Doug and his wife, Willie, have lived on the Westside for over 43 years and have raised two sons here. Doug is proud to have received the trust of voters and served the people of the City of West Kelowna as a full time Mayor for the last 10 years and previously one year as Councillor. He is well-qualified to represent the citizens of the City of West Kelowna on Council for another term.
His involvement in the community has not only included Chair of the Westside Governance Committee studying the incorporation of the Westside over the span of several years, but he also served as President of the Glenrosa Resident’s Association on two separate occasions.
Doug is proud of his 100% attendance at Council meetings since Incorporation in 2007, and near perfect attendance as a West Kelowna Director to the Regional District Board. Doug is also pleased that during his 3 terms as Mayor, council has limited tax increases to 3% or less, thus keeping West Kelowna affordable.
Doug has been described by many residents as a "very accessible Mayor." West Kelowna is home for Doug and his family and he has dedicated a great amount of time for the betterment of his fellow Westside residents.
Doug's focus as Mayor has been:
Doug has held a number of positions during the past decade related to local government in the Okanagan:
Prior Community Involvement
Awards and Previous Career
DAILY COURIER EDITORIAL OF THANKS AND ENDORSEMENT
"Thank you to Mayor Findlater"
"The Okanagan’s best mayor won’t be seeking re-election. Doug Findlater, West Kelowna’s mayor since 2008, announced Friday that he won’t be seeking re-election in the Oct. 20 election.It wasn’t really a surprise. He has hinted for months that this could be his last term as mayor. He hasn’t ruled out a run for one of the six spots on council.
Findlater did a terrific job over the past decade, starting from scratch and building the city to what’s now the third-largest urban area in the valley. (Penticton has dropped to fourth.) Much more than its Kelowna counterpart, West Kelowna city council favours robust debate. Councillors exchange pointed opinions with one another, and aren’t shy about grilling city staff on policy details or the various reasons for which various recommendations are presented.
It can be an at-times lively environment in council chambers. But, Findlater always provided the calm, even-handed approach one expects of a good mayor leading a council made up of different personalities. His work chairing a local governance committee that predated the 2007 vote in favour of incorporation gave him an invaluable understanding of the role and powers of local government. That knowledge carried over into his political career as, first, a city councillor, and then the mayor.
West Kelowna’s budgets have been prudent, providing for an annual tax increase of about three per cent. That was somewhat higher than the inflation rate, but demonstrated more cost-consciousness than Kelowna council’s have shown over the past few decades. That’s all the more remarkable, since West Kelowna is a young city, without the kind of deep financial reserves that Kelowna can draw on. Again, much of the credit for the admirable management of public money must go to the mayor.
Findlater experienced a public rebuke of sorts, when voters shot down plans for West Kelowna’s first city hall. But, the fact the proposal even went to voters, when it might have been ushered into existence through the sneaky and ill-named Alternate Approval Process, was due to Findlater’s determination it was an issue worthy of a referendum.
Findlater has been an engaged, thoughtful, fair-minded politician. We hope his legacy will be continued by whoever succeeds him in the mayor’s chair this fall.
The best way to describe Doug Findlater is an honest, straight shooter, who always had the best interests of his community at heart. The mayor’s job can be stressful. Findlater deserves credit for not hanging around too long. He knew now was the time to go.
Should he choose to run for council, he’d be an asset to the new mayor and council members.
In the meantime, on behalf of the residents of West Kelowna, the regional district and the entire valley, thank you to Doug and Willie Findlater for their service to the community. You will be gone, missed, but not forgotten."