It is with a keen sense of privilege that I have put my name forward to run for council.
I live and work in Cumberland and am running as a member of the community without any special interests.
I was born and raised in the Comox Valley and have lived here my entire life. Before attending BCIT, I spent my early years working with the steel fabrication family business in Black Creek under the umbrella of the Machinist Aerospace Workers Union, where I gained a great appreciation for working people and community.
I have worked for Island Health since 2003 and am a proud HEU member. While I’m based out of Cumberland, my job offers me the opportunity to travel to municipalities all over Vancouver Island, to network and learn what is working for their communities and where their challenges lie.
Volunteering is and always will be part of my life, whether it’s volunteering with the Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup or Vancouver Island MusicFest.
I am on the Advisory Planning Committee and worked to help draft the most recent OCP. As a strong believer in collaboration and communication, I feel confident that I can work across differences to achieve our mutual goals. I have a strong support and advisory network that spans different pockets of our community which gives me a unique perspective and sets me apart from other candidates.
• Firehall – we have outgrown our firehall and it is no longer adequate. My first priority as councillor is to ensure we build a new firehall.
• Water and sewer – It’s unfortunate, but here we are. We cannot continue to build large residential subdivisions. It may be time to look at commercial development which would increase tax dollars in the village and create jobs for people in our community.
• Commercial development – I promote commercial growth east of the overpass, while keeping our downtown core corporation-free. This will pave our streets, pay for sewer, and fund our firehall and recreation.