Lake Cowichan: Gamble, Ted–Councillor Candidate

Lake Cowichan: Gamble, Ted–Councillor Candidate answers questions about his candidacy.

  • Oct. 29, 2014 5:00 p.m.

Lake Cowichan: Gamble

Occupation: I am Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) working for the Home and Community Care unit in Duncan.

Why are you running for public office?

I have lived in Cowichan Lake for 6 years and love both the environment and the people. Since spearheading the group who successfully implemented the “opt into” for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, I became committed to help my community grow in a sustainable manner. I feel we need an infusion of new blood into council – so we can have the historic perspective and a fresh look at our problems working together.

What are your top 3 issues and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?

1. Improvement to our local economy. I believe Lake Cowichan needs to attract small and medium sized, environmentally friendly businesses and to ensure that businesses have every opportunity to succeed.

2. Health care. Increasing the economy includes supporting the health needs of our senior citizens by building on the existing structures and services. As a member of council I would work to include special construction for independent living, assisted living, and long term care facilities.

3. I will be happy when  #1 and #2 are successfully completed.

How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?

We have to invest in our communities in a financially responsible manner. As with owning a house, there is a balance between wanted expenditures and economic reality. Small towns across the country have the same problems so there are many opportunities to see different models. Any town that does not have a strong business and industrial base suffers from perceived high taxes in comparison to the services. By making this an area for ecologically sound businesses we can get the tax base we need without penalizing the citizens.

What do you think it takes to lead Lake Cowichan?

It takes courage and an open mind to make to the difficult decisions that are associated with running municipalities. I believe that I have what it takes to work towards a consensus rather than voting based on my personal bias.

Describe your leadership or co-working style.

Transparent: I believe that being open to the concerns of constituents and addressing their real needs rather than my perception of their needs is what is necessary. As a member of council It would be my responsibility to interact with my constituents in a fashion that is inclusive with communication being a two way street whereby I both explain what is happening at council level and solicit input from citizens on matters which are under discussion. The bottom line is that the council works for the citizens and we need to report to them as well as listen to their concerns.

How many council meetings have you attended in the last six months?

I have attended several council meetings during the Aquatic Centre debate. This experience has given me a personal understanding of the challenges petitioners face when approaching the council.

 

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