Will Hansma first entered politics in 1996 when he ran for council in the Township of Spallumcheen. Ms. Hansma then became Mayor of Spallumcheen in 1997 and is currently in his third term. He is also a director on the North Okanagan Regional District and is the Chair of the Regional Services Committee.
Mr. Hansma is involved in other areas of local government and currently serves as the Chair of the North Okanagan – Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District and Vice-Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
One of Mr. Hansma’s strong attributes is his ability to create positive relationships with other levels of government. The results have been the ability to secure infrastructure projects for his area of the province. Examples are the upgrades to Highway 97 from Vernon to Enderby for a total expenditure of more than $50 million. He was also instrumental in securing funding for the new ice arena in the Armstrong / Spallumcheen area.
As the Chair of the North Okanagan – Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District, he has been able to successfully encourage funding for projects which have resulted in upgrades to the local hospitals.
Mr. Hansma and his wife Wilma have raised four children in Spallumcheen on a small farm and have been involved in agriculture all of their lives. He has been a Journeyman Pressman for 26 years and works for Source Graphics in Kelowna, British Columbia.