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Mayor & Council Biographies

Meet your Mayor & Council

Tom Zeleznik, Mayor

  • Acclaimed Mayor 2022
  • Elected Mayor 2018
  • Acclaimed Councillor 2014
  • First elected to Council 2011

Committee Activities include:

  • Alternate Director Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK)
  • Director RDCK Joint Resource Recovery Committee
  • Director RDCK West Resource Recovery Committee
  • Rural Affairs Committee (RAC) Meetings
  • CBT Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Program Committee
  • Alternate village council representative of NACFOR
  • Board member of the Nakusp & Area Youth Society
  • Alternate village council representative to the Nakusp Senior Association BR71:
  • Alternate village council representative West Boundary Regional Health District
  • Alternate Village council representative Nakusp & Area Development Board

Presently Tom volunteers with the Nakusp Volunteer Fire Department, Road Rescue, Search & Rescue, and President of the Society for Nakusp Community Events. Previously a volunteer with minor hockey, baseball, and soccer, serving in various capacities such as coach, referee, and board member while raising his four children in these sports, along with many other activities.

Tom was born and raised in Nakusp on a small farm that he, his wife and family still reside.  He has been operating as a business owner/supervisor since 1992 in the private sector, along with 50 years’ experience in forestry, sawmilling, farming, construction, and consulting.

His focus is to bring new ideas to the community and to find effective ways of creating a more economically resilient community. One way is to focus on our assets and strengths, emphasizing what the community does have that will continually improve our community’s life and sustainability.

Aidan McLaren-Caux – Councillor

Aidan has lived in Nakusp since 2010, after having grown up mainly in Ottawa, Ontario and having lived in several provinces throughout his youth.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hiking, paddling, backcountry camping, hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing, and travelling throughout the province and country. There have been a few different chapters in Aidan’s professional career, including 15 years in hospitality management with a designation as a certified sommelier with distinction, owning a small fine woodworking business, licensed property management, and economic development and consulting work with local non-profits.

He is raising his twin daughters in Nakusp, currently in the fifth grade, and could not think of a better place to do it.  Aidan has been active in several aspects of village life during his time in Nakusp, including chairing the Nakusp Child Care Society for three years; chairing the Nakusp and Area Community Trails Society; being a director for both the Nakusp and Area Development Board and the Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce; five years on the Parent Advisory Council for the Nakusp Elementary School; four years as secretary on the board of directors for the Nakusp and Area Community Forest as well as liaison to village council and three years chairing the board meetings and several committees; two years as the chair of the Investment Ready Nakusp Committee; a director on the board of the Summit Lake Ski & Snowboard Area; the founding president of the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op; and, the president of and a certified coach for the Summit Lake Racers Nancy Greene ski program. 

In his free time, Aidan enjoys running with his dog, Thuya, a rescue German Shepherd/Husky cross, tending to his brood of urban chickens, building furniture and carving canoe paddles, learning other languages (French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese so far), practicing and performing guitar and vocals, and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Politics and governance have always been a passion of his, growing up around and even working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa as a young man.  This is Aidan’s second term on Nakusp Village Council, and he is excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for this community and how he can continue to have a positive impact on the lives of the residents of Nakusp.

Mason Hough – Councillor

Dolly [Dawn] Edwards – Councillor

Tina Knooihuizen – Councillor

Tina Knooihuizen (Ken – OY – Zen) Elected to office November of 2022, this is my first term as Councilor. I, along with my husband Terry and two of our four children, moved to Nakusp in November 2021. Our two adult children remain in Lake Country where we previously resided.  I have a long history in volunteerism for community based and non-profit organizations. In the short time I have resided in Nakusp, I have taken an active role in the Village as President of the Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce and presently also volunteer on the Nakusp and Area Development Board and the Society for Nakusp Community Events.

Outside the Village office, I am a professional artist and photographer and have career experience in interior design, event planning and teaching fine art education to students of all ages and ability levels.