Advocating for business and community
A former elected official with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) for a decade, serving as Vice-Chair for 6 years, she has extensive experience in board governance and strategic planning. In 2018, she felt she had completed the projects that were important to her constituents, a highlight being securing potable drinking water for the community of Windermere, she chose not to seek re-election.
Having been a Director and Vice-Chair of Columbia Basin Trust from 2011-2018, she has a keen passion for community development and working with communities throughout the region. She has the ability to listen intently, understanding that a problem well defined is easier to solve. Her knowledge of working with different sized and geographically located communities enables her to be creative and realistic in providing direction.
She served as an Executive Member of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for 5 years, most recently as President concluding in Sept 2018. Having led this Provincial wide organization representing Local Governments in British Columbia gives Wendy the unique ability to understand the limitations and opportunities that exist for all communities and organizations within them.
In the spring of 2019, she was appointed as a Director of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for the Columbia Region and continues to serve on the Columbia Basin Broadband Board of Directors since 2015.
She continues to volunteer on several non-profit boards in the Columbia Valley. Recently, she has been named as a Non-Profit Advisor for the Columbia Basin Trusts, non-profit program. This program provides support and guidance to non-profits in the Columbia Basin.
As a former owner of a whitewater rafting company combined with a business degree, she has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys spending her free time outside in the Kootenays whether it be skiing, golfing or on the water. Wendy Booth has lived in the Columbia Valley for 25 years, calling Fairmont Hot Springs home with her husband and two black Labrador retrievers.