David has been the Artistic Producer of Western Canada Theatre for twenty-one years, and has served WCT and other companies as actor, director, musician, dramaturge and sound designer while performing in theatres from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria. He has produced over 150 plays in that time, doubling the size of the company, building a second theatre, the Pavilion, and has co-produced with many companies in BC, Alberta, and the National Arts Centre. Some of his favourite roles in recent years include Douglas in Ethan Claymore, Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Robert in Proof, and Angus in The Drawer Boy. David also appears in the feature film Deepwater shot in and around Clearwater and scheduled for release later this year. In addition to his work at WCT, he has adjudicated drama festivals in both BC and Newfoundland, including serving as Adjudicator at Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2000 provincial festival in Delta. (From website)
Mel was born in 1944 and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Mel Rothenburger is a descendant of Hudson’s Bay Company Factor Donald McLean of Fort Kamloops. Rothenburger most notably became editor of the Kamloops Daily News. Having known former Kamloops mayor and evangelist Phil Gaglardi since Gaglardi was a controversial Social Credit cabinet minister in 1970, Rothenburger wrote a biography of the ex-Highways Minister, Friend o’ Mine (Orca Books, 1991). Rothenburger’s earlier books were ‘We’ve Killed Johnny Ussher! The Story of The Wild McLean Boys and Alex Hare (Mitchell Press, 1973)’ and The Chilcotin War. The father of the ‘Wild McLeans’–Allan, Charlie and Allan; some of the most notorious outlaws in B.C. history–was the HBC Factor Donald McLean. He was Mayor of Kamloops, from 200 to 2005 and returned the Kamloops Daily news until retiring in 2012. Rothenburger continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, does regular commentary for CBC Radio and writes a blog at http://armchairmayor.wordpress.com .
Members of the RCMP come from across Canada to live and work in Kamloops. We know them by their faces and their deeds. Through the years they have coached sports teams, helped stranded travelers, educated kids on safety and drugs, assisted during car, boat and train accidents, disasters, fires and emergencies, come to the aid of hurt and distraught people. Kamloops RCMP have raised more than $500,000 for the bone marrow registry in aid of cancer research.
They give of themselves each and everyday that they come to work and sadly occasionally have given the ultimate sacrificed, their lives, to keep the streets and the citizens of Kamloops safe.
Three Kamloops RCMP died in June, 1962, while investigating reports of an armed gunman. They were (left to right) Const. Elwood Keck, 25; Const. Gordon Pedersen, 25; and Const. Donald Weisgerber, 23.
Our RCMP are remarkable Kamloopsians who are often called upon to do extraordinary things. (from Cpl. Fran Bethell)
Nelson served Kamloops and region longer than any other politician, over 25 years continuous service as MP, Kamloops City Councilor, and School Board Trustee. He was M.P. for Kamloops (New Democratic Party). He has a B.Ed. and an M.A. in geography from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Riis has taught in schools, colleges, and universities. He was alderman on the Council of the City of Kamloops from 1973 to 1978, director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, and trustee for Kamloops School District from 1978 until his election to Parliament in 1980. After his election to Parliament, Riis has been the New Democratic Party’s spokesperson for Small Business, Regional Expansion, and Finance. Then he was Parliamentary House Leader for the Federal Caucus. Following his defeat in 2000 he entered business and is vice-president of Rockport which makes engineered concrete homes for the developing world. (From website)
On June 19, 2001, Claude Richmond, Member for Kamloops, was elected as the 35th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Mr. Richmond was born in Blue River, British Columbia and educated in the Kamloops area. Prior to his first election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1981 by-election, Mr. Richmond served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked for twenty-five years in small business. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Richmond served two terms as a City of Kamloops councilor and from 1978 to 1982 managed CHNL radio station. Mr. Richmond was re-elected in 1983 and 1986 serving until 1991. In recent years, Mr. Richmond worked as a business consultant to the resource industries and markets and also held the position of managing director of the Kamloops Airport Limited. He was re-elected twice to the Liberal government of B.C., and currently serves as Minister of Employment and Income Assistance. (From website)
Mark is a hockey player (b 1 Feb 1968, Kamloops). He played his junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL. Underrated because of his small size, he was drafted only in the fourth round but surprised everyone by proving to be a prolific NHL scorer. The Penguins won the 1991 Stanley Cup thanks in large part to his play, but they traded him to Philadelphia midway through the next season. With the Flyers in 1992-93, he scored a career-high 53 goals and 123 points, a points record that stands alongside his 73 assists (1990-91) as the highest totals in the 20th century by any player born and raised in BC. In 1995 he was traded to Montreal and was a member of Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. The Flyers reacquired him in 1998-99 and he led the team in scoring for the next two seasons. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)