Sierra Acton, Shawnigan Lake’s director at the Cowichan Valley Regional District, is running for re-election in the municipal elections on Oct. 15.
She said that it was her goal eight years ago to get more involved in her community and she began volunteering at the local school, attended community meetings and even started a basketball clinic.
“Before I knew it, I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone to stand beside the rest of my community in protest of the contaminated soil dump,” she said.
“Suddenly, I was organizing rallies, gathering signatures and doing whatever was needed to help our community out of that high-risk situation.”
Acton said all kinds of circumstances led up to her running in the byelection in 2017 to replace Sonia Furstenau as the director for Electoral Area B, and then again in 2018 for re-election.
“Shawnigan Lake, I have been your area director for 5.5 years,” she said.
“The CVRD is a large and complex organization and the learning curve is a big one. Sure I’ve made mistakes, but there has also been a lot of wins.”
Acton said the Shawnigan Lake community can’t afford to have someone learn it all again when it has so many critical things happening all at once; including major development pressures, extreme weather events, economic uncertainty and the threat of losing the “Shawnigan in Shawnigan.”
“My core value continues to be our community and representing the whole community, even when the decisions are hard and it takes courage to do so,” she said.
“With all this in mind, I have decided to to run for re-election this fall. So I just wanted you all to know Shawnigan Lake that I’ve got your back.”