Bev Litster has been a resident of Tumbler Ridge since December of 2011. She says, “I’ve always been community focused and in every community I’ve ever lived in, I’ve always given back in some form or another. I’m on the board of the Tumbler Ridge Youth Society, and I’ve been asked to be on some other boards within the community,” she continues, “Then this came up. I thought, it’s something different, it’s new, it’s challenging, and it will be really rewarding to do something completely different and I enjoy those challenges.”
Litster, if elected would like to see the town diversify. She explains, “I think we have to look at the assets we do have, and that is the outdoors and bring that more to light. I would like to see us become an outdoor enthusiast getaway. Like an extreme vacation type scenario. This is how I see us making ourselves a destination to come to because we have so much to offer and I think we could do it year round.”
For the short 12 month tenure, Litster would like to get on board and get caught up with all the happenings around town. “Usually when you have a steep learning curve, it takes you about a year to get yourself totally immersed in what is going on, so I do have a big learning curve, but I enjoy that challenge. A lot of it will be doing a lot of listening, reading, understanding and asking questions; getting that clarification in my head. I’m a person who likes to get a lot of facts together and do a lot of research before I do my decision-making. That is part of how I do things.”
In her career life, Litster works at Northern Lights College as a Workforce Training and Continuing Education Co-ordinator.
“I co-ordinate safety and different types of programs for the community or private, for example I do work with the mines in putting some of their safety programs together,” she says.
Litster explains this job and her past occupations have given her an ability to listen and understand what people’s needs are.
“When I was the Economic Development Chair for the district of Sparwood, it was a committee of council, so that is where I have that understanding about how things do work. I was the chair for the 1993 Canada Games and the Elk Valley BC Senior Games in 1999 doing the medals chair. Those are big projects where you have to be a team player to make things happen. You have to work and get along with people. That is very much a forte of mine. Getting along with people to make it work,” explains Litster.