QUESNEL CITY COUNCIL>Ron Paull
Born in the south of England, Ron arrived in Victoria with his family at the tender age of five. The family moved to the outskirts of Fort St. John to develop a grain and cattle outfit that continues to operate. After high school, Ron hitched up for a tour of duty with the Royal Canadian Air Force, followed by a three-year stint in sales with the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.
Ron was appointed Assistant Clerk for the then Town of Quesnel early in 1973. He worked his way up through the ranks to City Clerk, and then to the Economic Development portfolio in 1991, which later became redundant due to lack of programming funds. After 24 years as a city hall staffer, he launched his home-based business, Ron Paull Communications. He published his first Official Quesnel Visitors' Guide in 1996, and his business has continued to flourish, with the addition of the Official Barkerville/Wells Visitors’ Guide in 2014.
Ron has always been passionate for his community. Upon arriving in Quesnel in 1970, he soon became involved in helping out with Quesnel Winter Frolics; a late-winter festival that he says should be revived. In 1973 he was a founding member and then an eight year president of Quesnel's Billy Barker Days Society. In 1983, while serving as president of BC Festivals Association, then Minister of Tourism Grace McCarthy appointed Ron to the Expo 86 World’s Fair Tourism Advisory Board. In conjunction with Expo 86, Ron coordinated a very successful tourism marketing initiative (The Great Cariboo Gold Rush of ‘86) for the entire Cariboo-Chilcotin region. Ron has volunteered on the boards of Northern BC and BC Winter Games hosted by the Gold Pan City in 1982, 1993 and 2000, as well as serving on the board of the Quesnel Palliative Care Association. Ron co-chaired the advisory committee overseeing development of Quesnel's hospice. He also voluntarily managed the Quesnel Legion's annual Home, Garden and Outdoor Show, and is a past publicity director for the Quesnel Legion. Ron has actively volunteered with the Johnston neighbourhood Association since its inception. Ron is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Quesnel and oversees an annual day-trip to Barkerville for area seniors. He was presented with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service to the community by Quesnel’s Volunteer Citizens of the Year.
Ron was first elected to Quesnel City Council in November 2002, and commenced his fourth term in December of 2014. His appointments include the Quesnel Museum and Heritage Commission, and the Quesnel Volunteer Citizen of the Year Committee. Ron is a past member of the task force responsible for setting up the successful Barkerville Heritage Trust. It is because of Ron’s past and continuing interest in Barkerville and the Gold Rush Trail that he accepted a nomination to become a board member of the New Pathways to Gold Society, a group that promotes and facilitates heritage tourism through First Nations reconciliation along the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail.
When Ron is not busy with Council business, his publishing business, or volunteering for this or that, he enjoys an exciting range of outdoor activities including snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting, fresh and salt-water fishing, camping, gardening, photography and writing. Ron is well traveled, with memorable trips to Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South America and visiting Quesnel's sister city of Shiraoi, Japan four times... where he and wife Pat Morton married in 1991 in Japanese tradition in a Shinto temple.
Pat is retired as the long-time owner of the H&R Block income tax franchise in Quesnel, and now helps son Kevin with his own independent tax service, QTAX Quality Tax Services. Ron and Pat make their home in Johnston neighbourhood with their little white dogs Sassy and Moxie, Kitty the cat, and the occasional Rotary exchange student. Ron visits his Dad at Dunrovin Park Lodge twice a day, every day. Ron and Pat's three grown children and the lights of their lives, their five grandkids, all lives in Quesnel and keep them young at heart.