October 20, 2018: Toni Boot is elected as Mayor of Summerland; the first Black Mayor in British Columbia and Sharmarke Dubow is elected as Victoria City Councillor

TONI BOOT served as a Summerland Councillor for 4 years prior to her election as Mayor. She is a founder, owner, and operator of Oasis Lavenders Cooperative in Summerland, a communications specialist and has been active in the community for many years serving on various boards including Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen board, Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital Board and Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C. and is a volunteer within the community. Summerland is a town on the west side of Okanagan Lake in the interior of British Columbia.

SHARMARKE DUBOW is a Somali Canadian politician and human rights advocate. He cast his first vote ever in an election in Canada on October 20, 2018 AND in that same municipal election, he was elected a City Councillor in Victoria, BC.  Meet Sharmarke