A 150 Mile House resident with experience working in forestry and ranching is vying for the Area F director seat on the Cariboo Regional District board.
Conrad Turcotte said he moved to the Cariboo in 1967 and worked at West Fraser sawmill for many years before retiring and starting his own contracting company. When they lived at Spokin Lake his family raised cattle.
“I decided to run for CRD because I am retired and will have time to devote to it,” he said.
Issues differ from community to community, Turcotte said, noting the main issue for Area F is communication — cell service and high speed internet.
“I’ve been out campaigning for about a month now and when I go to Horsefly, Likely, Miocene, there’s no service. It’s something that is a real problem for pretty much everybody. People would like to see better service.”
He also said it is important for residents to have a say when it comes to land development and that he will work to improve services for waste and recycling management.
Turcotte has been a volunteer firefighter with in the CRD for 23 years, 12 years with Miocene and the rest with the 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Dept.
Recently he co-ordinate an all-agency response training exercise held at the 150 Mile fire hall.
Turcotte lives with his wife Deb at 150 Mile House.
Their daughter is an instrumentation mechanic at a pulp mill in Prince George.
As for his strengths, he said he is very interested in communicating with constituents.
“I’ve been going to committee meetings in Horsefly, Likely and Miocene, and I noticed the volunteers they have in those communities are great. They have different problems and different solutions.”