Note: This is one in a series of public service blogposts intended to help eligible voters in Kaslo and Area D access as much information about the candidates in this year’s election as possible. The information in this post is solely the responsibility of the candidate. The Kaslo Institute is a non-partisan organization and in no way endorses the content in this post.
Meet Dustin East – Candidate for Kaslo Village Council
Dustin hails from Regina, SK, and came into the West Kootenays over 7 years ago, via Revelstoke, with the goal of creating a sustainable future with like-minded people. During this time he fell in love with the Kaslo lifestyle and became an avid backcountry skier and hiker. After moving permanently to Kaslo in 2013, he became involved in community soccer, hockey, yoga, music making, and dancing, and is now mentoring young boys through the “Boys Town” program (Community Services).
Dustin follows his passions by assisting his brother Braden develop an off grid electrical
service business, creating a Kaslo Healing Arts Studio and developing a back country haven near Retallack. He spends as much time with his nephew as possible.
His professional experience includes working as a special projects clerk for the City of Revelstoke,
the City of Nelson and the RDCK. Projects included taking an inventory of the assets for the city of Nelson, coordinating logistics for the Olympic Torch run and clerking for Nelson’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). These positions have allowed Dustin to work in all facets of a municipality and have given him valuable knowledge about how municipalities are run, and how they can be improved.
To develop integrated skills in leadership, productivity and professional communication, Dustin has attended numerous leadership training conferences and meditation retreats around and served as the Nelson Toastmasters president (2012 ).
Dustin is currently the Project Comeback Coordinator for Kaslo and Area D. Project Comeback is administered by North Kootenay Lake Communality Services Society and the project’s aim is to build and share community based knowledge and evidence about innovative strategies that enable youth to thrive in rural communities. This project included surveying over 80 Kaslo locals and hosting a workshop to determine barriers and find solutions for youth retention. As a spinoff from this project, Dustin helped create and coordinate a Rural Revival school in Johnson’s Landing (Summer 2014).
Dustin is currently the project lead of the main Project Comeback initiative, the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Project, which is being supported by the Rural Development Institute. Dustin is working with the Village of Kaslo, the Chamber of Commerce and Selkirk College on the BRE project. The Kaslo BRE team is currently interviewing 80 Area D businesses and non profits to develop a “working economic action plan” in the area
As a Village councillor in Kaslo Dustin will strive to listen carefully to the residents to make the best decision. Dustin will focus on Youth Retention which includes focusing on Economic Development (More Jobs), Affordable Housing, and creating a vibrant community with community services, and rich in arts, culture and entertainment.