Local business owner and community leader Deana Simkin has entered the race for Courtenay council.
Deana moved to Courtenay in 2010 to be closer to her aging parents and immediately became involved in the community. Deana purchased High Tide Public House (formerly Billy D’s Pub) in downtown Courtenay and soon after became a board member of the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (DCBIA). Deana served as the DCBIA president from 2014-2016 and currently sits on the board as past president.
In 2012, Deana joined the Rotary Club of Courtenay where she has helped fundraise for the community and contribute in numerous community events. Deana served as president from 2016-2017 and is still a member of the club, serving as past president.
Deana is currently the vice-president of Comox Valley Economic Development Society, where she has supported and participated in the renewal of the five-year Comox Valley Regional Economic Strategy, the development of the Annal Tourism and Destination Marketing Work Plan and the implementation of the Municipal and Regional District Tax (hotel tax). Deana also sits on the Destination Marketing Committee and the Dine Around Committee where she has helped develop and expand the Comox Valley Dine Around event.
Deana’s main concerns are:
• Densification and revitalization of the downtown core
• Proactive development in the city
• Affordable housing
• The increasing tax burden on homeowners and businesses
• Asset management
“My experience as a community leader and local business owner has prepared me to contribute in a positive and cohesive manner on the council to assist in the growth and the future of the City of Courtenay through proactive planning.”
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