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                              Council 2018-2022

Summerland Council 2018 - 2022
Mayor: Toni Boot (middle)
Councillors: (left to right) Doug Holmes, Doug Patan, Erin Trainer,
Erin Carlson, Richard Barkwill and Marty Van Alphen.

The District of Summerland is governed by an elected Council comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors. The Local Government Act and Community Charter give Council the authority to establish policies to guide the growth, development and operation of the District and to levy taxes to provide services.

MayorToni Boot grew up in Summerland and, after her first of two sons was born, moved back to her hometown from Vancouver. She taught at Okanagan College for several years, co-owned Kettle Valley Dried Fruit Company, and founded and owned Grasslands Nursery. Toni entered local government in 2014 when she was elected to Council. During this four-year term, she also sat as a director on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) board.

Toni was elected mayor of Summerland in October 2018 and will also serve on the RDOS board. She is also serving her second term as a director on the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) board and sits on the policy and convention planning committees of SILGA.  Mayor Boot holds a B.A. in Professional Communications. Contact Mayor Boot at

BarkwillRichard Barkwill is a CPA working for the Canada Revenue Agency in Penticton and lives on a horse farm in Summerland. He was born and raised in Summerland but has lived in Ontario, Vancouver and Kelowna.

Richard has been a Councillor since 2014 and is the representative on the Community Climate Action Committee and Summerland Museum and Heritage Society. Contact Councillor Barkwill at


Erin Carlson is serving her second term on council. She was raised on a cherry orchard in Summerland. Erin was educated at the Ontario Agricultural College (Guelph) and is employed in the field. She has international and domestic experience in various agricultural activities and markets. She lives in Summerland with her husband and daughter, and their border collie. 

Erin looks forward to continuing to serve the community and helping lead Summerland with a positive and collaborative approach. Contact Councillor Carlson at


Doug Holmes is a second-term councillor who has a background in journalism and international business. He worked for Microsoft for 10 years and is author of a book on ‘e-government’, which was translated into seven languages. He was based in London and Paris before settling in Summerland in 2004. Previously, he was editorial director of a British publishing firm, a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe, and a newspaper editor and CBC radio reporter in the Northwest Territories. He is also a certified tennis instructor, founding chair of the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group, and organizer of ‘Doors Open Summerland’. Doug has a degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a post-graduate diploma in creative writing from Humber College in Toronto. He has been to every Canadian province and territory and has visited more than 90 countries. Contact Councillor Holmes at


Doug Patan, his wife Julie and two of their four children Joel and Kyle moved to Summerland in 2008.
Doug has over 18 years of municipal government experience and is currently employed by the City of Kelowna as the Building & Permitting Branch Manager  / Chief Building Official.
Doug has taught BC Building Code at the Center of Arts and Technology, is a member of Technical BC’s Safety Standards administrations group, was the South Central Interior Zone Director for the Building Officials Association of British Columbia and a member of the Pembina Institute on HVAC systems and design.

Doug’s experience in dealing with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions gives him excellent skills in working collaboratively with citizens, business owners and government agencies.  Contact Councillor Patan at


Erin Trainer is a second-term councillor. She grew up in the Lower Mainland and moved to Summerland in 2011 to be closer to her parents. (Her mother was born and raised in Summerland.) Erin now lives in Trout Creek with her husband Erick Thompson and young son Woods and daughter Lake.

Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (UVic), and diplomas in both Broadcast Journalism (BCIT) and Public Relations (UVic). She worked as a TV news writer and producer in Victoria, and prior to having children, worked as the marketing coordinator for Summerland Credit Union and manager of the Penticton Farmers' Market. She also co-founded the Trout Creek Residents Association, an informal group that organizes events and community clean-ups.

She is a strong advocate for healthy living and is the council liaison for the Parks and Recreation Committee and Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. In 2020, she was appointed as a director to represent Summerland on the RDOS board. She enjoys hiking, running and biking around Summerland. Contact Councillor Trainer at


Martin (Marty) Van Alphen moved to Summerland in 1988 with his family and has been a tireless supporter of this community and has held numerous leadership positions.

From 1991 to 2006, he and his wife started-up, owned and operated a successful collision repair business and currently run a diversified small farming operation in Summerland.

Marty believes that the most important skills he brings to the Council table specifically for businesses both old and new are; enthusiastic support, knowledgeable advice, effective advocacy and old-fashioned know-how. Contact Councillor VanAlphen at

Acting Mayor Schedule 
2021 Acting Mayor Schedule
2022 Acting Mayor Schedule


To communicate with Council through written correspondence, you may mail or deliver to Municipal Hall , or send electronically to  Correspondence must include your name and civic address to be circulated to Council.

