Alberni election: volunteerism drives Blake

The News is running profiles of candidates in the Alberni civic election. They are in no particular order.

“Working together to achieve our goals is the key to a happy and prosperous community,” says Angie Blake, who is running for city council.

Blake has called the Alberni Valley home for the past 45 years. “My husband, Gordon Blake, and I have devoted our lives to the people of this beautiful valley,” she said. “We have run multiple businesses, worked on many local boards and volunteered thousands of  hours.”

Blake worked with MacMillan Bloedel in their cost-accounting department and part time with Alberni Engineering. She continued her education in finance, which blossomed into an 18-year career as a financial advisor.

When she was 23 years old Blake became a Girl Guide leader. “I have served many appointed roles in the organization and continue with the Trefoil Guild. I have given 46 years of service,” she said. “The Girl Guides have given me more than I could ever repay.”

Blake was part of the team that formed the Fir Park Village/ Echo Village Foundation, which last year raised $250,000 for a major renovation to the Fir Park bathing room. She has also served on the board of the Port Alberni Shelter Society for the past 10 years.

Blake volunteered on all four of the provincial games staged in Port Alberni (summer, winter, seniors and disability games), saying it was the team concept that drew her to those activities. Now she wants to work with a different kind of team and focus on city issues.

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