Meet Your Mayor & Council


Mayor Deb Kozak

Deb grew up in Saskatchewan with four siblings and attended University and Technical School in Saskatoon. She and her husband Peter have lived in Nelson for over 30 years. They have two children, Terry and Laura. In 2014, the family joyfully welcomed granddaughter Aizlinn. Deb is the first woman to serve as Mayor of the City of Nelson. She has served three terms on City Council and is the President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. She  chairs the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee and is passionate about the future of the Columbia Basin, its issues and the promotion of understanding and cooperation between communities and nations. As well, Deb is a Regional Director on the Regional District of Central Kootenay and serves on the Recreation Commission. She is one of the founding members of the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership, having worked in both the private and non-profit sectors and has served on volunteer organizations at local, provincial and national levels


Councillor Bob Adams 

 Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Bob has been married to his wife Lynn for 48 years. They have two children and four grandkids. Bob worked in the municipal field for 37 years, in Nelson for 27 as the Director of Works and Services. He was first elected in 2005 as City Councillor, and re-elected this year for a four-year term. His professional achievements include a term as President of BC  Public Works Association from 1996-1997, American Public Works Association Life Member 1999, Membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. Bob’s community service work includes Rotary Club of Nelson, School District 8 and Selkirk College’s Aboriginal Education Enhancement Committee, President of the Nelson and Area Metis Society and a member of Nelson Seniors Branch 51. Bob has served as a Justice of the Peace in both Saskatchewan and BC, and in 2012 he was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for my work with the Metis Nation of BC.


Councillor Anna Purcell

Born in Halifax, Anna grew up in Toronto, attended the Toronto Waldorf School, and acted in professional theatre at a young age. After graduating from Dalhousie University

she made her way to Nelson in 2008, by way of Vancouver, Victoria and Gabriola Island. Anna has supported herself as registrar and activities and homestay coordinator at a busy private ESL college in Vancouver, a self-employed artist, and through running her own book business. She has taught theatre sports and felting workshops, is active with Amnesty International and serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Civic Theatre. Anna works at MapleRose store on Baker Street and in her spare time travels with her partner Gary, gardens, reads, writes, plays piano, hikes the rail trail, plays with her neighbour’s cat, and makes things. Anna is keen to work with others to ensure Nelson is green, prepared, connected, inclusive, fair, prosperous, attractive and gloriously self-expressive.


Councillor Robin Cherbo

Born in Creston in 1946, Robin lived near Sirdar. He attended Notre Dame University
in 1966/67 before being hired by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways as a surveyor. Robin  moved to Nelson in 1976, retiring from the Nelson District Highways Office in 2002 after 34 years with MOTH. He has been married to Colleen Driscoll, who has worked at Kootenay Lake Hospital for 21 years. In 2005, concerned  with local health issues and the Nelson Norman Stubbs Municipal Airport, Robin was elected to Nelson Council in 2008 and 2011. He has participated in City projects including The Path To 2040, the Active Transportation Plan, the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, and Nelson Hydro Green Energy upgrades. Robin has been Council’s representative to the Interior Health Association Healthy Communities initiative, the Nelson Electric Tramway Society, Seniors’ Coordinating Society, Nelson Committee on Homelessness, the Social Planning Action Network, and the Nelson Pilots Association.


Councillor Janice Morrison

 Janice grew up in Vancouver attending Crofton House School for girls.

She went on the obtain degrees in Microbiology from UBC, an Interdisciplinary Masters with a Specialty in Physiology from New Mexico State University and a Physical Therapy Degree at the U of A. She also has Certification in Acupuncture. Elected to Nelson City Council from 1999-2002, Janice has called Nelson  home for 25 years with family first settling here in the 1920s. She has worked as a Physical Therapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital for 25 years and with her partner Mike own Kastlerock B&B. They have no children but do own a friendly cat called Mr. Mouse. Janice has been a director of the Nelson Maple Leafs hockey team, chaired the KLH Foundation, was president of the Chamber of Commerce, chaired the City Advisory Planning Commission and has been a Nelson Rotary Club member for 23 years. Janice likes to stay active in her free time and is involved with the Mountain Spirit Triathlon Club.



Councillor Valerie Warmington 

Valerie moved to Nelson in 2007 after a decade managing humanitarian aid projects in a variety of countries recovering from war. Prior to that, she represented Canada on several delegations negotiating arms control agreements at the United Nations and chaired the Canadian chapter of the Nobel Prize- winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines. After arriving in Nelson, Valerie worked as a project manager for Oxygen Art Centre, later chairing its Board of Directors, a position she recently resigned. Since early 2011, she has worked as the Executive Director of Kootenay Kids Society, an organization providing wide-ranging services for children and families throughout the West Kootenay region. Valerie has an Undergraduate and a Master’s Degree in Geography. She continues post- graduate work online through the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica with a focus on Human Rights. Valerie has two sons aged 7 and 23.



Councillor Michael Dailly

During a visit to the Kootenays in 2007 Michael and his wife Julie discovered the community of Nelson and decided the natural beauty, friendly community and diverse culture of Nelson were exactly what they were looking for. Michael completed a 30-year career with the City of Toronto Fire Services serving as both a Fire Captain and a Union Executive Officer. Since making Nelson home Michael has been involved as a board member of Transition Nelson and Nelson C.A.R.E.S. focusing on environmental, social and housing issues. Michael’s two daughters, two sons and a recent addition — a granddaughter — bring him much joy and motivation to help make our world a better place for future generations. Michael’s academic pursuits include university courses in Solution Focused Counselling, Transformative Justice, Peace Studies, and History. He believes learning and service to one’s community is a lifelong process and the secret to longevity and happiness.


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