Melanie McCollum will vie for a seat on Courtenay council

McCollum ‘brings balance and relevant background to Courtenay City council election’

For Melanie McCollum’s growing list of supporters, she is the right candidate stepping up at the right moment for city council.

“Courtenay is growing from a small city into a bigger city,” says McCollum. “With my energy and commitment, I want to help ensure this growth brings positive changes that serve the best interests of the whole community.”

McCollum began campaigning over the summer and hears a lot of support. She believes her background in key decision-making areas – like urban and financial planning and budgeting – gives her the experience to serve on council.

“It’s exciting when the right person steps up at the right moment,” says Dr. David Audia, chiropractor and Downtown Courtenay business owner. “Melanie has the combination we need: fresh perspective, commitment and a background in areas where the city must set priorities and lead.”

McCollum is a financial analyst at North Island College and has raised her family in Courtenay for 12 years. In addition to her professional experience, McCollum says working at NIC for over a decade shaped her practical, principled ability and skills at bringing people together.

“As more people move to our region, preparing for the future includes smart planning, good incentives, reaching out beyond city hall and being ready for partnership opportunities.”

McCollum points out that Nanaimo recently missed a grant due to indecision on housing priorities.

“Congested roads, safety, the need for accountability and affordable housing impact everyone,” says McCollum. “Our next city council has to address these issues effectively while inspiring the community.”

McCollum says a greater mix of housing is one option for Courtenay to maintain the new trend toward more affordable multi-family homes closer to downtown, schools and transit. Recent data from Discover Comox Valley show multi-family options like townhouses are selling “like hotcakes” especially to young families.

“Council needs to support good infrastructure decisions alongside the vision our community has developed for healthy and sustainable growth,” says McCollum. “Downtown revitalization, building an effective transportation system, protecting our incredible natural values, are all elements of success for the community. It’s my goal to help guide Courtenay through these upcoming decisions so that our next council’s choices have positive long-lasting impacts.”

The municipal election takes place Oct. 20. For more information about her campaign, visit melaniemccollum.ca and Melanie McCollum for Courtenay Council on Facebook.

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