“Politics is not for the faint of heart. Issues of the day arise suddenly. They are complex. Resolution requires courage to make tough decisions. If an MP is deserving of her constituent’s confidence to be their advocate and to earn her salary, then she must possess these qualities: education; business experience; legal knowledge; and, diverse community service experience. Cindy has these qualities. My experience from years as a Federal Cabinet Minister and member of the Privy Council, enables me to assure my North Okanagan-Shuswap community that we will be proud to see Cindy standing up in the House of Commons as our Member of Parliament. Cindy Derkaz is deserving of your vote and mine.”
Hon. Judd Buchanan PC, OC, Vernon, BC
“I believe Cindy has all the qualities that I want in the politician who represents my riding and me. She has extensive public experience and I am particularly impressed by three of her many qualities. Cindy demonstrates inclusive leadership and values. She treats people and groups equally and focuses on their unique characteristics, not on stereotypes. She is a good listener and really hears what people are saying. And she is an advocate for our environment at this critical time.”
Nola Dibiski, Retired Educator Okanagan University College, Vernon
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cindy Derkaz on Remembering the Honourable Len Marchand
When I was the Federal Liberal Candidate in 2015, I was very honoured to be endorsed by the Hon. Len Marchand. He was an amazing and humble man who was a role model for me. I first voted in a federal election when I was 18 years old. I remember election day well. The polling station was at the First United Church in Salmon Arm and I voted for Mr. Marchand, the candidate for Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Liberal Team. I followed Len’s career over the years, including his appointment to the senate. Unfortunately Len passed away on June 3, 2016. His obituary briefly tells his story-Leonard Stephen Marchand Obituary – Kamloops, BC.
It was wonderful to have his endorsement of my candidacy on Team Trudeau in 2015 and I think about it frequently as I run again in 2019 to represent North Okanagan Shuswap.
“Cindy Derkaz is a wonderful human being and would be a great representative for the North Okanagan Shuswap. With her background and credentials there is no reason why she should not be in the Trudeau cabinet. I also believe that Cindy would do a great job on behalf of our First Nations people.”
Hon. Len Marchand, Okanagan Band Member
First Status Indian elected to Parliament