Meet your 2018 - 2022 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:
  • November 2018 - February 2019
  • November 2020 - February 2021

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 five 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 Center 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 am retired after spending 36 years in the Maintenance Department as a Planner and a Supervisor at the Elkview mine and seven years as a Sales and Service Rep for Shaw’s Enterprises in Sparwood. I am currently retired and have been fortunate to have served the last four years on Council.

I am honoured to have been re-elected for a second term on Council and look forward to serving the citizens for Sparwood for another four years. I can be counted on to do my part so please don’t hesitant to call if you have any concerns or questions.

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

  • Public Relations Committee
  • Parcel Tax Review Panel
  • Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Past President of the Sparwood Daycare Centre
  • Past President of Sparwood Minor Hockey
  • Past President of Minor Baseball
Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • March 2019 - June 2019
  • March 2021 - June 2021

Amy Cardozo

1270 Ponderosa Drive, Sparwood
Cell: 250.910.0770

Email: acardozo@sparwood.ca

 

I am really excited to be elected to Council for the first time and I will work hard to ensure your voices are heard. I lived in Sparwood as a child where I attended Mountain View Elementary and Sparwood Secondary School. I graduated from Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook in 2001, and then attended the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook where I took Business Administration with a major in Accounting. I continued my college studies with a computer-based focus where I studied as a Network Support Technician and graduated with an Applied Computer Studies certificate and Microsoft Certified Professional certification (MCP). I moved back to Sparwood in 2009 with my three boys, Dominic, Dallen, and Delano. I met my partner Jeremy, here in Sparwood where we had our daughter, Emily. I worked for several years at the Rec Centre as a casual cashier while also working at the Sparwood Public Library where I taught computer classes to seniors and children. I secured a full-time position at Finning, only to be laid off less than a year later when the mines slowed in 2011. I then became a paramedic for BC Ambulance based in Sparwood and also started selling my cake and cupcake creations in my spare time. Jeremy and I opened our restaurant, Crumbs Cakery & Cafe in 2015 and we haven’t looked back!

I strongly believe in planning strategically for the future with a collaborative and transparent approach. I am happy to chat about your questions and concerns. Feel free to contact me through any method that works best for you, including social media!

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

  • Public Relations Committee
  • Parcel Tax Review Panel
  • Founder & Past President of the Sparwood Farmer’s Market Society
  • Featured as a Sparwood “Woman in Business” in 2014.
Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • July 2019 - October 2019
  • July 2021 - October 2021


Jason Christensen

6144 Lower Elk Valley Road, Sparwood
Cell: 250.425.1298

Email: jchristensen@sparwood.ca

 

My wife Cheryl and I have been married for thirty-three years and have lived in Sparwood for the past twenty-two years. Our two sons, Adam and John are both married and are living in the Elk Valley. John and Samantha are raising their two sons here in Sparwood. It’s a great place to raise a family, and I’m thankful for the chance to serve on Council to help sustain it as such. 

I was raised in Raymond Alberta, which is located south of Lethbridge. It was and still is a strong, active, service and family-oriented community supported by the agriculture industry. As a child and youth I participated in the local sports of hockey, competitive swimming, football, and basketball. In 1982 we were the Provincial Champions of basketball. In the winters I cleaned troughs at the local cattle feedlot and in summer I pumped gas in Lake Louise. Raymond was also a town of faith, it was a part of our daily life, subsequently at 19 I served a two-year mission in the south east region of Ontario.

In 1997 we moved to Sparwood. I’ve worked at each of the mine sites within the finance department. I had opportunities to be the financial lead in developing and implementing the main operating system within Teck, known as AX; as well as leading the development and implementation of its current shared service practice within Sparwood. Within the community I’ve coached high school junior boys basketball for seventeen years; participated on the boards of Sunset Ski Society and Minor Baseball; provided office management to the Treehouse daycare and Sparwood Golf club; and served as a local ecclesiastical leader.

It’s always been clear to me that Sparwood is the place to live in this Valley. Sparwood is a good home. The same values of faith, family, work and health that I became accustomed to as a youth are strong and evident here. Over the next four years it is my desire that it remains the most liveable community in the East Kootenay’s. To do this we need to work in collaboration with Teck. As Teck grows to stabilize itself, Sparwood needs to grow and become stronger. We need to strengthen concepts such as, ‘work here, live here, hire here and spend here’. Our focus together needs to be that Sparwood is a healthy and active place to reside in for years and years to come. And that it can handle growth. All of the logical reasons exist for this to happen. A Teck central office would help to do this. Support for the development and maintenance of infrastructure and recreational facilities would help to do this.

I also intend to work towards encouraging and supporting our volunteers within the community. Our many community volunteers need to know that they are not alone and that their efforts are needed and appreciated. We have great indoor and outdoor recreational facilities in Sparwood, they need to be enhanced and maintained. This should also be a common goal shared by our local businesses.

This is the Southeast gateway to the Province of BC, I plan to determine how much the Provincial government recognizes that and works to maintain that.

Your tax dollars are hard earned and they need to be spent wisely and towards the sustaining and building of Sparwood. I intend to monitor and hold accountable those entrusted with them. Our work and workers always need to have the betterment of Sparwood as the intended consequence of their efforts.

Good people have sacrificed their all to build this community, it is up to all of us to maintain it and build upon it. Over the next four years I intend to listen to your concerns and thoughts and work with you to do that. 

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

  • Parcel Tax Review Panel
  • Teck Communities of Interest Advisory Panel
Acting Mayor during the following months:
  • March 2020 - June 2020
  • March 2022 - June 2022

    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:
    • November 2019 - February 2020
    • November 2021 - February 2022

    Ron (Sonny) Saad

    305 Pacific Yew Crescent
    Cell: 250.425.3733
    Email: rsaad@sparwood.ca
     

    I am a life long resident of Middletown and Sparwood having relocated to Sparwood in March of 1962. Sparwood is home and always will be. I was employed by the District of Sparwood for over 35 years and upon retiring I realized retirement was not for me. I have been employed by Black Gold Coach Lines since January of 2011. I was involved with the Elk Valley Raiders Hockey Team. Founded the Sparwood Youth Centre in 1988. During my volunteer time with the Youth Centre from 1988 to 2006 I coordinated dances for pre-teens and teens. I have also worked with fantastic groups of people on Coal Miner Days.

    My wife Marilyn and I have two grown children. Our daughter, Tracey, is at home with us and our son, Michael and his wife Jodie live in Lethbridge and have blessed us with two grandchildren. Both Michael and Jodie are employed by the Lethbridge School District as teachers.

    I previously was elected to Council in 2011 for a three-year term. I am very honoured to have been elected again in 2018 and I will listen to ideas and work tirelessly for Sparwood’s advancement.

    Home is where the heart is and will always be.

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

    • Parcel Tax Review Panel
    • Labour Relations / Grievance Committee
    Acting Mayor during the following months:
    • July 2020 - October 2020
    • July 2022 - October 2022