Meet Your Council

From left to right: Firefighter Troy MacLachlan, Assistant Fire Chief Brendan Morgan, Councillor Phil Iddon, Councillor Troy Nixon, Councillor Kyle Hamilton, Councillor Morgan Pulsifer, Councillor Yvonne Prest, Mayor Ange Qualizza, RCMP Staff Sergeant Jeff Harrold and Fire Chief Ted Ruiter

***Missing from Photo: Councillor Kevin McIssac

Photo Credit: @MKuhnPhoto

Mayor Ange Qualizza 

E: ange.qualizza@fernie.ca

 

After a term as a Councillor, Ange Qualizza is proud to be serving a second term as Mayor. Having lived in Fernie her entire life, joining local government and participating in decisions that impact her community has been a wonderful experience.

 

Ange holds two degrees in Economics, and has discovered that local government and the field of economics align nicely together. We work in a value based organization that works on policy, good governance, sustainable asset management and collaboration. Right now local governments are transitioning away from just managing roads, water and waste to shared service delivery, public safety, public health, affordable housing and extreme weather events.

 

Ange is serving her fifth year on the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government Association, is at the RDEK board, the Hospital Board, the Southern Interior Development Trust, the AKBLG representative on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee, on the Provincial Contract Review Committee via UBCM, and on the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Local Government Treaty Advisory Committee.

 

As part of the Resort Collaborative, Ange recently joined a committee designed to explore opportunities for Resort Communities to collaborate, share knowledge and align with the Strategic Tourism Framework. Collaboration and sharing real experiences, is key to helping local governments stay resilient.

 

Mostly though, Ange is thrilled to be working with such a strong Council and is looking forward to meeting the challenges of local government with a smile and enthusiasm.

 

When Ange isn’t at City Hall she is either hiking, skiing or pestering her twin teenage daughters about how cool local government is.

 

Councillor Kevin McIsaac 

E:  kevin.mcisaac@fernie.ca

Councillor Troy Nixon 

E: troy.nixon@fernie.ca

 

Troy Nixon has been a full time resident of Fernie since 2015 and a dedicated weekender since 2007. Graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta, Troy has always had a keen interest in the democratic system. Troy and his wife Tara are passionate about mountain biking, skiing and raising their three boys in this mountain community. 

Councillor Yvonne Prest 

E: yvonne.prest@fernie.ca

 

Yvonne was born and raised in Victoria, earning a B.Ed. with distinction and a M. Ed from the University of Victoria prior to relocating to Fernie in 2011.  Her passion for learning and democracy began in BC’s public education system.  In addition to her education, she has travelled extensively.  She believes her time exploring has allowed her to understand how diverse the world can be.  She believes in policies over politics and believes as a collaborative team, council members can work together to attain the deserves goals of the public. 

Councillor Kyle Hamilton 

E:kyle.hamilton@fernie.ca

 

Kyle has been a resident of Fernie for over a decade, but his love for the community started in the early nineties when his family started vacationing here. Kyle is an artist, entrepreneur, and volunteer who has given his time to a variety of causes. Kyle is excited to serve on Council and looks forward to the challenge. 

Councillor Morgan Pulsifer 

E: morgan.pulsifer@fernie.ca

 

Morgan was born in Fernie and is dedicated to making Fernie more affordable, sustainable and lively for residents.  He was drawn to local politics under the belief that municipal councils should be comprised of individuals of varying ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  After receiving his degree from the University of Victoria, Morgan returned to Fernie and is currently the Manager of Commit Snow & Skate.  He is also a support worker with the Columbia Basin Family Resource Society.  

Councillor Phil Iddon 

E: phil.iddon@fernie.ca