Occupation: Produce Manager, Town Councillor
Why are you running for public office?
Lake Cowichan is my home and I would like to continue to play a role in the decision making process that will enhance and make this beautiful Lake and River community vibrant and sustainable for all ages for generations to come.
What are your top 3 issues and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?
1. The ability to age in place. We need to work on services that allow our citizens to stay in Lake Cowichan from birth to death
2. Business Attraction and Development. We need to let the world know we are here and what we are looking for in the way of new services and businesses by working together as a community and developing and executing a marketing plan.
3. Accessibility to forest lands for leisure activities. There are at least a dozen responsible groups that would like to have access to private forest lands for various activities and events that would most definitely have a positive impact on our economy. We must continue to work with private forest landowners to explore ways to bring this about.
How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?
Taxes are always a balancing act. The services we “need” come first then the “wants,” and somewhere in there is the balance which is what the community can afford. An effective Council will always keep their collective ears to the public and always consider their perspective in decisions around taxes and spending.
What do you think it takes to lead Lake Cowichan?
To lead Lake Cowichan takes commitment, compassion and an open and patient mind that pays attention to all the needs of all the citizens and the environment. Sometimes you have to make the right decision even though it is not popular with a few.
Describe your leadership or co-working style.
I like to work as a team and be open to all thoughts and opinions. I voice a strong, thought-out opinion and in the end, am content with the consensus of a vote.
How many council meetings have you attended in the last six months?
Over the past six months, including committee meetings, I have attended approximately 36 meetings with Council.