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General News · 15th November 2008
Noba Anderson
I, Noba Anderson, am offering myself to Cortes as a candidate in the upcoming election for the position of Regional Director.

I was raised on Cortes, which gives me an understanding and love of our island in a way that only comes with breadth of time. I attended university on full scholarship and graduated, appropriately, with a degree in community development and environmental studies. My thesis focused on forest land-use rights with Cortes' community forest efforts at its core. My work throughout BC as well as internationally on community land rights issues culminated for me in the writing of a book on BC community forestry. The level of informed community involvement here on Cortes inspired me to return home and get involved. Last year, my efforts were recognized federally when I was selected as the Canada wide recipient of the Rural Youth Leadership award presented in Ottawa.

I returned home full-time 5 years ago, and have worked both as the Executive Director of the Cortes Ecoforestry Society and in the field of carpentry. Just last week, our building team completed our portion of work on the Cortes Senior's Village; an evocative example of community-driven cluster living for fixed income residents. I am currently building my own home on land in Whaletown that I co-purchased with three other land partners.

Here on Cortes, it is time for my generation to step up in a whole new way. I am driven to run in this election partly as an inspiration to my generation to get involved in Cortes land-use planning – the most important jurisdiction held at the Regional District level. Our Official Community Plan, so thoughfully crafted by my parent's generation some 15 years ago, will be reviewed in this upcoming term. This is a chance for our two generations to co-review our vision for Cortes. Your Regional Director will be your facilitator and guide through that process. For this review, I offer you a unique combination of maturity and vitality, and an ability to connect with both generations.

My role in the community forestry field and my aspiring role as Regional Director have much in common. They both have at their core the relationship between people and place, land-use planning, community meetings and inter-community collaboration. Our slogan, which was my creation, at the BC Community Forest Association was "Local Lands, Local People, Local Decisions." This is what drives me to represent Cortes - a love of this place and a commitment to thoughtful planning.

In closing, I want you to know that I am privileged to have an experienced support team that will stay with me through my term in office if elected. To learn more, please join me at the all-candidates meeting, Sunday, November 9th, at 7:30pm in the Manson's Hall. Most importantly VOTE VOTE VOTE!! Saturday, November 15th at the Cortes School.

Please contact me with your thoughts, comments, suggestions and support.
935-6875 or

In gratitude, Noba