Stephanie McGowan running for a seat on Comox council

Stephanie McGowan running for a seat on Comox council

Stephanie McGowan is running for election as a Comox councillor.

“Comox is a special place with an incredibly rich history. It is where I spent much of my formative years; where I graduated from high school, and where I decided to come back to lay down my roots,” said McGowan. “My inspiration to get involved started with my family and is fueled by conversations I have with other locals, other families that are struggling to stay one step ahead of their bills. I want to be on the council to ensure we have a town affordable enough for families to stay in.”

McGowan points out that housing is a major issue in Comox.

“I speak to many parents concerned about their housing, trying to balance their income between rent/mortgage, food, and utilities. Finding a rental with kids and pets is a nightmare. Being stressed about keeping a roof over your children’s heads or food on their plates is not a recipe for engaging to your fullest potential.”

Working in the mental health industry, McGowan hears many situations where people, and children, are struggling. Keeping our town affordable is a priority for McGowan. She appreciates the work of past councils to make a debt-free Comox, but stresses that taxes need to be affordable so no one fears being forced out of their home. McGowan brings a balanced approach – making sure Comox’s infrastructure is kept in good shape – without compromising affordability.

McGowan and her partner, Cameron, have two young sons. She is very aware of the future challenges – climate change being a major one.

“I want our sons to grow up to be secure in their future and to know the joy of nature. Trees make our community livable and access to trails is a priority for healthy living.

“If I win a seat on council, I will be approachable to all; the disillusioned and those who feel they have no voice. I want to let people experience true accountability. It is our right to be heard and represented, and although municipal government is notorious for a lack of voter turnout, it is an ideal place to have our voice truly heard. Together, on Oct. 20, we can make a difference. I promise to vote with my mind, conscience and heart.”

Contact Stephanie McGowan at 250-218-5586, votesteff@gmail.com, fb.me/votestephaniemcgowan, or

www.stephaniemcgowanforcouncil.wordpress.com.

Comox

Just Posted

A 30x40 ft boat/car shop in the Little River area near Wilkinson Road was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived on scene. Photo by Comox Fire Rescue
Comox firefighters battle ‘showy’ shop fire Saturday night

Smoke could be seen throughout the Comox Valley

ROAM Media’s Ian Adams designed the label for the new honey ale. Image supplied
Church St., Ace combine on a true Comox Valley brew

The taphouse has Home Buoy on tap, and it’s also in cans

The finish line! Huband held a ‘Colour Run’ Friday to celebrate what’s been a different school year. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Valley school lets its colours run

Huband Elementary wanted a way to bring kids together

Cumberland has agreed to a sponsorship agreement with the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland agrees to sponsorship with Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

Some on council did express concerns from the past such as amalgamation push

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Most Read