policy.

In the last 15 years I have learned the responsibilities of community groups can only succeed in partnership with local government. That is my goal.