2018 Oak Bay Council Campaign
Local government, whether it’s municipal or regional, has the unique advantage of being closest to the people and communities it serves. And the smaller the community, the more everyday opportunities elected representatives have to engage with residents. In Oak Bay, opportunities to meet and share with each other occur through community activities, events, volunteerism, membership in local organizations or gathering places, to name just a few.
For local government, healthy public engagement results in more informed Council decision-making that leads to better local government. That’s why it is so important that public engagement with local government should be timely, regular and achieve results. Public engagement is one key tool Council has for community-building.
As Brian Solis, business leader, once said: “Community is much more than belonging; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” And that’s what has inspired me to run for an Oak Bay Council seat, my commitment to work together again with you for the future of our community.
The following is the content of my campaign pamphlet, shared with you here now and later, as the municipal election campaign gets underway, in hard copy via my campaign volunteers, main street campaigning and mail. Through this website, please feel free to contact me anytime with questions/comments and if you want to make a campaign donation, please contact my Financial Agent, Pat Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you:
KNOWLEDGE, INTEGRITY AND A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
“Oak Bay’s strength lies in the talents of its people, the diversity of its neighbourhoods and its natural beauty. I care deeply about our community and know that its future depends on effective local government that actively seeks public input, is proactive, plans ahead and has a vision for the way forward.
Local governments work best when residents are engaged. Oak Bay residents are smart and hard-working and deserve regular opportunities for meaningful input into local planning and decision-making.
Nothing beats sitting down and talking with residents and community groups, face to face in their neighbourhoods, about what matters to them. Better local decisions are made when Council members stay in touch with our community and its priorities.
That’s why I know that, working TOGETHER, we can address Oak Bay’s key challenges through:
- more timely information-sharing and transparent decision-making;
- careful land use planning that supports housing options, establishes sound development practices and provides for strong neighbourhood consultation;
- rigourous financial planning focused on a savings plan to adequately fund ongoing critical maintenance of public buildings and infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks, sewers, water and drainage;
- active environmental protection for urban forests, foreshore and marine habitats, parks and green spaces;
- efficient transportation planning; and,
- more robust heritage conservation that respects streetscapes.
It would be an honour to serve you once again as a Municipal Councillor for the District of Oak Bay. I ask for your support on October 20, 2018.”
CAIRINE’S KEY SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:
- Local government experience (former Municipal Councillor, Districts of North Saanich and Oak Bay, 2005 to 2014).
- Planning, implementing and managing complex projects.
- Community and regional development.
- Policy development in local, regional and provincial governments.
- Effective leadership and teamwork in a variety of organizations.
- Successful careers in criminal justice, post-secondary education and public policy.
- Strong background in public engagement.
- Mediation, conflict resolution and facilitation with individuals and groups.
- Proactive and innovative.
- Qualified, ethical and accountable.
- A strong and independent voice for due process, fairness and equity.
- Fiscally prudent and committed to careful financial management.
- Balanced and informed.
- Someone who listens, responds and acts in the public’s best interests, always.
CAIRINE’S COMMUNITY SERVICE:
- 2015–2018 – Chair and Member, Oak Bay Heritage Commission providing leadership to major heritage initiatives, Oak Bay Council, heritage promotion and public education.
- 2015–Present – Board Director of Our Place Society, serving the region’s homeless and vulnerable populations; Vice-Chair (2017-2018).
- 2015–Present – Lay Council Member of the Provincial College of Applied Biology, regulating BC’s Registered Professional Biologists and Biology Technicians.
CAIRINE’S RELATED EXPERIENCE:
- Speaker/Moderator for community forums on key community issues such as housing, poverty, homelessness, seniors and leadership.
- Capital Regional District Committee Appointments, 2005-2014 – Alternate CRD Director; Housing Corporation Board; Regional Housing Trust Fund; Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association; Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Commission; Solid Waste Advisory Committee; Arts and Theatre Committees.
Follow Me on Twitter: @CairineGreen
My Website: www.wherewelive.cairinegreen.ca
KEY ELECTION DATES TO REMEMBER:
- September 4 to 14, 2018 – Candidate Nomination Period
- September 22, 2018 – Election Campaign begins (election signs and advertising commence)
- October 10, 2018 – Advance Voting Day, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- October 12, 2018 – Special Voting Opportunities – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Oak Bay Lodge; 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Shannon Oaks
- October 17, 2018 – Advance Voting Day, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- October 17, 2018 – Special Voting Opportunity, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., University of Victoria
- October 20, 2018 – GENERAL VOTING DAY – 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road; Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave.; Monterey Recreation Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave.; Monterey Middle School, 851 Monterey Ave.
ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS:
- Saturday, September 22, 2018, Monterey Centre at 1:00 – 3:30 PM – sponsored by Oak Bay Watch Community Association
- Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Emmanuel Baptist Church at 7:00 – 9:00 PM – sponsored by North Oak Bay Neighbourhood Association
- Thursday, October 11, 2018, Dave Dunnett Community Theatre, Oak Bay High School at 7:00 – 9:00 PM – sponsored by the Community Association of Oak Bay