My name is Cheryl Graham, your RDCK Area E Director. I’m 59 years old, I moved to Balfour 19 years ago with my husband, and we are the owners of Graham Marine Construction in Balfour where I manage the office.
When we moved here, we weren't really sure what we were going to do or how we were going to earn our living and we really didn't know anyone here - so it was a little scary.
My husband had a dream to walk out his back door onto his dock. I later found out that his dream included stepping off his dock and going to work. We started off building our own dock and found there was a need in the area for skilled tradespeople in the marine construction industry, so we pivoted his building business, and Graham Marine Construction was born. We had a lot to learn about a new industry, not much money, and four kids between us. I lived in a partially renovated house for about a decade in a dock construction yard - does that sound Kootenay or what?
Area E is my home, I have never lived in any one place longer than I've lived here. It is the most beautiful and amazing place in the world. Moving here was the best decision we have ever made. I love this community. It has been very good to me personally and professionally and I am very proud to represent the people in this diverse community at the table of the RDCK.
One of my campaign priorities was to create and distribute a weekly Area E newsletter, you can find issues and more information on the Area E Newsletter page of this website.
I am also very pleased to advise that Josh Smienk is my Alternate Director and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Josh previously held the role of Area E Director for 20 years. I am extremely grateful to be able to access his wealth of experience and knowledge as I move forward along my political journey with Area E residents.
I want to know what you care about and how I can help.
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