October 28, 2005 Features & Images » Feature Story

Jennie Helmer, VVLA council candidate 

Jennie Helmer: Pemberton a blueprint for a green town

Proust Questionnaire

Name : Jennie Helmer

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

To be without a challenge or unexplored opportunity.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

A plate of fresh nugget potatoes picked fresh that morning.

Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?

Ignatius J Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces), all of Rohinton Mistry’s characters & Dr Zhivago.

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Rachel Carson for trying to protect the integrity of our planet; Ghandi for his passionate love of life and human dignity.

Your favourite musician?

It changes weekly; yesterday it was Lucinda Williams today it is Arcade Fire, tomorrow Joss Stone.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

The ability to walk many miles in other people’s shoes. The ability to ski beautifully and graciously while 6 months pregnant.

The quality you most admire in a man?

The ability to let go of attachment.

What natural ability would you have liked to have had?

Although fortune has outweighed my expectations by many miles, I would have loved to dunk a basketball, and did I mention I was supposed to have been a rock star?

Your most marked characteristic?

My long coltish legs and my tenaciousness.

What do you most value in your friends?

I used to think it was their sense of style, and now I realize it is their patience, honesty, kindness and loyalty.

What is it you most dislike?

Their sense of style. When they think they’re taller than me.

What reform do you admire most?

Women receiving the right to vote.

What is your motto?

Don’t be at the airport when your ship comes in. Breathe courage into areas of weakness.

Jennie Helmer, a self-described third-generation potato farmer, has been coming to the Pemberton Valley since she was a child visiting her grandparents' farm. For the past three years she has been a full-time resident. Helmer, who is also a registered massage therapist, recently sold her partnership in Pemberton Therapeutic. She continues to work as a paramedic and organic farmer while finishing off a commerce degree at Royal Roads College.

She believes that the current Official Community Plan addresses development issues well. The issue for her is the pace of development over the past few years.

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