Occupation: Retail sales
Why are you running for office?
I would like to see more dialogue and public consultation regarding town decisions. I always question local politics and I decided it is now time to learn the process.
What are your top 3 issues and how do you plan on tackling these issues, if elected?
1. Affordable family housing: development of condo, townhouse or perhaps a manufactured home park may allow more young families to be able to stay in our community.
2. Community non-profit groups and local fundraising groups need more support from the town office to allow them to raise funds. Reconsider bylaws that restrict and deter these groups form fundraising, as these groups are valuable assets to this community. They help our young people build self-esteem and also how to give back by volunteering.
3. Derelict commercial buildings-Continued pressure from town and bylaw enforcement to bring these unsightly buildings to a safe and appealing presence as they hinder new investment and development in our downtown business district.
How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?
New council must attract new development and light industry to this area to increase our tax base, so we do not continually go to already over-taxed residents and businesses. Town services such as aging sewer, water and sidewalk upgrades should be a priority over parks and any further beautification projects.
What do you think it takes to lead Lake Cowichan?
A leader must lead by example: such as supporting their business district and local contractors by shopping and employing locally whenever possible. Dialogue and communication with residents is another strong requirement of a good leader, and it must be done in a respectful manner.
Describe your leadership or co-working style.
My leadership style is to create dialogue and listen to ideas and concerns. I have an approachable personality, whether with youth, seniors, business owners or residents. As a two-time treasurer with the LCS Grad as well as the Ohtaki parent group, I believe I have shown an honest and trustworthy quality which I will bring to the council table.
How many council meetings have you attended in the past 6 months?
I have followed council meeting minutes on the town website and have 51 back issues of the Gazette that I refer back to.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
To my fellow candidates, thank you for the opportunity to run with amazing people who care so much for their community. I hope whether at the council table or not after the vote, that each and everyone of us will continue to work hard in our Town to keep it “a piece of paradise.”