McDonnell Announces Board Demand Supported by “Roll Up Your Sleeves” Situation

McDonnell listed physician shortages, street issues, and revitalization of key city areas as major issues

Scott McDonnell, 61, said he had an epiphany to run for council in the upcoming civilian election.

“I was on one occasion and there were a lot of people complaining about the various issues we’re having… and I said to myself, You know, I don’t think anyone in this room is really willing to do anything other than complain,” he said. “I always remember growing up, my dad says, ‘If there’s something you see that you think you can help and fix, roll up your sleeves and get in there. Do your part.’”

McDonnell, a car salesperson working for Knight Automotive, has ties to the Championship Capital.

The third generation of Kamloopsian felt drawn to community service, like his family. His father volunteered and ruled in the sports community, while his mother was involved in the arts and taught sign language. His grandfather, Bob Chalmers, is in the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame and was one of the people who helped build the Memorial Arena.

McDonnell said the family-infused roll-up mentality has propelled him to success in the restaurant business working for years alongside his brothers. McDonnell had an education in journalism, but ended up working as a chef and opening several Earl’s restaurants and family-run operations, including Mackers (formerly at the Alchemy Brewing Company’s current location at the Thompson Hotel in downtown Kamloops) and Mackers on the Mountain at the tops of the sun. Since selling restaurants, McDonnell has done some food and beverage consulting and started working as a car salesman in the last decade after retiring from Biz Restaurant. He’s known locally as “Scottymac,” McDonnell said, so much so that some people may not recognize his full name on the ballot.

McDonnell said he does not intend to become a politician. He said politicians are worried about upsetting people, but his skin is thick. He said a city councilman, to him, is someone who comes in with a new perspective, does his part and then raises the torch. He said that listening is an important feature. He said he understands that if he is elected, he is only one of nine members of the council.

The most important issues, McDonnell said, are: doctor shortages, street issues and revitalization of downtown and the North Shore. He said the municipalities have a lot of power but he doesn’t like to hear “we can’t do that”.

“I’m that guy,” McDonnell said, “What do you mean, we can’t do that?” “There are limitations to municipal capacity in British Columbia – I understand that – but they can be challenged. He believed it was time to analyze the limitations of the Community Charter.

The idea that McDonnell should entice people downtown is to provide residents of Kamloops with one hour of free parking downtown each day so they can choose to shop from smaller local retailers, as opposed to always going to the bigger stores.

“The companies that helped build Kamloops,” he said, “have to be taken care of.”

It’s not McDonnell’s first crack in politics. Before Sun Peaks became a municipality, he said he was previously elected as a trustee for the community that works alongside the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

Kevin Dergis, owner of Strategis Communications and Sugarbees Artisinal Ice Cream, is a member of the McDonnell campaign team.

McDonnell can be found on Instagram via camloopscouncillor.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *