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
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.