Why are you running for public office?
I am running for public office because I intend on making a difference in the growth of Lake Cowichan. I am the person who takes an idea and brings it all the way to successful completion. I don’t like the current way business is run in this town and I am putting my foot forward to say “NO” to bad town administration policy by having a vote in council.
What are your top 3 issues and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?
To me, the top three priorities in Lake Cowichan are:
1. Improve local business conditions through initiatives that are progressive. Ie. Create special events that bring in tourists ( fall – winter – spring). We only operate at high volume during the summer when we have high tourist numbers. We need to enlarge our time frame and create exciting venues that will attract outside people here for a visit.
2. Address the issues that the children are having. Yes we do have children here, but they are not allowed to speak or be listened to by adults. The children do have a lot to say, like “ am I ever going to be able to graduate high school?”, “if you can’t give us a textbook to complete our studies, could you at least photocopy a few important pages. ?” Our children, on the whole are not given the respect or rights that they deserve. Parents are fighting for these rights, but often meet with dead end. As a town, we can do better for our kids.
3. Seniors are a very important issue to me. As a former home care worker, I was astounded when I saw the lack of care homebound seniors received. Many seniors are not well treated by agency workers. There is no place to complain to except agency of workers and it always gets swept away. This behaviour is not right and it should be looked into and rectified.
All of these issues are important, but we need to “listen”. We need to be more connected, so people don’t feel there is nowhere to go or others to work with.
How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?
Taxes and spending needs to more open forum and tax payers deserve to be heard on these issues. We, the public, pay the bills, so we should be able to decide the priorities of where our tax dollars are spent. Open the books on the finance .
What do you think it takes to lead Lake Cowichan?
To be a leader, you need to listen, be open minded and take a genuine interest. Try to learn from others. You must be ready to move forward, implement changes and be open to suggestions and criticisms.
Describe your leadership or co-working style.
My leadership style is to be co-operative, honest and sensible. I like to get to know people and their issues, get like minded people together, and they can come up with solutions.
How many council meetings have you attended in the last six months?
I have never attended a council meeting. I work at nights to pay the taxes that other people receive to do their JOB on council.