The Village of Burns Lake Council includes five members that will serve to the end of the current term in October 2018.
Mayor Chris Beach:
Mayor Chris Beach was born and raised in Burns Lake where his family has lived for five generations. Along with his wife Dooseon and son Aiden, he enjoys the many recreational and cultural opportunities the Lakes District has to offer. He graduated with a Double Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Victoria, and wrote his Master’s Thesis on the history of the Ootsa Lake Settlements that were flooded out by the Alcan Kemano Project in the 1950s.
Mayor Beach served three years as Councillor before winning a by-election in 2016 to become Mayor. During his term he hopes to promote Economic Development, infrastructure replacement, and First Nations partnerships. He takes great pride in representing his community to the rest of the Province, and he is happy to live amongst its welcoming people and pristine environment.
Councillor Kelly Holliday:
Councillor Holliday is the owner and operator of an award winning fashion boutique in Burns Lake that specializes in Canadian made apparel. She has been in operation since the spring of 2010, and she has enjoyed being a part of the local business community for many years. Prior to that, Councillor Holliday worked in marketing for Vista Radio, which gave her a close relationship with the business community in the North and inspired her to start a business of her own.
She has been heavily involved in many local organizations, including the local Fall Fair Society, the Rotary Club, and she has served as the president of the local Chamber of Commerce for two terms. She loves her community and enjoys finding ways to get involved and give back.
Councillor Holliday ran for Council to make a difference for the business community, and she is hoping to find ways to increase retail activity in Burns Lake and inspire citizens to do more of their shopping locally. Her goal is to help define “who we are and what we stand for as a community” to attract new residents, new business and new industry. She is very proud of the community, and feels that it is time for the rest of the world know what Burns Lake has to offer.
Councillor Holliday has lived in Burns Lake for fifteen years, and enjoys spending time with her three boys. When she isn’t working, she loves to spend time on the shores of Babine Lake. When asked what has made her stay in Burns Lake, she always replies “It’s the people!”
Councillor Michael Riis-Christianson:
Michael Riis-Christianson has been a resident of the Lakes District for nearly 40 years, and lived in Burns Lake proper since 2006. Although trained as a journalist (something he still dabbles in occasionally), he has also operated his own business and worked for all three levels of government.
Michael has a long history of volunteerism in the community, having served on more than a dozen organizations since returning to the Lakes District in 1991. A founding member of Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd., the Lakes District Film Appreciation Society (Beacon Theatre), and Burns Lake Citizens on Patrol, he is currently a member of the Burns Lake Public Library’s board of trustees and treasurer of the North Central Library Federation.
Michael first served on village council in the early 1990s, and was elected again in 2016. During the coming two years, he hopes to play a role in developing Burns Lake’s mid-term timber supply mitigation strategy, and see the village address its infrastructure deficit.
Councillor Susan Schienbein:
Susan Schienbein was elected to Council in November 2014. This will be her fourth term on Council although work outside of Burns Lake in another local government necessitated a resignation part-way through her third term.
Susan’s family moved to Burns Lake in 1967. Susan was active in service as a child and was part of the Burns Lake Service Club – a student volunteer group – that started the Citizen of the Year Award. Growing up with a volunteer extraordinaire for a Mom instilled a strong sense of volunteering. Councillor Schienbein has volunteered for numerous organizations and projects in the community and is focused on organizations that focus on health, housing, education, and poverty reduction.
Councillor Schienbein is a life-long learner and school books and online learning are never far from her home office desk. Currently, Susan is enrolled in a Library Management Certificate program with Royal Roads University and is finalizing her Certified Service Manager designation with the Canadian Institute for Citizen Centred Service. Susan is currently the Library Director with the Burns Lake Public Library.