Mayor & Council Biographies

Meet your Mayor & Council

Tom Zeleznik, Mayor

Elected to the office of Mayor in October 2018. Tom served as two terms as a councillor from 2012 to 2018.

Previously as a councillor – served on these Committees of Council: Chamber of Commerce and Nakusp and Area Development Board.

Tom presently volunteers with the Nakusp Volunteer Fire Department, Road Rescue, Society for Nakusp Community Events, Nakusp and Area Community Forests, Nakusp and Area Youth Society, also previously he was a volunteer with minor hockey, baseball, and soccer, serving in various capacities such as coach, referee and board member.

Tom was born and raised in Nakusp and area and is a business owner in the private sector with 40 years experience in forestry sawmilling, farming and consulting.

Susan DeSandoli – Councillor

Elected to Council in her first attempt at political office, Susan has a long background in volunteer activities in the village.  She has been active on the Arts Council, the Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services Board, Halcyon Assisted Living Society, Hospital Foundation, Arrowtarian Senior Citizens Society, Community Futures, the Historical Society, Sufferfest, and the old Nakusp Music Festival among others. 

Susan and family have been residents of Nakusp for 20 years and residents of the Kootenays for most of their lives. She continues as the one woman accounting department at Saddle Mountain Dental Clinic.

Her education background includes a diploma from BCIT (BC Institute of Technology) in marketing & transportation and credits in Economics and Development online through Thompson Rivers University and the University of London. 

Among her prime interests are community development and affordable housing.  Susan is keen to work as part of a team to bring people together for the best possible solutions.

Joseph Hughes – Councillor

Nakusp has been a part of my story since I was a child. I have been involved in the community since grade school and asked to serve on council as it is the best way for me to give back to this community. My wife, three young children and I have called Nakusp home from the beginning.

I had the fortune of being elected and serving 2 terms on council in the past and chose not to run from 2014-2018 as my wife and I traveled with our kids in South and Central America for a year.

We are a very active family frequenting our hidden spots in the summer and ski hills in the winter. I enjoy wood working and sculpting. We dabble in farming as well. We have raised cows, pigs, chickens, horses and even tried a sheep as a lawn mower for a little while. I’d love to say I am a successful gardener but I’ll stick to the fence maintenance.

Professionally I apply my business diploma and Red Seal Carpentry certification to my contract construction company which I started in 2012. I also create woodworks out of a shop I built at home utilizing 3D CNC carving tech. I have assisted my father in HVAC over the last 20 years which has allowed me to work on much of the equipment involved in the Village service portfolio, including the arena and Hot Springs.

Representative governance is a passion of mine. I challenge myself to find solutions to challenges we face in the community and defining the wishes of our constituents. Most importantly I hope you feel welcome to contact me and add to the voices represented in council discussions.

Aidan McLaren-Caux – Councillor

Having spent nearly a decade living in Nakusp, Aidan has split his career between hospitality management, being a stay-at-home father of his twin girls, and running a small woodworking business. He has been active in the community, volunteering for various local groups, including: the Nakusp Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, the Nakusp Child Care Society, the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, the Nakusp & Area Development Board, the Nakusp & Area Community Trails Society, and Nakusp and Area Community Forest.

During his career in hospitality he received the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction.