A long time resident of the Okanagan Valley, Garry Litke (B.A., PDAD, M.Ed) has been involved in the field of education for the past 32 years.
Originally a high school English teacher, Garry has spent much of his career as a contract administrator, program facilitator and personnel mediator. He has held administrative positions with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation and was President of the Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union for ten years.
Garry is also a successful contract negotiator and, most notably, was instrumental in negotiating the teachers' provincial contract that resulted in the lowest class sizes in North America.
Garry is well known in the community for his extensive volunteer activities and his leadership in social and environmental issues. He believes that both a thriving economy and a sustainable environment are viable and attainable. He is an advocate for affordable housing and the preservation of agricultural land in Penticton.
Garry is past Chair of the City of Penticton Social Development Advisory Committee, the Official Community Plan Review and Emergency Preparedness Committee and has also served on the Centennial Committee and the Substance Abuse Task Force.
Garry enjoys the challenge of providing open, accessible local government that is both fiscally and morally responsible.
A 30-year resident of the Okanagan, Garry is an accomplished musician and amateur sailor and avid skier. Garry is married to Kendra, an elementary school teacher, and they have three children.