Collaboration is key for Maguire

Maeve Maguire is a different kind of candidate for North Cowichan council.

She’s a young parent. "Politics is the essence of our community, though and I find it fascinating," she said.

"I love politics. I’m so intrigued with the process, the way people communicate. When someone has to be brave and talk to council, those are intense moments. And then you’ve got the big ticket items like Echo Heights, Stoney Hill, University Village and Somenos Marsh where everybody gathers," she said. "I’m aware of some of the issues, like Chemainus’s water situation are pretty critical."

Maguire has no special axe to grind with the current council.

"I’m pretty impressed over these last three years with what these guys have finished. I would hope to find resolution in future using some of the processes they used towards the end of their term, like consulting more with citizens," she said.

"They brought in a communications plan and have started to apply it. Now things are becoming more collaborative. That’s how to get to resolution in a shorter amount of time."

Maguire said she’s in favour of responsible development but wants to ensure the official community plan is followed.

She said she has received encouragement from some of this year’s council.