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In Focus | Caroline King

Meet Caroline. Caroline has lived in the Kamloops area for 38 years. Caroline is passionate about giving back to the community; she runs a needle buy back program and is also running for Kamloops council in the Oct. 30th election.

What is your name?
Caroline King.

Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
I have lived in Kamloops for 38 years.

Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
Mirka Morgan, We don't share the same parents but we are sisters in life. She keeps me grounded and loves me and my children unconditionally. I can't imagine life without her.

What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
St. Vincent's Thrift. This is a thrift store run by the catholic church and it puts every dime back into their community kitchen and help office. They are an invaluable resource to the community and I love the great deals I find ;)

Describe yourself in one word.

If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
China to put eyes on my youngest brother and know that he is ok.

What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
Rib fest.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Anxiety caused fainting spell during an impassioned speech.

What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
Working with street addiction and seeing people with nothing live like they have everything.

Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
Bear watching with the entire neighbourhood on Friday nights at the Sparwood dump with my bucket of popcorn, in my jammies on the hood of our truck.

Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I volunteer with street people and persons in need at St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Kamloops BC. We serve the community with morning breakfasts for the homeless and with a help office for those in need. I currently help by running the thrift store that funds those programs two days a week for a total of 14 hours. I also created and run a needle buyback program with my partner Dennis, something we started to help clean up the parks, playgrounds and neighbourhoods in our community where accidental pokes and contact with used needles are a huge issue.

Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
My home! lol.

Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
I would like to see some positive changes around the current antiquated harm reduction model and work on cleaning up the streets.

What do you think makes Kamloops great?
We are a community that steps up when needed and we do it with passion.

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
1. To represent the city that I love, Kamloops Council.
2. To go on a fishing excursion to the Pacific Coast
4. To try out stand up comedy because I am pretty funny

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I cry at the drop of a hat.

How do people connect with you, personally, through social media?
Facebook: @LetsGetToYes

What is the name of your business/organization?
Lets Get to Yes

Why did you get into/start this business?

What is the goal of your business?
To be elected to Kamloops council on Oct. 20th, 2018.

What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
Pacing myself to save time for me.

What do you always find yourself saying?
Work harder.

Tell us your bets piece of life advice.
Taking action is one way to get results.

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Betty White!

Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
Supporting local business supports our community.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
My children.

Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
Mike White because he puts up with me day in and out despite what I throw his way.

My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Dennis Giesbrecht.

Some general comments I would like to share are:
Life is better when we are working together and supporting the Kamloops we love.

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