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Send off 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, I find myself immersed in thoughtful reflection, contemplating a year that has been a tapestry of significant achievements and formidable challenges for Kelowna.

In my role as the MLA for Kelowna Mission, the journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, characterized by fervent advocacy, deepening community connections, and strategic planning aimed at shaping a future that confronts our most pressing issues head-on.

The past year cannot be recounted without a special mention of the summer fires. These events called for extraordinary measures, and I extend my deepest gratitude to the firefighters, RCMP, and first responders, volunteers, and elected officials. 

Their unyielding bravery and commitment in the face of adversity are nothing less than heroic, perfectly encapsulating the indomitable spirit of Kelowna. This ordeal not only tested our resilience but also reinforced our collective strength and unity.

This year was also marked by several notable achievements, which I am honoured to have contributed to. The organization of town halls and active participation in dialogues with our constituents have been instrumental in identifying and addressing the needs of our community. 

They have resulted in action as I initiated an URBA-on-call team, efforts to resolve childcare issues, and shared leadership in the watershed roundtable.  These mark critical milestones in our quest to meet urban challenges and promote environmental stewardship. 

These initiatives stem directly from the specific concerns raised by the people of Kelowna, demonstrating our commitment to responsive and responsible governance.

But there are so many more needs facing Kelowna, with issues being multifaceted and complex. 

A significant portion of my work this year has been dedicated to holding the government accountable for various pressing concerns: the escalating cost of living, the scarcity of affordable housing, public safety, and the challenges plaguing our healthcare system. 

In the legislative assembly, I have been a vocal advocate for policies that specifically address these concerns, ensuring that the voices of Kelowna’s residents are not just heard but also acted upon effectively.  Please see my website or on YouTube (@reneemerrifield9640) for more information and videos of my work in the legislative assembly.

Looking forward, I am resolutely committed to developing and implementing policies that will tangibly improve the lives of those in Kelowna. Addressing economic challenges, crafting sustainable housing strategies, and reforming the healthcare system are paramount on our BC United agenda. These objectives are not merely policy aspirations; they are crucial steps towards fostering a more prosperous and livable Kelowna for everyone.

Reflecting on the accomplishments and hurdles of the past year fills me with an invigorated sense of purpose. The experiences of 2023 have only served to strengthen my determination to serve our community with heightened zeal and dedication. 

As we step into 2024, I am unwaveringly committed to advocating for the needs of Kelowna, to tackling our challenges head-on, and to striving relentlessly for a future that holds promise and prosperity for all our residents.

I extend my heartfelt thanks for your unwavering support and trust. 

Together, we will endeavour to make the upcoming year a period of substantial positive change and progress for Kelowna. Happy New Year – here’s to an amazing 2024!

My question to you is this: What do you want on the top of my agenda for 2024?

I love hearing from you and read every email you write. Please email me at or call the office at 250-712-3620.

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