Duncan – I have been researching local politicians in terms of their active commitment to building welcoming and inclusive communities where people, animals and plants experience safety, respect, belonging, and equality. Here are the candidates who have my vote:
North Cowichan council: Rob Douglas for his work in the cooperative movement, Kate Marsh for being such a good listener. Jenny Capps for her full time volunteering on behalf of children, youth and the environment since middle school. Jenny is a powerhouse. I knew she was a member of the Youth Safety Council and just found out she is the Duncan Youth Mayor! I will also be voting for Jon Lefebure in appreciation for his work forging an inclusive solution that has protected much of Echo Heights.
School board: Amy Matamba for her stellar work building communities through Mbira Spirit performances, music education and diversity education. Joe Thorne for building bridges between the two Cowichans, especially through his Little Ravens dance group and Pow Wow. Amrik Singh Prihar for his volunteer work on the board of the Cowichan Intercultural Society. Candace Spilsbury for her years of inclusive leadership in the school district.
If I could vote for CVRD candidates I would vote for Kerry Davis (Area A), Lori Ianndinardo (Area D) and Alison Nicholson (Area E). These three tireless community volunteers know that the Cowichan region is enriched by children, youths, students, farmers and others.