Occupation: Sr. Policy Analyst, B.C. Ministry of Health.
First elected in 2002; seeking 4th term on Council. I live in Central Saanich along with my wife and I follow the lessons of my grandparents which are to be involved in building the community we love. My grandparents were instrumental in establishing the Central Saanich Seniors’ Centre and many other community projects.
1. Why are you running for Council?
I love this community. In my three terms on council, I have been able to make a difference by helping to shape the Official Community Plan (OCP) and by making decisions that respect both the OCP and Regional Growth Strategy.
2. What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?
1) We need to get our fiscal house in order by keeping taxes low, saving and paying down our debt.
2) Reinvesting in our village centres to encourage business to relocate there while also building housing for seniors and young families.
3) Step up efforts to get safer access to the Keating business park to both protect school children and enhance our Keating area.
3. What kind of leadership will you bring to council?
I believe in opening the doors of municipal hall to encourage active citizen participation in identifying and resolving issues. I think council should make evidence-based decisions, relying on staff reports as well as citizen input.
4. What are your thoughts on industrial, residential and agricultural balance in Central Saanich?
We need to maintain and enhance farming while concentrating on residential development in built-up areas, while encouraging new industry in the Keating Industrial Park.
5. Do you think council should proceed with the proposed Maber Flats project?
I don’t believe there has been adequate public consultation. The best way to ensure there are no boondoggles with tax dollars is a willingness to slow down and ensure extensive public consultation takes place.