By Krissi Spinoza
Mayor Graf’s long and distinguished political career began in 1971 when he was elected to Smithers Town Council where he served for the next 21 years, including two terms as Mayor. During those years, his expertise and leadership skills were utilized in the supervision of many important projects. Mayor Graf now lives in the Village of Telkwa, a vibrant community located in the Bulkley Valley at the confluence of the Telkwa and Bulkley Rivers and is honoured to have served two terms as Mayor of the Village.
A champion of all the residents of Telkwa, Mayor Graf recently supported Telkwa’s age-friendly work: completing an Age-friendly Assessment and receiving an Age-friendly Recognition Award from the province and BC Healthy Communities. The Mayor is committed to serving the seniors in Telkwa and makes sure he takes time to volunteer for “Meals on Wheels” and spending time with area seniors who cannot get around on their own.
In addition to his public service, Mayor Graf has devoted his time and experience to many other organizations including Smithers Flying Club, Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce, and Smithers Minor Hockey.
Mayor Graf’s hobbies include hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, golfing, square dancing, carpet bowling and reading. He has a keen interest in airplanes, especially war planes, and enjoys using the flight simulator on his computer.