James H. Stuart
Born and raised in Kelowna, James (Jim) Stuart has dedicated more than 31 years of his life to help make the community a better place.
First elected to public office in 1967, Jim served on the Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan for 29 years including 15 years as Chairman. In 1973 Jim embarked on a 23-year career in municipal politics when elected to the City of Kelowna Council. In 1986 Jim successfully ran for Mayor, a position he held until 1996.
Renowned for his stringent financial management and willingness to listen to all concerned citizens, Jim successfully nurtured the growth of Kelowna from a small town of the 1970’s to a vibrant and dynamic city of the 1990’s. Dedicated to Kelowna’s economic, social and environment well-being, Jim created a strong foundation for today’s growth and prosperity.
Jim also served on the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital Board for 29 years and the Kelowna General Hospital Board for 11 years.
While Jim was extensively involved in local affairs, he also played a significant role provincially. He was an executive member of the Municipal Finance Authority for 17 years, of which 12 were as chairman. He was also appointed to the B.C. Transit Authority for five years and served a one-year appointment to the Financial Institutions Commission.
As an active member of the tree fruit industry, Jim was a director of the Fruit Growers Mutual Insurance Company and served on the Board of Directors of B.C. Tree Fruits and Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
In recognition of Jim’s dedication to the community, the City of Kelowna named a new waterfront park in his honour in 1996. Stuart Park includes an outdoor ice rink and is designed to create a focal point for the City’s civic and Cultural District and provide environmental and fisheries benefits for the 300 metres of downtown waterfront.
Jim is married with three children.