Denesiuk receives Liberal nod

Connie Denesiuk, a long-time school trustee from Summerland, will represent the Liberals in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Connie Denesiuk, a long-time school trustee from Summerland, will represent the Liberals in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding in the next federal election.

She was acclaimed at a reception in Penticton on Saturday.

“I’m pretty excited,” she said. “I think Canada needs a change.”

The next Canadian federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.

Denesiuk said the new riding, which includes Penticton and the South Okanagan as well as the Boundary and West Kootenay areas, is large and diverse.

She will spend the next year getting to know the people and the issues facing the riding.

Summerland is not included in the new riding.

Instead, Summerland will be part of the Okanagan-Coquihalla riding, which also includes Peachland, West Kelowna, Merritt and Logan Lake.