Kamloops is located on the traditional, ancestral territory of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, situated within the unceded lands of the Secwépemc'ulucw Nation. It’s an honour to grow in relationship, work toward truth and reconciliation, and share this beautiful land that embraces our collective community.
Kamloops needs a vision
One where this city works for its people, so the people feel proud to invest in their city.
Kamloops needs a vision where our community is strengthened at the hyper-local level. We can do this by investing resources in neighbourhoods, establishing working groups of informed citizens, and by creating communities where people know and care for each other.
Kamloops needs a vision that clears the way for development and a thriving economy. We can streamline inefficient approval processes, build mechanisms that attract and retain businesses/employees, and become ruthless in eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy.
Kamloops needs a vision that sees all levels of government working together to ferociously advocate for how to best tackle our social issues. We can collectively petition for real penalties for prolific offenders, the end of catch and release, and critically examine the efficacy of treatment, harm reduction, enforcement, and prevention.
Kamloops needs a vision that we can all believe in. And I have one.
I’m Katie Neustaeter, and I’m running for Kamloops City Council.
Vote for me on October 15th.
And together, we’ll realize a vision.
Learn about Katie's three pillars below,
In a time when polarization and a lack of responsibility to one another is increasingly the norm, we must transparently move toward...
Action informed by community consultation
Equitable, comprehensive, and practical supports for challenging community issues
Strengthening the external partnerships that can create meaningful change
In a community that works for all, we must work for all people.
Therefore, we must amplify...
The needs of local businesses
Children and families
Health and safety
Katie Neustaeter grew up in Kamloops – walking to elementary school on the streets of Barnhartvale (which are still in need of sidewalks), swimming in the Riverside Park Pool (which is still sorely missed), graduating from KSS (now SKSS), shopping at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays (now grown and expanded!), cheering on the Blazers in the Memorial Arena (and eventually the Sandman Centre), attending the College of the Cariboo (now our world-renowned TRU), and enjoying all that Kamloops has to offer.
Watching the community ebb, flow, and change with the years, Katie’s love for this community and all it has to offer has never waivered.
With a combined professional background in Media (Creative Departments, News, and On Air), and the Charitable sector (Support Worker, Non-profit Executive Director), Katie brings a unique blend of experience and perspective to the table. She is currently the Director of Communications for United Way British Columbia.
Katie is married to her husband of 20 years, and they are raising their 3 children in Kamloops. She has volunteered in a wide variety of capacities within the community including TRU Foundation events, wildfire response, BC Winter Games, RibFest, the Kamloops and District SPCA, United Way (TNC), Kamloops Alliance Church, Kamloops Youth Soccer Assoc., SD73, and more.
Why Katie is Running for City Council
Kamloops is the place “where two rivers meet”, and a treasure trove of beauty, opportunity, and possibility, as well as a natural playground with endless hidden delights.
But even more than everything it has to offer, it’s the people that make this place great.
We are known for our welcoming spirit, trademark compassion, and have a long legacy of punching well above our weight.
Kamloops is a place that I am proud to call home.
But no matter how much we treasure this place we love, we also have our challenges - many of which, like so many other communities right now, have been exacerbated and amplified by the events of the last few years.
Complex social issues, questions about priorities for infrastructure, economic pressures, environmental extremes, and a disheartening breakdown in the civil discourse that is vital to our collective prosperity.
To effectively address the most challenging issues facing our city we require bold leadership, inclusive collaboration, clear vision, and unwavering transparency.
As a city we’re on the precipice of great possibility, but the next 4 years of municipal leadership will determine whether we can mitigate these concerns in order to capitalize on our potential.
There is no fairy dust or magic wand that will get these things done; only hard work and the people willing to get in the arena and do it.
I believe that with my experience in complex financial oversight, track record with crisis management, proven organizational leadership, history of volunteerism, and deep roots in this community, I can help move our city into its next phase of growth and prosperity by amplifying the voices of its people.
No one will be more committed to this community than I am
And I want to be, and believe I am, a representative of the people of Kamloops - it’s diverse populations, it’s coveted land, it’s pursuit of truth & reconciliation, and the solutions we need in order to see it thrive in the years to come.
Authorized by Financial Agent Matthew Klassen.