Max Lentz, the incumbent TNRD director for Area B (Thompson-Headwaters), lists a variety of experiences and training in his background.
These include 14 years of business ownership and management, and working in the BC Attorney General’s office for 13 years.
Lentz has achieved a Level 2 Certificate of Local Government Leadership from the Local Government Leadership Academy.
He has been the Area B director for three years. During that time he arranged to have a new high quality and high-speed Internet system installed in Blue River.
Lentz worked with Telus to get the three cell sites being built at Blue River, Wire Cache (Avola) and Vavenby.
Other accomplishments include the completion of the Blue River Skating Rink through the RINK (Recreational Infrastructure) program with the federal government.
He also worked to get a federal government grant to upgrade the Blue River water system. Installation will be in 2012.
The incumbent worked to have the new roof on the Community Hall completed. He found funding for Blue River Community Hall’s new insulation walls as well as for energy efficiency and building upgrades for the Avola Hall.
Lentz conducted a “community conversation” project for Blue River with funding provided by the Thompson Country Community Futures Corporation and Urban Systems. This allowed the residents a say in the future of their community.
He arranged for and sponsored two MBA students from Royal Roads University to write their theses on Area B. One was to do with summer tourism. The second was about developing a community greenhouse for Blue River.
“I worked with senior RCM Police managers to assist the Clearwater RCMP to increase police coverage in Area B,” he said. “This led to the reinstatement of a permanent member’s position that had not been filled for many years.”
He hosted the August 2010 TNRD Annual Remote Area board meeting in Blue River.
Lentz also arranged for Avola and Blue River to receive the new garbage and re-cycling bins, the first in the TNRD.
“I have truly enjoyed professionally representing Area B for the last three years and I have been available to all residents and businesses,” he said. “I am currently working on a number of business projects as well as with BC Hydro to improve the hydro power throughout the North Thompson Valley. I am looking forward to seeing these projects completed and working hard into the future for more infrastructure improvements and business and jobs development.”