I will be running for re-election as Area B Director in October. Regardless of the outcome of this election, I want to thank all the volunteers that have supported me for the past 5.5 years. The role of a CVRD Director is very complex and one can only be successful when surrounded by great volunteers. THANK YOU to all of you who have volunteered to be on advisory committees and commissions over the past 5.5 years. You give to the community and myself in so many ways, often unbeknownst to most. I hope you know you are appreciated, I am so grateful!!
I would be remiss if I didn't make a special mention of my alternates: David Proctor, Heidi Goddard and Amber Champ. I am very grateful for your help, support and willingness to always be available to myself and the community. Thank you! There are a few other roles that are key supports for me and the other volunteers: Chair to the APC Bruce Stevens, Chair to the Parks Commission Matthuw Ronald-Jones and chair to the Community Centre Commission Netta Bos and Jennifer Edwards. Thank you! To all the commission and APC members in Area B thank you for all you do.
The concerns that I hear most often from the community centre around affordability, water protection and retaining our small town charm. The CVRD’s only “super power” is land use, so I will continue to support initiatives and projects that strengthen our vision for community and preserve the character and charm that make us unique and one of the best places to live.
If re-elected, I intend to continue my focus in a few key areas;
Fiscal responsibility and affordability; I continue to do my best to address rising taxes in area B. There is a Regional Recreation Referendum that, if approved, will significantly increase taxes in Area B. We already pay more than our fair share due to our higher than average home values (as I have previously written about.) Everyone needs to get out and vote on the referendum question (information link below).
Sustainable Development; growth will happen but it must be on our terms and we must have the services to support it. There have been some previous developments that were approved that were not properly designed or supported by services and we, as a community, continue to pay for those errors. Development must be thoughtful and REALISTIC.
Lake access and outdoor spaces; I continue to focus on the communities enjoyment of our beautiful lake and outdoor recreation. Key examples of this effort are the Rail Trail, the pickle ball courts, the enhancements to Old Mill Park and the parking at Masons Beach. Many of these improvements were paid for with grants and had little to no impact on taxes.
I always have and will continue to stand for this community. I will not be bullied by special interest groups or those who insist on focusing on one item of opposition. As an electoral area, the other area directors also have a say in what happens in Area B, so building consensus and strong working relationships is key to accomplishing the communities goals at the CVRD Board table. I believe I am a strong advocate for this community at the CVRD Board and the results speak for themselves. If you would like to continue what we have started here in Shawnigan, please support my re-election on Oct 15th.
Thank you again to all the people who have given their time to community and ensuring we make sound CVRD decisions for the whole community and the region. I would love to connect, Sierra.
Regional Recreation Referendum
Mail in Voting
The last few years have been really challenging for everyone, both here in Shawnigan and around the world; locally we have had flooding, heat domes and, of course, a continuous pandemic. These unexpected events are stressful on our community, the CVRD and all of us personally and professionally. Despite all these challenges, we as a community have accomplished a lot.
I would like to highlight a few of the more visible accomplishments:
There are several other projects that will continue into the future and provide great benefit to the community. These include:
Of course, there are countless volunteer groups who accomplish so much and help fill the gaps that the CVRD and Province cannot address. All contributions, big or small, are part of the collective effort that makes Shawnigan what it is. We are inclusive, caring and collaborative. I am grateful for everyone who helps make our community what it is.
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