Green Party’s Kerri Wall brings health lens to issues
Wall has been an Interior Health employee since 2010 and is a proud member of the BCGEU.
“As part of the Healthy Communities team, I support local governments around the Kootenays with healthy public policy and planning. In this role, I have dealt with municipal election cycles and watched closely as mayors and council members wrestle with tough decisions,” she said.
“The projects I focus on bring a population health lens to issues I care deeply about – housing, childcare, poverty reduction, mental health, and climate change. Despite this being meaningful work, legislative barriers currently prevent the creation of truly healthy communities. The policy levers needed to tackle the challenges we face due to the climate emergency, the overdose crisis, COVID-19, and health inequities exist at higher levels of government.
“As prosperous as we say British Columbia is, not everyone is sharing in that prosperity. People created our governing institutions, so people can – and should! – change and improve them. I learned as a young person that when something needed to happen, and someone had to see to it, that I could decide to be that someone. I hope you will join me.”
Wall has lived in Fernie, located on ancestral and unceded Ktunaxa territory, since 2008. She was born and grew up on Treaty 6 lands in Saskatoon and has been British Columbia for the last 26 years.
She has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and certificates from the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Negotiation and Third-Party Mediation.
The focus of her career over the last 25 years has been families, mental health, housing, and shared prosperity in both the non-profit and public sectors. Current projects centre on housing, food security, and poverty reduction.
Wall is a member of the Social Advisory Committee for the Columbia Basin Trust, as well as a member of the Cranbrook & Area Social Planning Society. She also sits on Teck’s Elk Valley/Crowsnest Pass Communities of Interest Advisory Committee and is one of the founders of the Fernie Awareness and Accountability Project spotlighting the role of white people in ending racism and honestly addressing the genocidal base this country was built on.
The B.C. general election is Saturday, Oct. 24.