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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 do not know how much we already invest. As someone who greatly benefited from a drama program as a teen I would like to see more arts and culture based programs throughout the city.
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 believe that arts and culture is an important piece of our city and it must grow along with everything else. I would like to see more arts centres since not only are they an opportunity to learn and create for everyone they are also a way to attract tourists and possibly new citizens.
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?
Without acting I would not be the person I am today. Even if a child does not stick with an art form the lessons learned will apply to all different areas of their life. Arts programs provide an outlet for so many things and I do believe they are vital to a child's education.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I hope to see more arts and culture spaces being built. I think that projects like the performing arts centre and the idea of turning Stuart Wood into a Tk'emlups cultural centre are wonderful ideas that would help to grow our community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would support the creation of new spaces and organizations as well as the continued funding of existing ones.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I was a big proponent of the originally proposed Performing Arts Centre. I believe that the more we have to offer the more people will want to come and experience multiple attractions.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I believe we can attract and retain artists by giving them a space to make their art and opportunities to showcase 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?
I believe the most important issue is not having enough appropriate spaces for cultural events. As a councillor I would vote in favour of new projects or plans that would help to improve the communities' access to the kinds of spaces they need.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I love supporting local theatre. We have so many different kinds, the university, the smaller theatres and the Sagebrush productions. The art of theatre is something I have always found fascinating. And when possible I take in local concerts and art shows.Additional Information
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As I mentioned acting was a big part of my teenage years. I learned so much and was able to discover who I was and who I wanted to be. I want to support arts and culture programs so that children won't miss out on the opportunity to grow and learn.