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?
I am a huge supporter of the arts and if the residents of Esquimalt saw that as an important issue I would support those residents by bringing their concerns to light.
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?
I will be the biggest supporter of all of the positive influences that exist within our community not just the arts. Our community is diverse and I intend to support all equally.
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?
I think it is up to the family to decide what are the important components of their child's education. I want each child to have their opportunity to connect with as many activities as possible helping them build awareness of the world around them.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Listening and engaging the community and creating healthy dialogue about the best ways to achieve the goals of the community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
All residents, groups and organizations in Esquimalt will have an equal opportunity to communicate with me about their needs and concerns.
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?
Low voter turn out and general apathy towards the public process prevents progress. I will be actively engaging the public in all aspects of the ongoing business in Esquimalt. More people need to be better informed about what councils role is and what their power is limited to in relation to these issues as they present themselves.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I enjoy attending the many events throughout the year with my family. It is very fun to be together with the community.