Lia Versaevel

Name

Lia Versaevel

Jurisdiction

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Running for

Regional Director

Party or Slate (if applicable)

N/A

Funding

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?

Yes, cultural investment is essential to a healthy community.

Advocacy

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, we live on the Salish Sea, and champion the Indigenous stewardship for the last 14,000 years, as well as an ongoing partnership with First Nations. We have distinct pockets of human habitation, and it is important to foster cohesion, respect, and awareness.

Education

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?

Absolutely. Music, fine arts and cultural representations are essential to a well rounded education from Pre-K through University.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

Awareness of possibilities. Opening community spaces for gatherings, multicultural events and celebrations.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

We are fortunate to have community centers on both Thetis Island and in Saltair, and learning centers and schools in all of our community spaces. I embrace usage by artists and arts organizations at every possible opportunity.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Working with local organizers to foster a sense of inclusion for art in all its forms, from theater and music, to classes, practice space and affordable events where everyone in the community can and will attend.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Making space available through community centers, parks and open areas.

Key Issues

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?

Accessibility for all ages and stages and abilities.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

Concerts, theater, participation in quilting and fibre arts groups.