Gwyn Sproule is throwing her hat into the ring for another four-year term on Cumberland council. Over her 16 years on council, she has seen many changes in the village, most notably the increase in people moving here because of the strong sense of community, the expanding network of mountain-biking and hiking trails, the thriving arts and culture, and the attractive historic commercial core with its many eateries and pubs.
Gwyn came to Cumberland 40 years ago and still lives in the old town of Union, now part of Cumberland. She immediately became interested in the remains of old coal mines and settlements scattered throughout the forests and began to promote the rich heritage of the area. Gwyn is a founding member of the Comox Valley Land Trust, the Cumberland Community Forest Society and the Perseverance Creek Streamkeepers. She represents Cumberland at the Comox Valley Regional District board and is council’s representative on the Heritage Committee.
Cumberland’s two long-standing priorities have been to develop a high-quality and quantity of drinking water and a wastewater treatment plant that meets provincial standards. Thanks to a large government grant, the new water treatment plant is in the process of construction, but Cumberland’s single most pressing need is to build an adequate wastewater treatment plant.
According to Gwyn, her other important priorities are to advocate for more affordable housing units in the village. House prices have risen in Cumberland, more than anywhere else in the Comox Valley, and are now unaffordable to many who grew up here as well as to people wishing to relocate.
Whilst Gwyn continues to support the downtown business core, she would like to see a more diverse economy that would provide increased tax dollars and good wages. She would like to see light industrial development where zoned on the Bevan Road, particularly involving sustainable and green technologies.
“I am proud that Cumberland has developed into a beautiful small town that provides a good quality of life to its residents and is welcoming to visitors,” said Gwyn. “Our Official Community Plan shows us the way to a well-planned and sustainable future. It has been a great honour to serve on council all these years. I hope I can count on your vote.”
On Oct. 20, please re-elect Gwyn Sproule to council.