Mr. Jim Ogilvie has dedicated most of his life to community service in the Kimberley area.
First elected to public office in 1965, Mr. Ogilvie was one of Kimberley’s original Aldermen, a position he held until his 1972 election as Mayor. With a break of only three years, he continued in that position, serving 36 years as Mayor.
During this period, Kimberley grew and changed, becoming a tourism and lifestyle centre. In 1986, the City took responsibility for Kimberley Ski Resort and later developed the outstanding Trickle Creek Golf Resort. The City later sold the resorts and other development properties, which led to abundant new development in the city.
Kimberley flourished under Mr. Ogilvie’s guidance, with innovative municipal developments such as Bootleg Gap Golf Course, the Rails to Trails project and Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre. He has made contributions at the regional and provincial level, serving in leadership positions on the Regional District Board, the executive of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and numerous task forces, commissions, boards and committees.
Mr. Ogilvie has been instrumental in guiding Kimberley toward economic independence and continued prosperity, with a sought-after lifestyle, rich with recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery and a healthy, safe environment. Mr. Ogilvie has influenced the lives – in a positive way – of everyone lucky enough to call Kimberley home.