It’s time to #MeetWilden! Meet Wilden’s new Planning & Development Manager, Cameron Dodd.
1. How and when did you first get involved with Wilden and what is your role?
I’m new to the Wilden team and area, having recently started working here as the Planning & Development Manager in June 2016. My wife and I have had our eyes on Wilden as a desirable place to live for some time. I was fortunate to land my new job here and it was a no-brainer to move into the community.
2. What are some of your favourite things about working with Wilden?
Wilden offers me work-life balance. Being able to work, live, and play in one area is a unique opportunity that I don’t take for granted. My daily commute to work has decreased from what used to be over one hour each direction in Vancouver to about four minutes here!
I have a fairly diverse working background, with focus on construction project management consulting. My work at Wilden allows me to combine technical and creative aspects with foresight for future development while upholding the special natural setting.
3. What is your secret super power?
I can teleport (or sometimes wish I could). I’m currently traveling back and forth on the weekends to/from Vancouver-Kelowna while our home is being finished here. It’s a beautiful drive though, so I don’t really mind.
4. What are some of your favourite ways to relax and play in the Okanagan?
Anything outdoors. Taking advantage of the full four seasons and the many activities that are available in and around the area year-round.
5. If you were to build your dream house in Wilden, what are some must-haves you would include?
Lots of natural light, great outdoor space, and ample storage for all of our gear.
6. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I’m a terrible golfer. I’ve moved to what is undoubtedly one of the biggest golf meccas in Canada and I can’t swing a club for the life of me. It’s on my “Okanagan to-do list” to take some lessons and improve my game so I can appreciate the world class facilities here.
7. What is Kelowna’s best kept secret?
I’m sure it’s no secret to those who live here, but I was excited to see that there’s a new MEC in town.
8. What is your favourite locally made product?
The famous Okanagan champagne powder snow!
9. If you could give $1M to charity, which one would you choose?
The Canadian Cancer Society or BC Cancer Agency. Cancer has had a big impact on my life in varying capacities and I would like to see more funding directed to finding a cure.
10. If you weren’t living in the beautiful Okanagan, where else would you live?
My wife and I have always enjoyed spending time in the mountain town of Nelson in the Kootenays. That, or halfway around the world in Batemans Bay, Australia – I have family there and love the beach lifestyle.