I am running in this election because I love and care about this Valley.
I have a diploma in Business Management and work as the Sales and Marketing Director at the Best Western Plus Barclay hotel. I have had the opportunity to work and volunteer with many people in our community because of it.
In this election, the people of Port Alberni are looking for change.Years ago we marketed ourselves as a retirement village yet we have found ourselves without enough adequate housing for the elderly or affordable housing for those who struggle.
I feel we have lost vision when it comes to essential services. I am upset that we have lost control over our watershed and know it is something we have to work together to regain.
Like many of you; I am frustrated with the lack of growth in our community.
We must be willing to invite large industry but not forgetting about the power of tourism or small business to keep our small town charm. LNG, the airport, the trans shipping hub done correctly will be positive things for us however It is important that we take responsibility for our environment to ensure proper measures are upheld with these projects.
Although these are signs of grown they are not guaranteed. We will need to continue looking for new investments. Before we can do any of this, we as a city have to work on our tax base and our weakening infrastructure to seriously ask new people and companies to come and invest here.
We need a united council and I am hopeful with this election whomever is voted in that they take the time and care needed to work together for the greater good. In this election I am asking for your vote and change.