The following biographies are in alphabetical order:
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.
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:
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: