Rick Smith, candidate for RDCK Area J Director, in his own words

By Contributor
November 4th, 2014

I would like to introduce myself. I’m Rick Smith – I am running for Area J Director for R.D.C.K.  I am committed, community-minded, responsible and reliable.

I moved to Robson in 1981 with my wife Donna, who was born in Grand Forks, raised in Robson and graduated from SHSS.  My wife works for the Castlegar RCMP and has been at the Detachment for over 26 years, we have been married for over 37 years. Our daughter was born in Castlegar, attended Robson Elementary, and graduated from SHSS and Selkirk College. 

We moved to Robson to be close to my wife’s family and to purchase property so we could have horses, farm, and garden.  We enjoy the lifestyle that a rural community has to offer with all the benefits of living near a larger City like Castlegar.

I worked for Selkirk College when we first moved to Robson, from there I worked for the Provincial Government as a Problem Wildlife Contractor handling wildlife complaints for over 20 years, as well as Animal Control Officer for nearly 25 years.  I operate a small farm. Donna and I have bought, refurbished and re-sold houses.

These occupations have given me the skills to deal with everyday problems that people have, as well as emergency situations that need immediate response.  I deal with budgets while operating our farm as well as re-sale of houses. I work very hard on having good communication and listening skills which assist me when dealing with people.

I have always believed in giving back to the Community that you live in.  My wife Donna and I started the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society in 1995.  I have always been on the Exhibition Society committee, hosting numerous events such as Senior Games, Spring Fair, Dog Shows, Horse Shows, RCMP Musical Ride twice, Music Concerts, Bluegrass Jamboree as well as our signature event the upcoming 20th Annual Fall Fair Sept. 19th and 20th, 2015.

I am very proud of being President of the Pass Creek Exhibition Society, it has been a lot of hard work for the past 23 years and being voted Best Small Fair in BC in 2013 was an honour


I am committed to my community and the people that live within it.  I believe that when there is a problem or an issue you deal with it in a timely manner.  You attend meetings, work as a team player and listen to what the public has to say. 

  • ·         Improving health care in our area
  • ·         Working towards a new Regional Hospital
  • ·         Attracting new Doctors to our community
  • ·         Working co-operatively with all levels of government
  • ·         Improving Castlegar Regional Airport for daily flight reliability
  • ·         Working to conserve the culture and heritage within Area J
  • ·         All Infrastructures within Area J
  • ·         Old Fashion Town Hall meetings with Area J Advisory Counsel
  • ·         Review of Area J By-laws – ie: Animal Control in Ootischenia .

I was asked by a lot of people to run as Area J Director, people who are looking for representation in their community.  After discussion with my family, I decided that I want to make a difference in my community, where I have lived for over 33 years.

If I am elected I look forward to working with all Regional Directors in the Central Kootenay, Mayor of Castlegar and Council, all levels of Government as well as Columbia Basin Trust.

I encourage everyone to come out and vote on November 15th.





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