Twenty-two Rutland residents met with Coun. Ryan Donn to express their concerns about the McCurdy Project on Wednesday afternoon. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)

Kelowna city councillor speaks to Rutland residents about McCurdy project

‘I feel like I got more than a few next steps for my road,’ said Coun. Ryan Donn

Kelowna City Coun. Ryan Donn put himself on the hot seat, welcoming Rutland residents to come to speak to him in Rutland Lions Park on Wednesday.

“We’re here to talk about whatever you need to. I mean, I know most of you are here to talk about a certain topic, but some people have other things,” said Donn as he initiated the afternoon’s conversation, garnering a chuckle out of the 22 people around him at the first of four scheduled Coffee with a Councillor events.

The crowd in attendance—and Donn himself—knew precisely what they were there to speak about: BC Housing’s McCurdy Road supportive housing project.

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The open conversation lasted nearly two hours, with lots of constructive criticisms being thrown at Donn and the City of Kelowna.

Two Rutland residents expressing their concerns to Coun. Ryan Donn on Wednesday afternoon. (Michael Rodriguez – Kelowna Capital News)

Donn’s main takeaway from the discussion was the residents of Rutland want a public process on every Housing First supportive housing project—specifically for wet houses.

Donn said the motivation for this outreach to the community was the lack of personality in council meetings and social media.

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“Council meetings are so formal, it can feel so detached sometimes for people,” said Donn after his interaction with the concerned residents.

“What I wanted to offer was—there are no rules; there’s no Robert’s Rules of Order. What happens on social media is people say whatever they want with no thought to how that impacts people.”

He added, “I want to get to the place where we are working with the community who’s active. I think right now people think we’re so disconnected from them, so I wanted to create that connection. A lot of these things we actually agree on, so I want to get to the point where we’re actually agreeing on what we need to advocate for.”

Donn feels as though the meeting was constructive and he will now bring the concerns of those who attended the meeting to his fellow councillors and other partners of the City of Kelowna.

“As a councillor, you’re there to represent the public. So you should walk out of that type of meeting with a few things that you know you need to do. I feel like I got more than a few next steps for my road,” said Donn of the productivity of the meeting.

“That’s essentially what my task is now: how do I turn what they said into the mechanics of government?”

Donn currently has three more Coffee with a Councillor events set in August, September and October. He said after these first four events, he will evaluate how they went and look into planning more after that.


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