Vanderhoof has a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and she is looking forward to working with council and the community.
Lori Egli was appointed CAO during a regular public meeting held Jan 14. All council members supported her appointment to this position.
“The part I find most exciting about the job is working with the team we have, and also helping the public and being able to implement things that are much better for the community,” said Egli.
Born in Sunshine Coast Regional District, Egli was raised in the Lower Mainland and she moved to Vanderhoof in 1993. “And this is the place to be. We came up after we got married, we had two kids. We have settled in. Vanderhoof usually captures your heart and you stay,” she said. Since 1993, one of her siblings and parents have moved to the District as well.
Egli was working in insurance when she moved to Vanderhoof and after she had kids, she worked at the College of New Caledonia. In 2009, she started casually helping out with the front counter at the district office and the fire department. Egli got a permanent posting with the District in 2012 and has worked as an executive assistant, deputy and corporate officer over the past few years. Recently she took over as interim CAO and was appointed the full time position last week.
“I am looking forward to working with the team, implementing council strategies, just improving community in Vanderhoof,” she said.
Meanwhile, Egli said the District is rolling into the 2019 budget, so that will dictate the type of projects Vanderhoof undertakes in the coming years and currently they are working towards outlining the next 5 years. She said their first hurdle was getting the Aquatic Centre open, which is now scheduled for Jan 26. “Outlining the next 5 years for us is exciting with upgrades and implementing new programs.”
Egli’s role has changed over the years and she said, initially she was part of the team bringing change forward and now with her current position she gets to work with the team to implement these changes as well. She finds that her role as CAO gives her more access to deal with the public and the council.
Outside work, Egli said she likes outdoor activities like camping, fishing, snowmobiling and loves to take advantage of the beauty this region has to offer.