Vanderhoof: Frenkel, Brian – councillor candidate
With 13 years as a counsellor under his belt, Brian Frenkel believes that everything happens for a reason.
“I think we’ve had a great team in the past working on a variety of issues and it will only get better. Everyone running this term has something to bring to the table.”
Mr. Frenkel is the President of the North Central Government Association and also sits on the board of directors for the Union of BC Municipalities. He feels Vanderhoof is somewhat of an underdog being a small northern community, but has continued to take a stance to stand up for Vanderhoof anyway possible.
“Being on these boards enables me to bring northern issues to the forefront of the province, ie. brownfield sites. I can take small town issues to a different level to have a positive change in our community. It comes down to representing Vanderhoof. That’s what I do, first and foremost I represent Vanderhoof.”
Known for his work in the forest industry and regional representation, Mr. Frenkel recognizes that Vanderhoof has a long wish list. Yet he feels one thing the town truly needs is stability.
“And that’s what were working on. I know were going to see a downturn in the forestry industry in the next few years with lots of major projects in our backyard being it oil, gas or mining. We need to work with those proponents to make sure the needs are met in Vanderhoof.”
Having a passion for his town also stems from a love for his family. Mr. Frenkel became a grandparent recently and says it gave him a different perspective to reflect on his values.
“Family is always number one. Our greatest wealth in fact isn’t our economy, it’s our children and grandchildren. Everything we do is not for you, it’s not for me, it’s for our kids.”