(From L to R ): Councillor Anstett, Councillor Lambert, Councillor Clement, Councillor Davenport
(Front) Mayor Roden

Village Council

The Village of Ashcroft is governed by a Mayor and four Councillors.  Council is responsible for setting the course of direction for the community and making decisions which direct municipal staff for the delivery of Village services to the community. Council holds regular meetings through out the year.  Every Council Meeting has an agenda that is available for public inspection the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  As well, minutes detailing the topics of discussion and decisions made are available for public review.  Regular Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings are open to the public, the only exception to this is a closed, or "in camera" meeting, when required by the provisions found within Section 90 of the Community Charter.

Ashcroft's Mayor and Council were elected during the General Municipal Election on October 15, 2022; they are to serve a four-year term.  The newly elected Council swore their Oaths of Office at the Inaugural Council Meeting that took place on November 1, 2022.  Below is a brief biography of our Council members.

Mayor - Barbara Roden

Mayor Roden was born in the Lower Mainland of BC and lived in Ottawa and Great Britain before moving to Ashcroft in 1997.  She studied journalism and is currently the editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal where she was bestowed the Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting in 2018. She previously served one term as Councillor, elected as Mayor 2018, and re-elected as Mayor 2022. Mayor Roden is Chair of the TNRD Board of Directors and served one term on the board of the Southern Interior Local Government Association.  Mayor Roden is a long-time volunteer within the community including serving on the Board of the Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society. She enjoys acting and directing in addition to her role on the Board.  She is also an accomplished author and editor of supernatural fiction, and is a two-time World Fantasy Award-winner and four-time nominee.

Contact Mayor Roden: mayor@ashcroftbc.ca



Councillor - Jessica Clement

Councillor Clement has had the pleasure of calling Ashcroft home since 2008.  Since her arrival, she has been part of a number of local non-profit groups, including the Ashcroft Fall Fair, where she served as President for 6 years, Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society, where she served as President on and off since 2008, Ashcroft & Area Community Resources Society, where she serves as Vice-President and the Thompson-Nicola Shotokan Karate Club, where she serves as President of the Executive.

The largest amount of her volunteer time is spent behind the scenes as the Stage Manager of the theatrical productions put on by Winding Rivers each year.  Councillor Clement has also volunteered at the Ashcroft HUB since 2018 and took over as the Executive Director in January of 2022.

Being on Council allows Councillor Clement to serve her community in a new and different capacity, and she looks forward to being part of this team over the next four years

Contact Councillor Clement: jclement@ashcroftbc.ca

Councillor - Jonah Anstett

Born and raised in Ashcroft, Councillor Anstett continues to call this quaint little village home. As a consummate volunteer one of Councillor Ansett’s greatest achievements was serving the community as a volunteer fire fighter for 21 years, most recently as the Deputy Fire Chief.

In keeping with his community service, this is Councilor Ansett’s second term on Council, having been previously elected in 2018. During his first term, Councillor Anstett advocated amending the Burning Bylaw to allow backyard campfires noting “its good to see people responsibly enjoying campfires particularly after a long pandemic”.

Councilor Anstett looks forward to his second term and working with the Council, staff and volunteers in the community as well as continuing to build a network of other government officials and community leaders. Councillor Anstett states “he is committed to lobbying for the needs and dreams of the community to collectively enhance this beautiful town we call home.”

Contact Councillor Anstett: janstett@ashcroftbc.ca

Councillor - Nadine Davenport

Nadine Davenport moved to Ashcroft from the lower mainland, 14 years ago. Councillor Davenport owns and operates UniTea Cafe & Lounge on Railway Ave in downtown Ashcroft for 9 years. Prior to opening her own business as an entrepreneur, Councillor Davenport was the Supervisor at the Ashcroft Pool for 5 years. Councillor Davenport has many talents, she is a singer, songwriter and entertainer and was one of founding members of Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society.
Before moving to Ashcroft, Councillor Davenport attended Capilano University where she took Arts and Entertainment Management courses and later worked for Tourism Vancouver.
This is Councillor Davenport's second term on Council and she looks forward to the next 4 years by contributing in positive ways to celebrate and uplift Ashcroft's Arts and Recreation Sector and to further Ashcroft's Economic Growth & Tourism.

Contact Councillor Davenport: ndavenport@ashcroftbc.ca

Councillor - Doreen Lambert

Councillor Lamberts first experienced Ashcroft as a teenager in the late 1960’s when she came to visit her brother for a weekend and stayed for the summer. Falling in love with the community, its unique landscape and friendly atmosphere, regrettably Councillor Lambert couldn’t reside in Ashcroft continuously but returned to Ashcroft as her journey through life permitted. Councilor Lambert is proud that her daughters were born in Ashcroft the community she considers her home.

When asked why she ran for Council, Councillor Lambert indicated her passion for the democratic process, wanting to give residents an opportunity to vote. This is Councilor Lamberts third election, previously elected in a bi-election and then elected for a second term in 2015. Councilor Lambert was unable to run in the 2018 election due to family responsibilities. As her life’s journey evolves, she is excited to be returning to the Council table where she is able to advocate for positive change, growth and continue to move Ashcroft forward into a village that boasts a vibrant inclusive quality of life for all resident and a thriving businesses community.

Contact Councillor Lambert: dlambert@ashcroftbc.ca