I am 47 years old, married with four beautiful children ages 17, 19, 21 and 23. I moved to the valley in 2001 seeking a pure, clean and wholesome life for my children. The clean air, beautiful waters and the kind loving residents made Creston an easy choice.
Creston was in a bit of an emotional slump back in the early 2000’s with many saying “this is a dying town”… that didn’t sit well with many of us, so we created the group Positively Creston Valley. Focusing on a prosperity-type of mindset, each meeting grew to the point we filled the United Church with eager, action-driven individuals from all walks of life and professions in our town. This group was the beginning of the downtown revitalization project and a catalyst for the beautification of many homes and businesses in the area.
Leadership: Over the past several years I’ve been an active volunteer in our town, the province of British Columbia, and Canada, with most of my efforts, focused on conservation, backcountry safety/stewardship, and land use issues facing motorized recreation. I’ve participated in Provincial Jag committees developing a framework for new and existing laws and developing provincial safety campaigns for youth. I’ve worked with and continue to work with government on both a provincial and federal capacity, networking with MLAs, MPs, and the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources.
The big question asked of me continually is, of course, “Which side of the fire hall debate are you on”? My answer is always the same. My answer is Yes. Yes, we need a fire hall. Yes, we need to work within our means and spend responsibly and Yes, we need to work hard to raise grants and expand our tax base to mitigate the cost to the taxpayer for this and many projects in our town.
I hope to: Stimulate business development and expansion by revisiting municipal requirements, creating a more enticing framework for developers and investors. With a progressive council, we can entice new business and industry into the valley that will not conflict with our ALR land base. More business means more employment opportunities and more housing development opportunities. We need housing complexes that are in line with realistic rental prices for our valley. Not every apartment or condominium needs to be created in an opulent fashion. Creston residents and families need clean, affordable rental options.
I will work hard to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely, which includes quality workmanship for municipal projects including roads and sewer infrastructure. While many may pat themselves on the back for coming in under budget on a project, sometimes making every dollar count with quality construction to last decades rather than years is best to save time and money in the long run.
Thank you for the opportunity to share. I would like everyone to “grab a buddy” and head to the polls! Your voice matters.