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 would encourage the support of the arts and preserving cultural diversity
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 would be active in cultivating a renewed interest in local arts and culture, particularly with our youth and our seniors. Children are our future but our seniors are our legacy. Their input should be more encouraged.
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?
Definitely. My three children benefited greatly from their art/music classes and opportunities in school
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Encourage endowments, apply for grants and ensure there is adequate support not only financially but in participation with our community partners.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Once again, i feel the best way to do this is to work together with community partners. We can create relationships to encourage local entrepeneurs to partner with artists to highlight their crafts
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Create areas of focus in the community that bring our heritage and points of interest and market it to other communities via tourism outlets etc.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Encourage their craft and provide ways for them to highlight it
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?
Keeping renewed interest and showing people how important it can be in their lives. Educating people is the only way.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I have volunteered in many capacities and served on varios boards including the Coasting Along Theater Society that brought the Nutcracker to Sechelt
If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.
Last summer I went through a serious health issue and I spent several months in Vancouver. Half of the time was in GF Strong. One of the main things that got me through that time was the art class there. It gave me something else to focus on and a sense of accomplishment at a time when I did not feel that well. It was a lifesaver for me and I think that there should be more of that available