General News · 17th November 2014
Thank-you Cortes for returning me to elected office to both represent you at the Strathcona Regional District and to lead us toward key changes in our community. Thank-you to my supporters and campaign team – so many of you in so many ways! With three candidates, it is not a given that any one will receive a majority of voter confidence, and I take this as an honor and a mandate to move forward on my key campaign issues:
- Economic Development – As an island of innovators and educators we need a focus on supporting local livelihoods through a diversified economy. I will work to facilitate a focused economic plan starting with a symposium in the new-year to learn best practices from other communities and local governments.
- Community Health Care – I will continue to work with Island Health and the BC Ambulance Service to fund and support better community home care and community paramedicine to keep you healthier and in your homes and community longer.
- Aboriginal Truth, Rights and Reconciliation – Learning to honor aboriginal land rights and finding good ways forward that respect the language and culture of the indigenous peoples of this place we live in will be front of mind. I will continue to educate myself and help to bring learning to my fellow elected colleagues and community so that we can make more respectful and collaborative decisions.
- Cortes Zoning Bylaw Update – I expect that the 2015 update will tackle a few sensitive issues including aquaculture zoning, density allowance on un-subdivided lots and enforceable nuisance provisions. I will bring my depth of local political understanding to these decisions.
I am also very happy to be able to continue working on key initiatives underway including a series of beach accesses, a cross island trail system, thoughtful use of community works funds, alternative transportation initiatives and much more. You have elected an active leader who focuses on facilitating community conversations and supporting local initiatives. The balance between leadership and representation is one of the most acute mindfulness practices of this job - one which I intend to keep balancing to the best of my ability.
I also want to extend a special thank-you to those who participated cleanly in running campaigns for change. Close to half of you were ready for different leadership - change that you did not receive insomuch as a new face... however I truly do encourage those of you who supported other candidates to speak with me and let me know what you want to see done differently. As long as this is done in a respectful manner I promise I will be open to hearing your input and working with you. I have a lot of time for people who come both with concerns and suggestions.
My apologies for the delay of this post - I had hoped to be able to connect with my two fellow Regional Director candidates prior to writing to you all, but I trust that will happen over time in a good way. I look forward to speaking with them both to better understand the perspectives of their supporters and what they had hoped to bring to the position.
In gratitude for another four years!