City Council

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1 About Your Elected Officials

Since March 18, 1897 when the City of Rossland was first incorporated, the responsibility for local government in Rossland has been vested in a Mayor and Council. The Mayor and six Councillors make up City Council. The primary functions of City Council are to establish administrative policy, to adopt bylaws governing matters delegated to local government through the Local Government Act, Community Charter and other Provincial statutes for the protection of the public, and to levy taxes for these purposes. City Council is also empowered to manage, acquire and dispose of City assets. The day-to-day operation of the City is delegated by Council to the Chief Administrative Officer and City Staff.

Mayor Andy Morel

Andy is very honoured to serve as Rossland’s new mayor! As City Councillor for the last eight years and Representative to the Regional District for the last four years, Andy hopes to use his knowledge and experience to continue building on Staff and Council’s accomplishments. Andy has strong ecological values: preserving our environment and improving the health of the planet for our children and grandchildren is important to him.

Andy will continue to advocate for important Climate Action Initiatives such as the campaign for 100% renewable energy by 2050; the FireSmart Program; the electrification of public works where possible; and the reduction of all operational GHGs. Additionally, he supports the Green Link Trail between Lower Columbia Communities, and the Regional District’s Curbside organics pickup and composting program which will roll out in 2023. He will continue to advocate for the incentivization of new energy efficient building standards for both new and existing.

Andy will continue to strive to make Rossland Future Ready, with asset management development, seeking grant funding to support infrastructure upgrades and supporting continued safety mitigation programs to combat climate change issues.

Andy has loved the Community since moving here 24 years ago. He has seen substantial change as Rossland has grown and transitioned into a vibrant, year-round resort destination with renewed energy and an increased youthful and active population. Andy is a past board member for Rossland Council for Arts and Culture and Black Jack Ski Club, where he is also a past president. He has worked in home improvement, property management, and Nordic Ski Trail grooming. Andy moved to Rossland from Parry Sound, Ontario, where he owned and operated an Outdoor retail store and log home franchise.

Andy is a Nordic ski instructor, backyard farmer, father, and doting grandfather. Municipal politics keep him busy, but in his spare time he can be found either working on his home retrofit, gardening, tending to his bees, or enjoying the outdoor pursuits the Kootenays have to offer.

Councillor Eliza Boyce

Eliza moved to Rossland in 2020, and immediately fell in love with the town’s free-spirited people, dogs, and community. She is grateful to live in a beautiful mountain town surrounded by amazing outdoor spaces. Eliza has extensive experience as a Professional Engineer, solving high-level company problems and helping tech startups to grow. She also worked as an outdoor guide and educator, and cares deeply about reconnecting people to nature and preserving natural spaces to share with the diverse life that calls them home. Since arriving in Rossland Eliza has been active in the community, volunteering with the 2nd Rossland Scouts (currently Treasurer) and starting the YAN Queer Youth D&D Group. She is excited to preserve the amazing community spirit of Rossland while helping to manage the growth of the town in a way that benefits everyone who lives here.

Councillor Craig Humpherys

Craig has called Rossland home for the last thirty years. Skiing, mountain biking and raising two boys with his partner Craig is an avid gardener and reader. Currently a mail carrier, Craig has worked in Silviculture for many years and has studied Horticulture, Permaculture, Fine woodworking, Community Economic Development and Business. Craig has been involved with many volunteer organizations in Rossland throughout the years. He looks forward to serving the community and being part of a team that helps Rossland thrive.

Councillor Lisa Kwiatkowski

Lisa purchased her home in Rossland in 2020 and has loved every minute of being a part of this community. Since arriving, Lisa has volunteered for several local organizations including the Rossland Winter Carnival Society and the Muddbunnies women’s mountain biking club. She has over 20 years of non-profit leadership and large-scale project management experience in the national & international sport sectors – including working for the Organizing Committees of 3 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Lisa is currently CEO of a national youth non-profit, and also sits on the Board of Directors for Sport BC. Outside of her community work Lisa loves to ski, mountain bike, play hockey and attempts to golf. Lisa is looking forward to the team environment at City Hall, while bringing a solid governance perspective to the work of Council for the next 4 years.

Councillor Maya Provençal

Maya was born and raised in Rossland and, after being away for a few years pursuing a post-secondary education, is happy to now be settled back in town with her partner and their pets (a dog and two cats!). She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and has experience working with non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to mobilize communities around issues like climate change, food security, democratic participation, and youth leadership development. Maya looks forward to working with her fellow councillors and mayor to guide Rossland towards a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous future.

Councillor Stewart Spooner

Stewart came to Rossland as a ski bum in 1991 and has been active participant in and a passionate advocate for outdoor recreation ever since. As operations manager with the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society since 2000, Stewart has been significantly responsible for the development of the network of trails surrounding the Community, and as a founding director of the Friends of the Rossland Range Society, Stewart contributed to the founding, planning and development of the Rossland Range Recreation Site. As an incumbent councillor, Stewart brings experience, relationships, and a perspective grounded in the values of sustainability, affordability, and community cooperation to the challenges that Rossland faces.

Councillor Jeff Weaver

Jeff has always had an interest in public service and was honoured to be chosen to represent the people of Rossland, having moved to Rossland with his family in 2013 after 10 years living on the coast. His partner also grew up in Rossland so, when the baby came and the tiny condo became even more tiny, it was a natural transition to the Kootenays. He is now the proud father of two girls, Amelia age 9 and Hannah age 6.

Jeff is avid fan of history (the proud owner of a heritage building in Rossland), a keen follower of current events, and relishes a new challenge. Jeff has spent the last few years as an owner and regional manager of a small retail chain of stores in BC and, having recently purchased two of those stores outright, he looks forward to travelling less and remaining closer to home. Jeff is looking forward to working hard on behalf of the people of Rossland.

2023/24 Acting Mayor Schedule

Section 130 of the Community Charter provides the parameters in which a member (of Council) is to act in place of the Mayor:

Designation of member to act in place of mayor

  1. The council must, in accordance with its applicable procedure bylaw, provide for the designation of a councillor as the member responsible for acting in the place of the mayor when the mayor is absent or otherwise unable to act or when the office of mayor is vacant.
  2. If both the mayor and member designated under subsection (1) are absent from a council meeting, the members present must choose a member to preside.
  3. The member designated under subsection (1) or chosen under subsection (2) has the same powers and duties as the mayor in relation to the applicable matter.
Month Acting Mayor
November 2023 Councillor Kwiatkowski
December 2023 Councillor Weaver
January 2024 Councillor Humpherys
February 2024 Councillor Boyce
March 2024 Councillor Spooner
April 2024 Councillor Provençal
May 2024 Councillor Kwiatkowski
June 2024 Councillor Weaver
July 2024 Councillor Spooner
August 2024 Councillor Provençal
September 2024 Councillor Boyce
October 2024 Councillor Humpherys
November 2024 Councillor Weaver
December 2024 Councillor Kwiatkowski
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