Party or Slate (if applicable)
Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?
Over 1 million per year to the regional arts service as well as funding an arts centre and jointly owning the Royal Theatre.
If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?
Yes, I believe the arts are vital to healthy and successful communities and want to see local governments in the Capital Regional District (CRD) worm together to support the arts.
Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?
Yes. I am a high school Drama teacher and I see this first hand. I will work to ensure our School Act which has curriculum requirements for Fine Arts education are followed and enhanced.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We support it when asked and we champion our local artists. We grow by creating policy that says funding will keep up to inflation.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. The CRD needs to do a needs assessment on its regional facilities and I will work towards that if re-elected by pushing to see it become part of our next strategic plan.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We need to welcome touring productions and promote them when they come to Saanich. We also need to help with marketing by using our online tools.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
We need to ensure support is in place for the arts so that artists are paid fairly so they can afford to live in our region.
What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?
Seeing all local governments participate in our regional arts service. I will work on convincing all local governments to join by championing the service’s work and our healthy arts ecosystem.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I teach a Fine Art at a high school as my “day job” and I attend at least 50 events per year. I chair the CRD Arts Commission and donate to many arts organizations
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