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She is remembered by fellow councillors and staff as dedicated and committed to the community. Her passions as a councillor included making the District more attractive, through the Communities in Bloom program and as Chair of the Community Improvements Committee.
Fellow councillor Merlin Nichols also describes Joanne as someone who was always “looking out for those who lacked a voice.” Joanne’s involvement in the community was immense, and before deciding to run for council again this fall, she said she was seriously considering running for mayor instead.
Outside of work, Joanne was known to love quilting and camping, as well as spending time with her family. She and her husband Ross have four children and five grandchildren.
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