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Friday, October 19, 2018



604 Nicol St
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 4T9
Ph: (250) 754 6389

Cell: (250) 797 0531



A third generation Nanaimoite, 37 year resident of Nanaimo, I am a long time Community and Social Advocate. For over 20 years I have worked in the social service sector with Adults and Youth coordinating both an Emergency Shelter, Youth Housing and Chronically Homeless Outreach/Support.  I believe every Citizen capable of contributing to making the City of Nanaimo a better place. 

Employed in the Social Service Sector with adults and youth for over 20 years I also have considerable experience working with boards and committees on issues ranging from Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Food Security & Poverty, to Neighbourhood & Community Planning and Downtown Revitalization.

For over a decade was one of very few people attending council meetings regularly as well as working with city staff in my many other endeavours.  I get the process and understand the flaws.

Many see sitting on council as a position of power; I see it as a position of trust, trust that I would work towards the betterment of the ENTIRE community.  I have proven through community involvement that I do not just ‘talk the talk’ but ‘walk the walk’ as well.  

I support:

Streamlined civic process, Social equity, lower taxes, mixed use infill densification not sprawl, green initiatives, and sound Neighbourhood and Community Planning. I also support an independent core review of the corporation of Nanaimo on a regular basis.

Most of all I stand for improved communication between City Hall and Citizens that starts early and actively encourages greater citizen involvement in decisions effecting Nanaimo.

Want transparency?  Be careful what you ask for because you may get more than you wish. 

The only promise I will make is to put the same level of energy, commitment and integrity into my position on council as I have in being an advocate for social change.


More about Me:

Degree in Child & Youth Care - Malaspina University/College 2002

2004 to 2018  Nanaimo Youth Services Association
  •  Coordinator - Specialized Community Assistance Program (For the Chronically Homeless)
  • Housing Portfollio  Supervisor - Nanaimo Youth Services Youth Housing (Subsidized Housing for youth under 19), Rowe House (Converted rooming house for employed youth 17 - 30)
       2004 - 2007
          o Coordinator Training for Jobs
          o Youth Housing Youth Support Worker

1998 – 2003: Samaritan House Emergency Shelter
       Coordinator

1996 – 1998: Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society
      Coordinator of Volunteers
      Shift Coordinator
Current Community Involvement:
·                            Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society – Chair
    • Member Chamber of Commerce
    • Member Volunteer Nanaimo 
    • Nanaimo Homeless Coalition
Past Community Involvement:
·        Nanaimo Neighbourhood Network –  Chair
·        Nanaimo Citizens Advocacy - Director

·         South End Community Association – Director
·         Friends of Nanaimo Harbour - Director 
·       SAFER Nanaimo Working Group

 Sex Trade Cohort (formed as a result of the Pickton Inquiry - Group of agencies that work with Sex Trade Workers)

Nanaimo Social Health Network 

Neighbours of Nob Hill – Member 

Nanaimo Working Group on Homelessness 

Nanaimo Community Advisory Board on Homelessness

Mid Island Coalition for Strong Communities 

o    Vancouver Island Water Watch

 Nanaimo Old City Association - Treasurer 
·         SECA Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee  (2009)
·         Downtown Design Guidelines 
·         Friends of Plan Nanaimo  
·         Official Community Plan Review 
·         Crystal Meth Task Force 
·         Nanaimo Alcohol and Drug Action Coalition 
·         Working Group on Downtown Social Issues 
·         Mental Health Advisory Council 
·         City of Nanaimo Nuisance Property Committee 
·         Nanaimo Social DevelopmentStrategy 
·         S.A.F.E.R Downtown Nanaimo Project 
·         Community Food Connection
 .         Food Link Nanaimo  
·         Action for Diversity Team 
·         Nanaimo Food Share Society
·         2002 – 2009 DNP - Housing Design Development Subcommittee
·         Busking Bylaw Committee
I have also been involved at workshops and giving feedback on numerous of Nanaimo’s City plans ie. Transportation Master Plan, South Nanaimo Waterfront Plan, Zoning Bylaw, Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan etc. Etc.

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