Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sustainability and Community Liveability

Good governance means utilising the excellent guidance provided by the Official Community Plan, the Local Area Plans, respecting the Urban Containment Boundary and supporting our Agricultural Land Reserve and the farmers who depend on it for a living.

I believe that growth within the context of sustainability takes successful transportation and transit planning, effective use of greenways for recreation and travel, and accessible, affordable and inclusive recreation opportunities.

If elected to Saanich Council again, I will continue our efforts to build an even more accessible, inclusive and affordable community.

To learn more about Saanich and its vision for the future visit: Saanich Vision

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fiscal Responsibility

While Saanich has a strong fiscal foundation, it is critical that this be maintained. Council must scrutinise expenditures to ensure taxpayer funds are appropriately spent.

Combining my local government experience with Master's degree in Business Administration, I am committed to a reasonable approach.

For more information about Saanich government visit: Saanich Mayor & Council

You can download the 2013 Saanich Annual Report here in PDF.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Climate Action in Saanich

As the Executive Director at the Climate Action Secretariat, I was a proud supporter and promoter of the Climate Action Charter. Saanich signed onto the Charter in 2009 and has a since developed a Climate Action Plan.

Now we can take our leadership position and build on it assisting neighbourhoods and even other communities to grasp how critical it is to respond to the global issue by literally acting locally.

Saanich GHG reduction targets are 33% in the community and 50% for municipal operations.

"Emissions from fossil fuel consumption, methane production from waste and agriculture, and deforestation are regarded as the primary causes of human induced global warming. These emissions consist primarily of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide and are accelerating the ‘greenhouse effect’ within the atmosphere. Subsequently, this is contributing to the warming of the world’s oceans which regulate the earth’s temperature and directly impact regional weather patterns. The impacts of global warming are being witnessed through rising global temperatures, increasing frequency of storm events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels.   The 2007 inventory also provided a detailed breakdown of emissions by sector within the community, showing that 62% of greenhouse gas emissions are related to fuel combustion vehicles, 30% is related to buildings and 8% to landfilled waste."

For more information visit: Saanich Living

Download the action plan in PDF format by clicking Action Plan

Friday, 17 October 2014

Professional Experience & Community Service

For more than 25 years I've been dedicated to community service. Following is a list of the positions I've had the privilege to hold - either in a professional capacity or as a volunteer.

  • Councillor, District of Saanich 2001-2005, 2011-2014
  • Councillor, Central Saanich, 1996-1999
  • Chair of the Saanich Administrative Traffic Committee 
  • Liaison to the Saanich Peninsula Agricultural Commission 
  • Chair of the Saanich Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee
  • Co-chair of Saanich Public Safety and Emergency Planning
  • Trustee, Greater Victoria Public Library Board, 2005-2013
  • Certified Negotiator & Mediator
  • Volunteer Coach, Breast Cancer Survivor Clinic, CIBC Run for the Cure
  • Board service: Silver Threads, Lower Island Equestrian Club, CRD Arts, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

I have a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and received a Greater Victoria YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Let me put my experience and dedication to work for you for another three years by voting for me in the upcoming Saanich election on November 15.

For more information visit: Saanich Council bio

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Thank-you for the opportunity to serve on Saanich Council

Thanks for all the support you've given me since I was re-elected to Saanich Council. Since taking office in 2011, I've been Chair of the Administrative Traffic Committee and Liaison to the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, and I am currently Chair of the Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee and Co-chair of Saanich Public Safety and Emergency Planning.

It has been a pleasure to serve the people of Saanich for the past three years, and with your support and votes I hope to continue for another four years.

As many of you already know, I believe in sustainability, fiscal responsibility, climate action and community livability. Saanich is great place to live, and together we can make it even better.

To view the current Saanich Council visit: Saanich Council

Monday, 6 October 2014

2014 Election

The 2014 municipal elections are right around the corner.

Everything you need to know about 2014 Saanich Election can be found here.