Michele Rule was born October 11th, 1966, to parents Arina (Rini) Imthorn and Larry Runnalls. Her mother was remarried in 1974 to Marinus (Rene) Elyzen. She has one brother, three step-brothers, one step-sister and two half-sisters. She attended Glenmore Elementary School, Dr. Knox Junior High and Kelowna Secondary School, graduating in 1984. Michele attended Okanagan College for two years and then received a B.A. in Arts (Canadian Literature and Canadian History) from the University of Victoria in 1990.
Michele spent two years abroad in the late 1980s, one year in Germany and Holland and another in Japan. She is a single mom with two boys, Justin aged 18 and Thomas aged 11.
Michele spent six years serving as city councillor for the City of Kelowna. Michele was honoured to sit on 12 council committees as well as serving as a regional district director and library trustee for the past three years.
Michele first became interested in local politics in the early 1990s. Returning to Kelowna from Victoria, she saw the growth that was occurring and realized that city council's decisions were key to shaping that growth in a way that would create a vibrant economy but maintain and enhance the quality of life that made Kelowna such a desirable place to live.
When Michele's terms ended in 2011, she began consulting in areas of local government interest including planning, public consultation and council/district presentations. Her firm, Rule's Consulting, is located in beautiful Kelowna, B.C. but she is available to work across the province.
Currently Michele is working full time for Okanagan Regional Library as Communications Manager. She enjoys the challenge of managing all aspects of communications for the 29 branches spread over a geographic area the size of Ireland!