Hilary Abbott is running to be the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s director for Cowichan Bay, Electoral Area D, in the municipal elections on Oct. 15.
Abbott and his wife Patty are the original owners of Hilary’s Cheese, that has operated out of Cowichan Bay village for 18 years.
“It has been a wonderful experience involving family and friends and new friends we made among the other business owners and residents of Cowichan Bay,” he said.
Abbott’s experience in retail and agricultural products in the Cowichan Valley led to him become a member of the Economic Development Commission, Island Farmers’ Alliance, Area D Planning Commission, 2016 official community plan, alternate director for Electoral Area D and a proud and early member of the Cowichan Bay CittaSlow designation; North America’s first.
Abbott is a 30-year member, director and former president of the Rotary Club of South Cowichan, a group that supports numerous worthwhile projects in the community.
“I have been involved in the community and regional district for many years and I felt that now I would like to contribute in a greater way by taking on the role of area director,” he said.
“And I know enough about the Cowichan Valley and our area in particular to be able to make a real difference in the challenges ahead. Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to meeting you on your doorstep or at events in our community. I want to learn what your priorities are for your family, your thoughts on our community and I want to give you an opportunity to ask me questions about my vision for Cowichan Bay.”
Contact Abbott with your questions at Hilarya4cowbay@gmail.com or 250-208-3247.