Tom Shypitka declares for city council

Local resident with deep roots in Cranbrook aims to build a positive relationship between council and residents.

Tom Shypitka is running for city council in the upcoming municipal election.

The municipal election has another entrant, as Tom Shypitka declared his intent to run for city council on Wednesday.

Shypitka, who provides financial services with Sun Life Financial, decided to enter the race this time after reflecting on the current state of affairs in the city.

“At this stage of my life, I felt I had the responsibility to make a positive change to the city I love, rather than just talking about it,” said Shypitka.

“I will not be the candidate who finger points and says who or what is to blame for any shortfalls the city has seen in recent years. Rather, I prefer to concentrate on the positive and will look forward from where we are now.”

Shypitka, a born-and-raised fourth generation resident of Cranbrook who has been a self-employed business owner for 33 years, wants to grow business while also tackling infrastructure, services and culture.

“Budget speaking, this is a balancing act, so as council, we have to be very savvy on how we allocate our expenses,” Shypitka said. “We need council to have business sense so as to eliminate useless or non productive spending.”

A working relationship between council and residents is one of Shypitka’s biggest goals, if elected.

“We, the citizens, have to understand that city council is trying it’s best to improve the city,” Shypitka said. “There will always be left versus right viewpoints, but I think it is council’s job to bridge the gap between the two groups.

“It is where we will get our best work done and this is where I believe I can help the most. We have to do this together.”

Outside politics, Shypitka’s name may resonate due to his curling career, where he has played at the highest level and beaten the best in the world. During his time on the curling sheets, he learned the importance of playing as a team.

“Individually, a team may not comprise the best players, but if all members have the same focus, goals, and direction, it is amazing what you can accomplish,” Shypitka said.

Cranbrook is a regional hub and has a backdrop that makes it one of the best places to live on the planet, said Shypitka, pointing to services such as the College of the Rockies and the Canadian Rockies International Airport and the opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hunting, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

“Let’s focus on the bigger picture and throw ourselves out to the world,” Shypitka said. “Lets be creative in attracting new businesses and improving the ones that are already here. Lets improve on community and work as a team.

“This won’t work otherwise.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A naloxone kit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Interior Health issues drug alert for Cranbrook

Interior Health has issued a drug alert in the Cranbrook area for… Continue reading

Blue Sky Kingdom.
Kimberley’s Bruce Kirkby publishes “Blue Sky Kingdom” documenting family adventure to Zanskar

Bruce Kirkby, a prolific and world-reknowned adventurer, writer and photographer who calls… Continue reading

A Kimberley resident expresses her concerns and frustration regarding proper waste management and enforcement, resulting in unnecessary encounters with bears. File Photo.
Letter to the editor: Waste management and urban bears in Kimberley

October 29, 2020 I just want to start by saying we LOVE… Continue reading

LETTERS: Response to Marysville Arena closure

City Council has decided to keep the arena closed for now

Kimberley Council looks at Good Neighbour ByLaw

Bylaw woudl give enforcement officer more tools

Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
VIDEO: Island man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

CBSA. (Black Press Media File)
4 sentenced in B.C. steroid smuggling, distribution ring that spilled into U.S.

Canadian Border Services Agency announced the results of a lengthy investigation it called ‘Project Trajectory’

Search and Rescue Technicians carry a stretcher to the CH149 Cormorant during a 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Exercise in Tofino on February 28. (Photo by: Cpl Joey Beaudin, 19 Wing Imaging, Comox)
Father and son found dead after weeklong search near Pemberton

The father and son had set out for a day of mushroom picking last Thursday

A full moon rises over Mt. Cheam on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Rare full moon, Daylight Saving makes for a uniquely spooky Halloween – despite COVID-19

We can’t host costume parties but this weekend is still one for the history books

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

A study by SlotsOnlineCanada notes there is at least 88 hours of top-rated horror movies for Canadians to consume this Halloween. (Unsplash)
Spooks and Chill study reveals Canada’s favourite horror flicks

88 hours of top-rated horror movies can fill COVID-19 Halloween

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports seven more COVID-19 cases

Eighty-nine cases remain active, none of whom are currently hospitalized

Most Read