All correspondence received by Council is available as a public record, and may be included as part of a public meeting.    The Corporate Officer reserves the right to withhold any correspondence from circulation that is anonymous and/or may be considered inappropriate or offensive in nature.

Please refer to 100.19 Circulation of Council Correspondence, for more information.

Correspondence received by Council may form part of an agenda if it is the opinion of the Corporate Officer the information is suitable for public distribution or if the writer specifically requests inclusion on a public agenda and is approved. The Corporate Officer reserves the right to withhold any correspondence from the agenda, any item that may be considered inappropriate or offensive in nature.

Please ensure that any information that may be personal in nature is removed from written material submitted (name and address is required) in case it becomes part of the public Council agenda package.

Privacy note: Be advised that Council and Committee meeting agendas, minutes and all information presented at an open meeting are public documents and are published on the District of Summerland website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Corporate Officer by phone at 250-404-4037.


Council Meetings

Regular Council meetings are typically scheduled on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis and are advertised on the Public Notice page and at the notice board at Municipal Hall.

Unless otherwise posted, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers at Municipal Hall, located at 13211 Henry Ave. All meetings are open to the public unless the Community Charter requires a meeting to be closed; however, space for members of the public is currently limited in Council Chambers due to COVID-19. Should you wish to attend Council Chambers in-person, advance registration is encouraged by contacting  Alternatively, electronic access to the meeting can be granted for those that wish to participate electronically.  To receive the electronic meeting details, please email For those interested in viewing the meeting, but not seeking to actively participate, you may live stream the meetings via the District of Summerland’s YouTube channel.

The Council meeting schedule may vary during holiday periods and therefore it is advisable to check with the Corporate Services Department or the calendar to confirm the date for a meeting you may wish to attend. The Agendas and Minutes of Council current and previous Council meetings and public hearings can be found on our Agendas and Minutes Portal.

Shaw Cable will broadcast recorded Regular Council meetings on channel 10 at 11:00 am the Wednesday and Friday after each Council meeting. Meetings can also be viewed online the day after each meeting.

Appearing Before Council as a Delegation

Any individual or group wishing to make a public presentation to Council must submit a Delegation Application Form (Fillable PDF). Application forms can be submitted to: Municipal Hall, 13211 Henry Avenue, Box 159, Summerland BC, V0H 1Z0, or emailed to:

The Corporate Officer will contact you to confirm the date and time of the meeting at which you have been scheduled to appear. Any materials you want included in the agenda package must be received electronically by 12:00 noon on the Wednesday, prior to the Council meeting you are scheduled to appear.  In consideration of the environment, providing Council with paper handouts is discouraged.

On your scheduled meeting date, you are asked to sit in the audience in the Council Chamber until you are called forward at the appropriate time by the Mayor. When speaking to the Mayor, refer to him/her as “Mayor _______" (the person's surname).

Presentations should be short and concise and generally limited to five minutes. If you are planning on using a PowerPoint Presentation please read these helpful guidelines (110KB PDF).

Delegation Application Form (Fillable PDF)

Delegation PowerPoint Presentations

Making a submission to Council at a Public Hearing

If you wish to comment on a matter that is the subject of a public hearing (for example, a rezoning or Official Community Plan Amendment), you are encouraged to appear before Council and personally present your information. After the introduction of the applicable bylaw and a presentation by the applicant, the Mayor will ask for comments from the public. If you raise your hand when the Mayor asks, you will be invited to come forward and address Council. Please make sure you speak into the microphone at the lectern, and start by giving your name and address for the record. If possible, please limit your remarks to five minutes.

If you are unable to attend the Council meeting in person you are welcome to make a submission by mail to the attention of the Corporate Officer, Municipal Hall, Box 159, Summerland BC V0H 1Z0. In your correspondence, please clearly indicate the address of the property you are writing about. Correspondence received between the time the public hearing is advertised in the local paper, and 12 noon on the date of the hearing, is copied and circulated to Council with their agenda package and becomes public information. When an issue is of concern to a neighbourhood, people of either side of the issue may send a petition to Council, but the best way to make your views known is to attend the hearing in person or to send personal written correspondence.

District of Summerland 2015 - 2019 Strategic Plan

The District of Summerland 2015-2019 Strategic Plan is now available.