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Mayor Gerry Thiessen

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Gerry Thiessen was born and raised in Vanderhoof, graduating from Nechako Valley Secondary School in 1971. After a short stint in the logging industry, he moved to Prince Rupert and began working in retail sales management. Gerry met his wife Lesley in 1973 and they have four children together. In 1988 two more sons (both two years old at the time) were welcomed to the family. In 1980 the family returned to make Vanderhoof their home. Most of the children and all twelve grandchildren still live close to the Vanderhoof family home.

In 1977 Gerry started selling real estate and except for a short period after 1980 this has been his occupation.

Gerry has always been very active in the community holding many leadership positions with sports groups, the 4-H Club, his Church, Rotary and the Cattlemen’s Association. In 1995 Gerry was president of the Cariboo Real Estate Association, in 1998 he was President of the BC Real Estate Association and in 2005 he was President of Canada’s largest single trade association, the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is also a founding director of the Washington D.C. based International Housing Coalition.

Gerry has a deep commitment to the future of Vanderhoof with the goal of seeing strong employment opportunities in Vanderhoof for generations to come.