Penny Gambell brings a strong and varied background as Councilor-at-Large. Penny grew up in Lake Country, seeing the area evolve from a small unincorporated area, to the growing municipality it is today. She is a graduate of UBC, and began her career as a secondary school teacher. While raising her family of three children here in Lake Country, she worked with her husband Pearce on their 34 acre family farm. Today she and her son, Andrew farm fruit and vegetables together in Lake Country.
From 1991 to 1995 she served as a Commissioner with the Agricultural Land Commission, learning about land use issues and municipal planning. From 1992 to 2004, she worked with the BC Fruit Growers’ Association, serving as President of the Association from 2000 to 2004. In this capacity, she was called to represent the needs of her constituency and lobby all levels of government. Under her leadership, the association achieved a united membership after undergoing many years of division. Penny Gambell is also a Past-President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), the national organization which represents a broad base of horticultural needs and issues.
Penny Gambell also served on a number of boards and committees including the BC Agrifood Trade Council, the Provincial Risk Management Advisory Committee, the Okanagan Valley Tree Fruit Authority and the Sterile Insect Release Board (SIR). She served as Vice-Chair of the federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Branch Advisory Committee and was also a member of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors at Industry Canada from 2001 until 2004.
Her community involvement began in 1971 when she returned to live in Lake Country. In the 70’s and 1980’s, she served as secretary of the Oceola Arts Council, secretary and chair of the United Church Council, various positions with Lake Country Youth Soccer and was a volunteer with the Cancer campaign for many years.
More recently Penny chaired the Lake Country Board of Variance from 1997 to 2003 which gave her an understanding of growth issues. She served two years with the Lake Country Community Development Commission to focus on the business development of Lake Country which she believes to be a vital part of this community’s sustainable future. She was a participant in the Oyama Sector Plan Committee in 2004-05 and the Okanagan Centre Sector Plan Committee in 2006-2007.
Penny has served as Councillor at Large since 2005. During these years she has been a Council representative on the Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Access and Mobility Committee, the Water Advisory Committee, the Economic Development and Planning Committee, and Tourism Kelowna. For the past six years she has also been the Mayor’s Alternate at the Central Okanagan Regional District. Penny is keen to represent her constituents and work together with her Council to improve the quality of life here and plan well for the future of Lake Country.
Councillor Penny Gambell – Councillor at Large