Sooke is a strong, proud and diverse community and it is incumbent upon all of our leaders to vigorously protect the character of our neighborhood. "Sooke-ites" are fortunate: we have access to abundant green space, ocean & rivers, and vibrant small businesses. As a council-person, I will bring renewed energy to protect and promote the livability of our neighborhood. I will fight for the small businesses that dot our sidewalks, protect the vitality of our natural environment, constantly work to keep housing costs at a reasonable level and work to ensure that everyone in our community has easy access to health services.
INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE
"We must invest in our community’s future" means believing in what Sooke can be - and turning that potential into a reality. When it comes to our roads, transportation systems and overall efficiency, we must have a comprehensive and proactive plan rather than relying on a reactionary scramble. By acting 'in the moment' whenever possible, we will create a cleaner, greener, and healthier community for our present and our future.
STANDING FOR THE PROGRESSING VALUES OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
The foundation of any council working on behalf of the community should be integrity and transparency. I would also like to add the attribute of compassionate action. As a member of the Sooke Regional Multi-Belief Initiative, we have brought the Charter of Compassion to our community and one of my goals as a member of Sooke Council would be to promote the tenets of the Charter to all my colleagues on council as well as my fellow residents in the community.
Sooke needs council members that will stand for the shared progressive values that make our community strong. Our neighborhood must continue to be the towns conscience: supporting public education, fighting homelessness and poverty, and standing for the rights of all. My wife and I choose to live in this community because we recognize the critical importance of our shared principles and, on Sooke Council, I will fight for these beliefs.