The reason that I am interested in municipal politics is because I care about the area that I live in.
In making the decision to become involved in local politics and to contribute to our community, Area E was the only choice for me. It is where I grew up and worked for the majority of my life.
As of yet, a fair amount of my work experience has been in business, beginning with a term at Camosun College in Business and Administration which led me to the opportunity to run a painting franchise. During that period I learned important financial and business management skills.
I have also worked on several municipal campaigns and have closely observed the civic decision making process. Municipal politics have been an influential part of my upbringing. My father is currently running for his second term as Duncan City councillor and my grandmother was mayor of Courtenay for two terms and remains a city councillor to this day.
I can bring passion and dedication as the director of Area E.
I believe in…
I believe that small local businesses are the key to a sustainable local economy, and that it is vital to encourage them in business and in environmental sustainability.
I believe in using social media within our community so that each and every citizen of Area E may have the opportunity to contact me directly about any issue big or small, in order to create a more interactive and accountable decision making process. (As well as the more traditional open door policy where I will be available to you at all times.)
I believe that we should spend money on services that we need. It is the responsibility of the municipal government to spend money on essential services as well as services that benefit the entire community, BUT we need to realize that our expenditures do reflect our taxation in the long term. We should not support a top-heavy government and unnecessary spending. We should only take what we need and leave the rest for you and your family.
I believe that agriculture is very important to our community. Supporting local business and farming is the way to protect the rural and sustainable aspects of our community. Therefore, development should only be done in such a way that it contributes to the local economy and does not affect the rural feel. Glenora, Cowichan Station, and Sahtlam are already amazing places and I would like to fight to protect what we already have while guiding our beautiful homes into a future in which we can flourish.
I can bring renewed passion to Area E. I can bring a new perspective. I am the candidate to bring this area into the future.