Election 2014: District of Barriere council candidate Harry Eberts

Harry Eberts is no stranger to serving on municipal government, served as Alderman in Sparwood

Harry Eberts

Harry Eberts

The Star/Journal asked Harry Eberts why he has put his name forward for councillor in the District of Barriere?

“I have been encouraged by friends and acquaintances who have confidence in me.  I’m retired and I think that I can contribute to the community,” said Eberts who purchased a home in Barriere in 2006, “I currently volunteer with the Barriere Curling Club, Thompson Valley Players and the North Thompson Volunteer Centre.”

Eberts comes with experience.  His resume includes serving one term as a municipal alderman for the District of Sparwood,  maintenance supervisor for the Coast Mountain School District in Terrace, maintenance/operations manager for School District 70 in Alberni, and he owned and operated his own home automation and electrical company on the Lower Mainland.

Eberts shared some thoughts about the community.  “The Agriplex – talk about a coup for the community – that was excellent!  ‘Build it and they will come’ is actually true; we’ve seen the Provincial Winter Fair, the Canadian National Sheep Show, Bullarama, and more come to our community because of the Agriplex. All very positive signs for our community.

“I am encouraged the sewer system is going in, but at the same time quite disappointed that the upgrade for the water system was defeated due to having to borrow the money.”

“Responsible fiscal prudence,” says Eberts is the first item on his election platform, followed by, “Striving for a total sense of harmony and cooperation in all aspects of the municipality, upgrading the water system, listening intently to all citizens of the region and bringing their concerns to council, and actively promoting the splash park.”

Regarding a vision for the future of the community Eberts says, “I’d like to see us promoting more business, being it commercial or light industrial, so that our children and our children’s children can stay here.  I will be striving to promote business to come here.  If we attract one business it will help to attack another and another, and to feed all of this will be construction which in turn feeds something else, and in this way the growth will feed on itself.  With change comes progress, and with progress a higher quality of healthy living for the community.”

Eberts says he is very happy living in Barriere.

“I really, really like living here.  There isn’t anything about Barriere that I would change.  Golfing is just five minutes away, and world renowned Sun Peaks Resort is only 45 minutes  away. Kamloops is close and offers a large variety of shopping with prices comparable with the Lower Mainland. Why would you want to live anywhere else?”

You can contact Harry Eberts at 250-672-5859, cell 778-220-3462 or email:  heberts@telus.net.