Holmes has international experience

Doug Holmes, if he’s elected to municipal council, said he will bring some world wide experience to Summerland council.

Doug Holmes, if he’s elected to municipal council, said he will bring some world wide experience to Summerland council.

Though he is a 10-year resident of Summerland, Holmes has worked around the world.

In London and Paris he was director of a British publishing firm and served on working groups for the United Nations, OECD, European Commission, and Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also worked in newspapers and CBC radio, in London, Bucharest, Hong Kong, Ottawa, Yellowknife and Inuvik.

Holmes, 54, is a tennis coach and also as volunteer coach of the Summerland Secondary School Rockets.

He is vice-president of the Lakeshore Racquets Club and Tennis Canada’s community champion for Summerland.

“I’m running for Councillor because I care about Summerland and its future,” said Holmes.

“I’m motivated by the desire to improve our overall quality of life and make Summerland the best community in Canada for individuals and families to live, work, learn and play.”

He added that he is one of the world’s experts on e-government and a pioneering advocate of the use of Internet technologies in the public sector.

He worked in business development and marketing for Microsoft Corporation for about 10 years and is author of the book, eGov: e-Business Strategies for Government, an international business bestseller.

“Summerland must continue to invest in its basic infrastructure – roads and utilities but also cultural and recreational assets,” said Holmes, who’s also a member of Summerland council’s community cultural advocacy committee.