Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)

Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)

Yvonne Prest not running for Fernie council in 2022

Prest was first elected in 2018, and said she’d consider another run when her children are older

One-term Fernie councillor Yvonne Prest won’t be running for re-election in October.

Originally elected in 2018, Prest said in an interview with The Free Press that she wanted to take more time to raise her young family, now she has two children under three years old (including a newborn daughter).

“I will not be running again this year, but I do intend to run in the future,” she said. “When I was elected four years ago I was six months pregnant, so I didn’t really know what motherhood would entail … with COVID and everything I feel we had a unique council experience, so I’d love to run again when my children are at school so I can really dive into the job.”

Prest added that her and her husband were also considering spending some time in Australia, as her husband is Australian.

Prest said there was a lot the city had achieved over the last four years, such as handling the pandemic, supporting locals by not raising taxes in 2020, and all the grants secured for major projects.

“There’s nothing I’m not proud of,” she said.

A motion to encourage a municipal-wide ban on plastics was what she was most proud of, she added. “I wrote it with my students … it felt really good to empower the kids.” Prest maintained her position as a high school humanities teacher throughout her term.

Prest was also part of a move to push the city’s Committee of the Whole meetings to later in the day (from 1pm to 4pm) to allow more councillors with full-time day jobs to attend.

She said everyone should try their hand at public service at some point, adding she had enjoyed it immensely.

“A big part of the job is educating residents, so I would advise future councillors to be prepared to have a lot of conversations clarifying their role and limitations within the firm parameters of provincial legislation.”

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