Coulson named new CAO

Marg Coulson will be the new CAO for the Village of Keremeos. Coulson comes with 35 years of municipal experience.

Within just a few weeks, the village has

hired a new CAO.

It was announced Monday at council that

Marg Coulson would be taking over the top

leadership position for the village on February


Coulson worked for the city of Vancouver

for 35 years in a variety of roles.

“The last position I had with the city was

city clerk. I’ve worked in many different areas

including finance, health and on a variety of

projects,” she said.

Although Coulson doesn’t officially start

until mid-February she has met several of

the village’s staff members and sat in on a

variety of meetings including council and the

Similkameen Valley Planning Society.

“It’s early days but I’m getting acquainted

with the staff and am eager to get started,” she


Coulson left the city of Vancouver several

years ago to spend time travelling and building

a home in

nearby Osoyoos.

She said she plans to find accommodation

in Keremeos in the near future so she can enjoy

Keremeos to the fullest and be an active member

of the community.

Coulson was born and raised in Vancouver

but spent a lot of time in Keremeos and the

Okanagan during her youth and adulthood.

“Who wouldn’t love this area? I’ve been

coming here since I was a little girl. I absolutely

love the area,” she said.

Coulson holds a deemed Masters level

degree in Public Administration through the

City of Vancouver.

“Keremeos is pleased to hire a candidate

with Marg’s strengths and experience in local

government,’ said Mayor Manfred Bauer in

press release. “Ms. Coulson has a history of

success in the municipal environment from the

lower mainland. We sincerely welcome Marg

to Keremeos and look forward to working with

her to continue to move forward Keremeos initiatives

and lead our dedicated staff.”

Council officially appointed Coulson as

CAO during their regularly scheduled meeting


The village’s current CAO Cathy Cowan

will start her new role as CAO of the Town of

Oliver on February 29.

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