Meet your 2014-2018 Councillors!

The following biographies are in alphabetical order:

Councillor John Baher

8468 Baher Road, North Sparwood
Cell: 250.425.5300
  

I feel very privileged to have been elected to my first Council term and I will work hard for our great community. Myself, my father (John), and my grandfather (John) are all from the valley and as such I am proud to call Sparwood my home.  I was born in the Michel Hospital in 1969.  Diana and I have two children, Brayden and Morgan, whom are both very active with minor hockey. After graduating from Sparwood Secondary in 1987, I attended the East Kootenay Community College in Cranbrook where I completed my Business Administration courses with a major in Accounting.  In 1999, Diana and I moved back to Sparwood and opened the A&W restaurant on September 27.  After operating the restaurant for 13 years, and being involved with restaurant management for 20 plus years, we sold the A&W in September of 2012. Currently I am employed at Kal Tire in Saprwood as an inside Sales Associate and spend the majority of my time working directly with the five Teck coal sites here in the valley. I look forward to being part of a great team helping to move Sparwood into the future.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Councillor Baher represents his community as a member of the following committees and boards:
Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • August to November 2015
  • December 2016 to March 2017

Brad Bowen

414 Willow Place, Sparwood
Cell: 250.425.5767
  

My wife and I moved to the Elk Valley to work for Kaiser Coal Ltd. in February of 1970. After brief stays in Fernie and the Crowsnest Pass we settled in Sparwood in 1972 and have lived here ever since.  We have two sons, both born in the Michel hospital, and four grandchildren all of whom are currently living in Sparwood. I hope to spend the rest of my life here and have no plans of going anywhere else. I was very active in volunteer work when my children were younger. I was president of the Sparwood Daycare Centre and coached and was president of Sparwood Minor Hockey and Minor Baseball. I believe Sparwood has a rich and wonderful past and a bright future and I hope to play a part in this. I have recently retired and can now devote the time and effort it takes to do a good job representing the citizens of Sparwood as a member of Council. What I lack in experience, I make up for in enthusiasm.

Councillor Bowen represents his community as a member of the following committees and boards:

Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • April to July 2015
  • December 2017 to March 2018

Lois Halko

304 Pine Avenue, Sparwood
Cell: 250.910.0364
Home: 250.425.7256
 

I feel very honoured to have been elected to the office of Councillor for the District of Sparwood in the Municipal election of November 2014. I served the community in the role of Mayor for the previous term, and as Councillor in the term before that. Before becoming involved in local government, I had a 29 year career in the Public Service by providing Community Health Nursing services to the residents of Sparwood and the Elk Valley. Participating in inter-discipline committees and assisting individuals put me in touch with the life of our town. Having been involved with the public on a daily basis, I look forward to continuing that connection and to bringing comments and concerns forward. The municipal political level is the one closest to the people and the one likely to be most important to them. Our local Council is also most likely to impact and to improve people’s lives. It is my hope that together, we can enhance this beautiful community and make it a safe and an appealing place to live for a lifetime. My family roots go back 108 years in this community. I was born in Natal and graduated from Sparwood Secondary School. For 12 years following, I studied nursing and worked in numerous cities across Canada. Upon returning in 1971, I married and happily raised my two children here. My Mom, who now lives with me, is 99 years of age. She has lived in this community all of her life, having been born in Michel. I have a large extended family and a great many interests some of which include a book club, the CWL, swimming, travel, writing, and spending as much time as possible with my six delightful grandchildren who are all under 13 years of age!

Councillor Halko represents her community as a member of the following committees and boards:

Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • December 2014 to March 2015
  • August to November 2017

Joe Jarina

411 Englemann Spruce Drive, Sparwood
Home: 250.425.4458
 

I was born and have lived all my life in the Valley, working 42 years at three different coal mines. I am married to Penny, and have three children – two daughters and one son and seven grandchildren. I was first elected to Council in 1979 and served four terms to 1988. During this time I was involved in three major projects – building of the Sparwood Pool and Recreation Complex, development of Sparwood Heights, and building of the Highway 43 bypass and road to Sparwood Heights. My hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, taking care of grandchildren, and walking. This will be my fifth term on Sparwood Council. I look forward to working with the new Council and being part of the future of Sparwood. Please feel free to contact me any time.

Councillor Jarina represents his community as a member of the following committees and boards:

Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • December 2015 to March 2016
  • April to July 2017

Jenna Jensen

5909 Highway 43, Sparwood
Cell: 250.425.9044
 

I am, and have done many things throughout my adult life but the most important role I have is being a mother. Together with my husband Aaron, we are raising an amazing daughter, Abbygail-Rose and a curious and sometimes mischievous little boy Logan. As they grew up, it was quite surreal to walk Abby into the same school and classroom I had began Kindergarten and watch Logan in swimming lessons in the same pool I once learned as a child. My great grandparents and grandparents began their lives in Michel and Natal so my roots here run deep. This community and the people who live here have played a huge part in my childhood and youth and those role models have helped me become who I am today. It is my passion to help make a positive difference in our community and have always tried to do this, whether it be reporting on stories that are important to our residents or in the capacity of being a volunteer. I am always so impressed by the caring, kind, and generous people that work and volunteer tirelessly to make Sparwood what it is today. I look forward to this role as Councillor and hope I can help in continuing to make Sparwood a place we are all so proud to call home.

Councillor Jensen represents her community as a member of the following committees and boards:

Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • April to July 2016
  • August to October 2018

Margaret McKie

463 White Birch Crescent, Sparwood
Home: 250.425.6561
 

I have lived in the valley all of my life. I am married to Fraser McKie and we have three daughters, Christine (Marvin) Stolarchuk, Karla (Denis) Otting and Sharlene (Dan) Charest.  We have eight grandchildren, Drayson, Taylor, Erik, Jordi, Sage, Addison and twin boys Carter and Charlie. In my spare time I love walking, camping, spending time with friends and family and my two shiztsus Molly and Puggy. This will be my fourth term on Council and I look forward to working with our new Councillors and new Mayor.  I am passionate about Sparwood and enjoy being a part of going forward with new development and other projects that will benefit everyone.  One major development I was proud to be a part of is the new pedestrian walking bridge and CPR overpass.  It is truly breathtaking to walk and I encourage everyone if able to take in its beauty. I will work hard for the benefit of the taxpayers and together with the other Councillors will make well informed decisions.

Councillor McKie represents her community as a member of the following committees and boards:

Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • August to November 2016
  • April to July 2018