Lia Versaevel says her experience in many areas will be important factors that translate well into duties as Area G director for Saltair/Gulf Islands. (Photo submitted)

Versaevel feels her abundant experience will be beneficial in election bid

Candidate for CVRD Area G director identifies community building as paramount in the campaign

Lia Versaevel says a solid group of people representing several groups asked her to run for the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Area G (Saltair/Gulf Islands) director.

“This was based on their knowing my strengths, as an advocate, a calm and sensible person with a background in research and analysis, that can truly take Area G into the future in a cohesive community wide sense,” she noted.

Our voices from the Gulf Islands, particularly Penelakut and Thetis, but also Ruxton, Reid and Valdez, must be heard at the CVRD.”

Lynne Smith and Sean Jonas are also running for the position, creating a three-person race. There will be an all-candidates meeting at the Saltair Community Centre on Oct. 4.

Versaevel indicated she’s encouraged members of the community came to her to ask for her expertise in governance and research, community building and conflict resolution.

“This campaign is about community building, in my view,” Versaevel assessed. “I’m standing for office with the clear intention of bringing people together, with a strong voice. The people who asked me to run have a vision. They’re excited about the potential of a great community centre in Saltair, hopeful that First Nations voices will be heard at the CVRD, and passionate about protecting the incredible jewel that our seaside communities is now, into the long range future. They want action, knowledge, bold representation. Their values are paramount and their voices must be heard at the CVRD. People are looking for a fresh, bold approach. I will be that voice.”

Versaevel noted in her mediation practice she embraced empowerment “and it is this skill, bringing out the best in everyone, that will take Area G forward, past the drama of old grievances that have plagued residents for too long.”

Trust must be established in a representative, she added, and accessibility is paramount.

“I have and will continue to engage with this community, and recognize that what matters on Penelakut or Thetis may not always be the same as what matters in Saltair,” Versaevel pointed out.

“I embrace justice and fairness. I am extremely happy to have such a strong base of support throughout Area G, and look forward to working hard for the next term with all of the voters and representatives on the CVRD as well as the dedicated staff.

“Area G is home to one of the most immense watersheds in the CVRD, reaching up into the heart of Vancouver Island, across Stocking Lake and the surrounding Insular Mountains. We hold a Provincial License to this resource. Referendum question (4202) about drinking water and watershed protection will be put to us in this civic election.”

Versaevel noted during this election residents will also be asked to vote on the question of new taxation to support the Cowichan Housing Association in preventing homelessness, supporting those in fragile economic circumstances and educating people about housing. Several events will happen through September and October to garner more information regarding the financial implications of this question, she pointed out.

“We cannot proceed with 20th Century thinking, and expect different results. We need to practice futuristic thinking. Our droughts are longer, our air quality is at risk and more species are in danger of extinction. We have ships stacking up in our Stuart and Trincomali Channels, developments encroaching all around us and we need to stand up for the planet, as well as for ourselves.”

Versaevel stressed she’s a member and strong supporter of the Saltair Community Centre as well as the Thetis Island Community Association and Forbes Hall.

“As your director, I will work with everyone in all the Area G communities to take us forward as a unified force,” she explained. “I will work with all levels of governance to ensure that our fragile coast and our abundant waters remain usable for many generations to follow.”

Just Posted

Second annual Shawnigan Lake clean up day set for April 28

“Collective efforts DO make a difference!”

VIDEO: ‘A Night of Bowie’ brings the spirit of an iconic performer to Cowichan

Rock to funk, dance to ballad: Bowie’s music has it all

Lots of family fun as Mill Bay Centre holds its annual Easter Egg hunt at Brentwood College

A sunny morning, lots of chocolate eggs, and time with the family: winning combo at Mill Bay

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Coming up in Cowichan: Easter Eggspress; knitting workshops

Hop aboard the Easter Eggspress at the BCFDC The Easter Eggspress is… Continue reading

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Most Read