San­ders recom­mits to do­nat­ing to char­ity

Penticton Herald - - CITY & REGION - By MELANIE EKSAL

In this, his se­cond cam­paign for city coun­cil, Darryl San­ders has made some changes — but that doesn’t in­clude his prom­ise to do­nate $5,000 of his an­nual coun­cil­lor salary to youth sports pro­grams.

This year, he’s con­sid­er­ing do­nat­ing an ex­tra $1,000 to sup­port dis­abil­ity pro­grams.

“I’m not a politi­cian — I don’t need the pay­cheque,” San­ders said. “I love serv­ing the com­mu­nity and I love help­ing.”

He’s even dis­carded the pro­mo­tional signs this election, say­ing that they’re only a “mess” on city grounds.

“It’s more of a pop­u­lar­ity con­test than who’s go­ing to do the job. I hope enough peo­ple know me and what I stand for,” he said.

He’s also lob­by­ing for a seat in coun­cil meet­ings for a mem­ber of the Pen­tic­ton In­dian Band to en­sure that both the city and PIB can work more closely to­gether in de­ci­sion mak­ing.

A Pen­tic­ton res­i­dent for over 20 years, San­ders has run his own busi­ness for well over 25. He knows the math and what it takes to be a suc­cess­ful busi­ness owner while un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing Pen­tic­ton’s small-town feel.

“With all of the devel­op­ers push­ing I think our coun­cil is los­ing the view of that (small­town feel) and as they’re los­ing that view, we’re los­ing all our views,” San­ders said.

And as a cit­i­zen who loves serv­ing his com­mu­nity, whether it be as a trustee on the Pen­tic­ton slo-pitch as­so­ci­a­tion or through small acts of kind­ness with house re­pairs or shov­el­ling his neigh­bours’ walk­ways, San­ders wants to help cre­ate more pro­grams for the dis­ad­van­taged.

“It’s a trav­esty that we have in­di­vid­u­als who are ad­dicted and we need to pro­vide help — we have to have the fa­cil­i­ties to do so,” he said.

Spe­cial to the Her­ald

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Darryl San­ders says he will help pre­serve Pen­tic­ton’s small-town feel.

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