Monday, January 31, 2011
NDP select candidate for Okanagan Shuswap (Official)
6, 3107A 31st Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2G9
Newly nominated New Democrat candidate Nikki Inouye kicked off her campaign by telling supporters, " I am an ordinary person, working to make ends meet, to raise a family, and support my community." She declared that she "has found her passion and it is the NDP".
Like her father, George Kowalchuk, Inouye was born and raised in Vernon. Her roots in the North Okanagan go back to 1930 when her grandparents moved here from Saskatchewan. She went to elementary school in Lavington, started her high school years at Kalamalka School and graduated from Charles Bloom Secondary 1987. She started at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in 1989 where she presently works as a Regional Production Cook.
Inouye, acclaimed as the NDP’s candidate at a nominating convention on Sunday, supports the New Democrat platform to help working families with initiatives like the removal of HST from home heating bills. “Removing the sales tax on home heating is a common sense, practical solution to help families deal with rising costs,” she said.
“I’m proud to welcome Nikki to my team and I look forward to working with her to get practical results for people in Okanagan Shuswap,” said New Democrat Leader Jack Layton.