October 28, 2005 Features & Images » Feature Story

Mark Blundell, incumbent seeking third term on council 

Mark Blundell: Sustainability has to be a priority

Proust Questionnaire

Name : Mark Blundell

Political experience : Councillor, Village of Pemberton- 4.5 years.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Parting with a friend or family member.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

To have my family around me, healthy and strong.

Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?

Jeremiah Johnson, James Bond.

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Winston Churchill, Terry Fox, Tommy Douglas.

Your favorite musician?

Alan Jackson.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Intelligence and compassion.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Intelligence, chivalry and kindness.

What natural ability would you have liked to have had?

Like to play the saxophone.

Your most marked characteristic?

Ability to achieve the goals I set.

What do you most value in your friends?

Sincerity and giving.

What is it you most dislike?

No goals or dreams, not caring for others.

What reform do you most admire?

Canada's first provincial hospitalization and medical plan.

What is your motto?

Success is measured in what you give, not on what you have.

Mark Blundell hadn’t planned on a third term on council. But when it appeared that the local government could be comprised of all first time elected officials, he threw his hat in the ring. Having lived in the area for the past nine-and-a-half years, Blundell thinks it’s time to reconsider what kind of community Pemberton wants to be.

He supports the existing Official Community Plan but feels that it needs undating.

"We have a unique character in Pemberton and we have to preserve it. We’ve got this Western motif and we need to build on it. Make it a bit of a tourist attraction. Get the lighting downtown. That sort of thing," says Blundell.

As owner of the Pemberton Supermarket, Blundell knows firsthand how essential it is to get people into the downtown core.

"If we want business here, we have to support the business we have," he says. He makes the point that most local retailers are very open to ordering products people want, from construction supplies to, in his case, food items.

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