My name is Debra Toporowski — Qwulti’stunaat.
I was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, with a First Nation and Chinese Heritage. My mother is Ethel Jack and my father is Howard Wong. I have three brothers and two sisters.
I am a caring person who knows how to listen to you and to your community issues and then will take action to pursue a better, fairer process for us all.
I will push forward at the table for the right balance of economic, environmental and social issues that we all care about. There are many critical issues, for example water, affordable housing, social issues and many other issues which are important to you and your family. I am excited to take on this challenge.
I have worked as a constituency assistant for 12 years alongside two MLAs. I believe the compassion and courage I have developed in my years of work on behalf of the people of the Cowichan Valley will allow me to serve you well.
I am a third term elected Cowichan Tribes councillor (2013-2017) sitting on various committees: appointed to the Cowichan Watershed Board, Cowichan Watershed Society, Cowichan Tribes Treaty, Health Advisory Committee, Cowichan Nation Alliance, Fishing Committee, Khowutzun Gaming Corp., Justice Committee and the Duncan-Chamber of Commerce. Past Committees: Island Corridor Foundation (Alternate), Quw’utsun Kw’atl’ Kwa (Ocean) Fisheries Board and Housing Committee.
I am also passionate about fighting for the protection of our local water, land and air but also understand the need for balance between our environment and a strong economy. We can truly have both; it does not have to be one or the other. I am an inclusive person who knows how to lead and will bring your voice to the table on social and economic issues.
I know what it takes to be a councillor. I have the experience for the job at hand and know I can represent the people of North Cowichan well. I am asking for your support.
facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Debra.for.North.Cowichan.Council/