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General News · 15th November 2008
Stephen Moyse
Hi, everybody, I'm Stephen Moyse.

I'm running for the position of Regional Director on the newly formed (Feb08) Strathcona Regional District.

I bought property on Squirrel Cove Road, and moved in at the end of August of this year. However, I have a more than 20-year association with Cortes Island, having kayaked and sailed these waters since the mid-1980s.

I stand for Canada. I stand for Cortes Island. And I stand for office as your government representative.

I've been a citizen member of study groups at Central Saanich Municipality for the past decade or so. Transportation's my love, so that's been my focus, but all the study groups have taught me how to interact with regional government.

I worked as a civil servant for 25 years from 1982 'til 2003: first as a postal clerk in the BC Govt postal system, and then as a staff writer in the communications branch of the provincial pension shop (used to be the Superannuation Commission of BC).

One of my most valuable civil service mentors was a fellow who was a senior director of health/human resources programs in the provincial government.

Another mentor was the manager of the parks department of the Town of Sidney from 1982 'til 2002.

These two people gave me invaluable information about how to interact with the provincial government. And municipal government is a "child" of the provincial government, according to the Municipal Act. I also learned from these mentors how to catch the attention of the federal government for money-granting purposes, etc.

As I mentioned, I first started kayaking around Cortes 25 years ago. Since then, I've visited Whaletown, Smelt Bay, and Squirrel Cove (where I now live), and I consider Cortes Island my new/old home. I've gone for drinking water at Robertson Lake, made a need-driven paddle to Whaletown for butter and chocolate bars while camping on the Penn Islands, and, just last week, given two hitch-hiking summer residents a ride to Victoria, all the while asking myself why these folk had to leave Cortes in the winter.

While in office, three of my focuses will be the curtailment (or at least control) of commercial, for-profit logging on Cortes, affordable housing for all of us, and the revival of the Official Community Plan process. Nonetheless, I will always be responsive to the needs and demands of you, my constituents, and ready to be your voice at the Regional District.

Comment by Stan J. Oliver on 5th November 2008
The lesser of TWO....
Change is GOOD... Then again, make your "VOTE" count!
Comment by Shane on 25th October 2008
Hi Stephen, thanks for introducing yourself. Can you please define 'affordable housing' and how it relates to Cortes? Also, what is your intention in regards to for profit logging, and what experience do you have in the area?