While continuing to be accessible and responsive to you, the citizens of Courtenay, I will be focussed on the four core directions of our new Official Community Plan: reconciliation, community well-being, equity, and climate action. I see a safe, respectful and inclusive community, with a strong and sustainable local economy, where we co-operate with our neighbours, care for our environment and live well together. The work to be done includes the following:

  • Implementation of new Official Community Plan with emphasis on climate change action and citizen engagement
  • Promotion of community safety through enhanced bylaw staffing, collaboration with police, businesses and community agencies, wider application of restorative justice, and ongoing advocacy to Province for housing, mental health and addictions services.
  • Renewed advocacy for housing availability through engagement with development community, local housing organizations and provincial/federal governments
  • Continued work on Indigenous Reconciliation through collaboration with K’omoks First Nation and broader indigenous and Metis communities
  • Ongoing work on Traffic Safety/Management through implementation of crosswalks, speed limit reductions, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, road maintenance and advocacy with Ministry of Transportation re 17th St bridge and bypass improvements
  • Continuing development of parks, recreation and senior services through implementation of master plan and advocacy for trail connectivity, McPhee Meadows development, expansion of Filberg Centre and new facilities for soccer and pickleball
  • A new focus on Economic Development that engages local entrepreneurs and key sector leaders while building on our firm relationship with Tourism Vancouver Island, Downtown Business, K’omoks First Nation, the Chamber of Commerce, North Island College, the Labour Council and others
  • Strong representation for Courtenay at the Regional District and continued regional co-operation on major infrastructure projects like the Water Treatment Plant, new Sewage Conveyance Project, new Regional Organics Composting Facility and Regional Parks Service
  • Ongoing emphasis on accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and continued engagement with social agencies to promote community well-being through initiatives like the Connect Centre
  • Continued strong support for arts and culture, maintaining our partnerships with the Museum, Art Gallery, Arts Council and Sid Williams Theatre
  • Build on existing work with our streamkeepers, environmental organizations and agricultural community on conservation and restoration initiatives, food security, wildlife corridors, our forest canopy and preservation of our wild places