ELECTION 2014: Oyama Community Club to host candidate’s forum

District of Lake Country: Oyama club inviting Oyama, at-large and mayoral candidates to its forum Oct. 23

The Oyama Community Club is hosting a candidates’ forum in the ward of Oyama.

The group, formed in 1914, has invited mayoralty candidates James Baker and Jayson McCarthy as well as the two Oyama candidates and the people running for a councillor-at-large position.

In Oyama Owen Dickie is the incumbent while newcomer Keli Westgate is challenging for the spot.

At large candidates include incumbent Penny Gambell as well as Arlene Brenner, Richard Issler, Don Rae and Bill Scarrow.

The format:

• Each candidate will be given two minutes for an opening statement or comment.

• After that, the candidates will be asked the same question and given three minutes to answer the question of what their vision is for Oyama and Lake Country.

• After all the candidates have answered, each candidate will be given one minute to expand on a subject or address a point brought up by another candidate. The moderator will survey the candidates and assign order of response.

• The audience will also be able to ask direct questions of the candidates.

The 2014 Candidates Forum on Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 7p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The Oyama Community Club was originally formed as the Kalamalka Agricultural Association on Feb. 21, 1914, when the charter was granted to the association as a non-profit society. About 30 years later the name was changed to the Oyama Community Club and the association this year celebrated 100 years of existence.

The association has a constitution that mandates it to be a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to serve the community of Oyama by furthering and advancing whatever it may see fit for the benefit of the community. In more recent years the OCC has expanded its role in the wider community of Lake Country and recognizes that all citizens of Lake Country contribute to and enjoy a connection with each others Community Halls wherever they may be in our municipality.