I am Joanna Wilson, councillor for the Town of Creston. A resident of Creston, I have served on council for two terms, and wish to continue being a voice for arts and culture, youth, affordable housing and other issues and initiatives related to the quality and vibrancy of life in Creston.
A graduate of Prince Charles Secondary School, I went away to school then returned to raise my two children on Kootenay Lake with my husband Alan. During those years, I co-founded Art Walk in 1996, and Art Drive in 2000. Inspired by the experience of organizing and working with people to accomplish something for the community, I served as trustee for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) for three years prior to election to town council in 2005.
A piano teacher, I am involved with the performing arts, and am currently president of the Creston Community Auditorium Society and co chair of the Creston Festival of the Arts.
For town council, I am the rep to the Creston Valley Community Housing Society, the Creston Valley Blossom Festival committee and the Community of Creston Arts Council, and I serve on the Creston Valley Community Radio Society board.
Our downtown revitalization project is ongoing, and I will support its continuation through the phases to completion, and also the official community plan, which should provide the blueprint for how we wish the community to flourish in the next decade. I would promote emphasis on green initiatives, provisions for addressing senior and accessibility concerns, and including planning for infrastructure, parking, development and growth.
As councillor, I will continue decision-making based on fairness, respect and transparency. On Nov. 19, vote Joanna Wilson for Town of Creston councillor. I am working for you!
Joanna Wilson is seeking re-election to Creston town council.
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The Advance asked each candidate for Creston town council and mayor, Regional District of Central Kootenay director and School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) trustee — as well as acclaimed directors Garry Jackman (Area A) and Larry Binks (Area C) — to submit about 300 words to describe their goals, background, qualifications, concerns — whatever mattered to them. Of the 27 candidates, only two, Jackman and Creston town council candidate Louis Mihaly, chose not to make a submission.