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General News · 18th February 2009
Noba Anderson
Regional Director Report from Cortes

My name is Noba Anderson, and I am Cortes Island’s newly elected Director to the Strathcona Regional District (SRD). Raised on Cortes, I left for school, travel and work and returned home 5 years ago. My background is in the field of community and international development, and community forestry. Since returning to Cortes, I have worked both in construction and in local non-profit efforts, and now own land with a small group of people where I am building my home.

Cortes Official Community Plan (OCP) Review
I am on the younger side of ‘the norm’ for this position and ran largely on a platform of actively engaging across the generations. The Cortes OCP will be reviewed soon and I am committed to shaping a productive and participatory review process. I am seeking input on the review structure and have been meeting with groups and individuals to that end.

SRD Strategic Planning Input
I am also seeking input toward the upcoming SRD strategic planning process. So far, I have had meetings with the Friends of Cortes Island, a newly forming alternative housing initiative, Wildstands, the Cortes Community Health Association, Cortes Ecoforestry Society, Whaletown Commons Society and many individuals. More input welcome.

I have formalized the core of my Advisory Planning Commission, and am delighted that all previous APC members have stayed on; less Kristen Scholfield-Sweet who is my alternate director. I am in gratitude to Jenny Hiebert for assembling such a great group. The members are Julia Rendall, Bruce Ellingsen, Joe Cliffe, Carrie Saxifrage, Doug Weyler, Francis Guthrie, and Paul Brewer.

I am in the midst of a steep yet rather stimulating learning curve with this new position, and feel very grateful for the support I have been receiving from my veteran counterparts, Jim Abram especially. Despite all the turmoil from the split of the old CSRD, I have a lot of hope for our current Board and small compliment of staff. We are working with good people, and that makes all the difference.

Tel: 250-935-0320, fax: 250-935-0321, email:

In gratitude,
Director, Noba Anderson