I am invested in this Valley and love this City. I have lived here long enough to see this city grow form a virtual ghost town into a vibrant community - to see racism shifting its views and organic and green become mainstream.
Much of sitting on a council is dealing with the infrastructure of a city and every decision councils make whether it be septic or sidewalks or to plant aspen or apples, each decision made has a direct impact on the people who live here.
If we plant apples we increase air quality and provide food for people. When we we build sidewalks that have benches for seniors to rest on, are wide enough for strollers and walkers, with bike lanes that are safe and well designed WITH input from the people who are most impacted then we can best support their needs. When viewed from this perspective, even infrastructure decisions become part of a larger picture where every choice in some way effects physical, social and environmental aspects of this City.
I recognise that much has been done here and , that there is much left to do in order so they are safe, healthy and sustained, waters are protected, housing is affordable and sustainable economic and social growth are able to develop in ways that support the highest vision this city can create for itself.
A vision of this City and this region, that will be apparent long after we have all moved on. Where our grandchildren will know that everyone who came before them had the courage to build a localised, sustainable and resilient community that knew how to take care of every single person who lived in it and protected its resources. And, had the foresight to include its community leaders, neighbours and the voices of its people in the process.
I am running for a seat on council today to continue my participation in working towards building such a community. I know that with a strong vision and a unified council we can become a destination city that encourages new business and supports innovation.
FAST FACTS Family: One amazing son, a blended family with two feisty and wonderful teenagers and extended family spanning every region in this valley, five island communities, all over the mainland and across Canada. Home: Cairnsmore Street, Duncan, BC and a Cowichan Valley resident for over 21 years
Past Experience: Service, student, farmer, small business owner, volunteer, director, board member, contract negotiator, economic development, intergenerational leadership, project development and coordination, youth advocate, film and media’ Current: Small business owner, Social Planning Cowichan Special Projects, Cultural Connections Cowichan, Environmental Educational Outreach, diversity educator, project development and coordination, intergenerational leadership, volunteer, youth advocate, economic development, proposal development, director, film and media.
Past Education: Business, Communications, Counselling, Diversity Training University Awards: Founders Award from Royal Roads for “recognition of having exemplified the qualities of leadership, sustainability and personal development” Current: Masters in Integrated Studies: in Community Development, Social Policy and Leadership
You may know her from past or present involvement with: Reality Check, Just Design Community, Gra’minu Film and Media, The Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival, The Cowichan International Festival of Film and Art Society, The Cowichan Intercultural Society, VIU in its days as Malaspina, The Island Farmer’s Alliance, Inclusive Leadership, The Youth Empowerment Project, Canada World Youth, The Duncan Farmer’s Market, Island Farms, Generation Youth, The Walk of Nations, Community Connections, Cowichan Green Community, Cowichan Spirit Festival, Cowichan Spirit Drummers, Royal Roads University, Cowichan Youth Services, Creating Home, Byte Camp, Film Cowichan, CMHA, The Cowichan Caregivers, Shawnigan Lake Walk…………