- Please tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to run in this election?
I’ve been a resident of Lake Cowichan for 22 years. I have worked with RCMP Victims Service for 5 years and was a trained facilitator for Restorative Justice for 4 years. I own and operate a business in Lake Cowichan for 4 years: "Deep-Fried Ice Cream". I’m running for election because as a businessperson I see the need to boost tourism during the off months. I have been a Director with the Chamber of Commerce for 3 years and on the board of Cowichan Lake Forestry Co-op. Both entities are deeply committed to bringing Lake Cowichan into the future with well-defined plans.
- Do you support the Drinking Water & Watersheds Protections Service bylaw referendum?
YES. We need good water and need to preserve it by any means possible. Water is life. .
- Do you support the Cowichan Housing Association Service Establishment bylaw?
I do not know enough at this point about the Cowichan Housing Association Service Establishment bylaw, but I do know that building housing is more financially responsible than the costs of keeping people on the street.
- How do you plan to work with other governments within the region, including local First Nations as well as provincial and federal governments?
Our area has been working closely with local First Nations and we have had great results from that. We must work with provincial and federal governments, they are part of us, as we are part of them.
One Cowichan supporters have expressed concerns about climate change, especially local impacts on our water resources. What local climate change mitigation and/or adaptation strategies would you support if elected?
I would support a plan to manage climate change strategies if they were fully presented and made sense.
- How do you propose managing growth sustainably in the Cowichan Region (e.g. transportation, environmental/agricultural protection, land-use, housing, cost of living)?
As we grow economically, we would have to adapt and bring in new ideas.
- What do you consider the three most pressing issues facing local government and the one most important thing local government should do on each one?
I believe our most pressing issues are housing, economy and water sustainability.
- Our citizen surveys indicate a desire for more consultation and accountability between elected officials and their constituents. If elected, what would your approach be to those issues?
We have a lot of rumours and stories that circulate through town. This creates bad feelings amongst people. They want the truth. My approach would be open. I would have one morning a week at my shop for people to come in and discuss their problems. I would research the answer (if there was one available ) and get back to the person with an answer. Sometimes the answer is not the one they were looking for, but it would be the truth, and out in the open.