Dayleen Van Ryswyk will attempt to defeat incumbent Kelowna-Mission Liberal MLA Steve Thomson in the provincial election May 14.
Van Ryswyk was officially named the riding’s candidate during a nomination meeting Sunday night.
The founder and president of Okanagan Koi told those in attendance that her involvement in small business mixes well with being an NDP candidate.
“Why can’t I be free enterprise and care about people at the same time? I strongly believe you can be both, that an NDP government under Adrian Dix will be both,” she said to the crowd at Sunday’s nomination meeting.
“We will be business friendly while we protect people’s rights, honour collective agreements, embrace our ethnic diversity, be inclusive and protect the environment.”
Van Ryswyk is a mother of two teenage boys; she was a Kelowna city council candidate in 2011.
She joins Westside-Kelowna nominee Carole Gordon and Kelowna-Lake Country nominee Mike Nuyens as one of the Okanagan’s three NDP candidates.