Sherrilee Franks is running for a spot at the table in Vernon council chambers.
According to a press release, the local businesswoman has a solid understanding of housing issues through her hotel and residential property management company, Keystone Property Management, and a sense of community through her volunteerism.
With her main office is located on 30th Avenue, Franks says she sees the concerns with homelessness and safety at night.
“As a business owner I sometimes find myself working late,” says Franks. “I’m not always comfortable leaving the office on my own and I want that to change. I have worked in other cities where a late night departure from the office was not as worrisome.”
Housing for seniors is also a major concern for the would-be councillor.
“Senior housing has made some great advancements in Vernon and this momentum needs to stay in place. Sometimes its easy to push for change and we forget to focus on supporting what is already in motion.”
As well, Franks believes promoting the growth of tourism in Vernon is important, especially given its economic impact to the area.
She says it is a foundation to Vernon’s growth and sustainability.
A member of Accelerate Okanagan, Franks has attended CoLab and Purple events to support local entrepreneurship.
“Local entrepreneurs need more support at all stages of their business. Vernon attempts to provide this support however more attention needs to be given.”
Franks’ volunteer experience includes the Vernon Alzheimer’s fundraiser, webmaster for Vernon Women in Business, O’Keefe Ranch, both on the ground and as a member of the board, and PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents) education committee.
Franks is also the current transition manager of Historic O’Keefe Ranch.
Franks, who moved to Vernon in 1989, says she is running for city council because of her experience and love for the City of Vernon.
“I believe in this city, and I want to be a part of making it better.”
Franks was the winner of the Top 20 under 40 Award in 2016.
Her background is in hotel and tourism, including management with Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos and The Strand in Vernon.