Trained mediator joins Greens to run for office in Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Lia Versaevel wants to see Vancouver Island painted green after the next provincial election in May.

Lia Versaevel wants to see Vancouver Island painted green after the next provincial election in May.

Versaevel, who has an extensive resume in community activities and occupations, has thrown her hat in the ring as the candidate for the Green Party in the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding.

It’s her first run at politics, but she feels she and her party have a lot to offer in the riding.

“I think that after 40 years of working for the community in a number of capacities, I have the energy, reliability and the determination to effectively represent the people of Nanaimo-North Cowichan,” Versaevel said.

“I’m involved in the community and listen to the people. Many in the riding are tired of professional politicians who just sit in their offices in Victoria, and are looking for someone they can relate and talk to, and I believe that I’m that person.”

After 27 years with the Attorney General’s office as a correctional officer, peace officer, probation officer and family justice counsellor, Versaevel moved to Nevada in 2004 to continue to work in family mediation and later as a teacher and in security work.

She returned to Vancouver Island in 2013.

As the owner of the business “Accord”, Versaevel continues to offer her professional experience in conflict resolution, while serving as president of Family Mediation Canada.

Versaevel completed two degrees at the University of Victoria and then an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University in 2007.

She is currently a member of the St. Michael’s and All Angels parish in Chemainus, a board member of the Chemainus Residents’ Association, vice president of Ladysmith’s Lions Club, a board member of the UVIC Alumni Association, a member of the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association and of the BC Wildlife Federation.

As to why she has chosen to run for the Green Party, Versaevel said the believes in the party’s system of values and its stand on social justice.

“I’m concerned that issues around affordable housing, people with disabilities, seniors and children have fallen to the bottom of the political agenda, and the Green Party is the best party to deal with them,” she said.

“Our leader [Andrew Weaver] has also put a bold stamp on the party by not accepting corporate donations or union money to run the organization and that’s something I firmly believe in. I think that this riding and all of Vancouver Island can be the greenest place on earth.”

Just Posted

Caps get back in win column

Cowichan remains unbeaten at home with 5-2 win over Surrey

Candidate corner: Cowichan-Malahat-Langford hopefuls talk environment and climate change

This is part one of a four-part series outlining candidates’ thoughts on key topics

Pumps at Cowichan Lake shut down

Recent rain raised water levels

Cowichan United opens season with draw

Good start to season for Div. 2 women’s soccer team

Review: ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ offers audiences a choice, and a lot to chew on

George Bernard Shaw 19th century morality play still rings true in 2019

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read