Gord Milsom served as a Councillor for West Kelowna for three separate terms, during which he was wholly dedicated to building a strong foundation for local government. When he was first elected onto Council in 2007, there were no goals or priorities yet established. It was not common at the time for City Councils to engage in goal setting. As such, it was Gord's recommendation that Council set clear and measurable priorities and goals for our Council’s first ever term. He used his business background, financial expertise, and planning skills to help guide Council during the municipality’s inception.
This took impeccable communication and collaboration between Council and Staff. As a result, the West Kelowna Council was able to bring about progression for the community, while at the same time keeping taxes affordable. Here were some of their successes:
The new RCMP facility is a prime example of how Gord's leadership skills were able to benefit the West Kelowna community. Gord recommended that Council defer the tendering of construction a few months because he foresaw a significant drop in costs. Council followed his recommendation and costs came in $1,000,000 under budget, thus saving tax payers a significant amount of money. He was also the proponent for the placement of an RCMP liaison officer within our school system, which has helped reduce crime, drug use, and bullying. It has given students the opportunity to speak openly about such matters. In addition, Gord also supported many other citizens to voice their individual concerns.
Current Director and member of the West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club
Gord and his fellow West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club members certainly believe in the Rotarian motto “service above self” . They have raised significant amounts of money to meet the needs of the community.
Director - Greater Westside Board of Trade
Gord offers leadership for development of policies and events to support and enhance the business climate on behalf of our local businesses. This includes lobbying the provincial and federal governments when necessary. Some of our signature events and funds raised include:
Past Director - Westside Community Food Bank
During his years of service he helped develop a business plan to merge the Kelowna and Westside Community Food Banks into one organization, The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Combining the food banks increased operating efficiencies, reduced costs, and improved services to those in need.
Past Chair - City of West Kelowna Economic Dvelopment Committee
Gord Milsom provided input/advice to City of West Kelowna staff with regards to the Economic Development and Tourism Operational Plans and the City’s longer term Economic Development Strategic Focus Plan.
Reflecting on accomplishments prior to his time as a City Councilor, he remembers and cherishes the “wins” which were earned on a collaborative or team basis. Two of his favourite accomplishments involve football and Rotary. One collaborative “win” that stands out, was being team captain of his football team and their team winning the national title “Little Grey Cup”. This was quite a feat considering the team did not win a single game during their previous year. Even though he had his own personal accomplishments as a player and captain, the highlight for Gord was the journey they took as a team to win the title.
In 2005/2006, Gord was President of the Rotary Club of Kelowna, and for that particular year they set some very ambitious goals. With 130 members, they were able to collaborate as a club to achieve their goals, plus they were recognized at the end of the year as “The Most Outstanding Large Club”.