As a candidate for the District of Sicamous Council I feel we need to boost the local economy and we need options that will have an immediate effect. Specializing in change management for the past 25 years of my career I am able to assess issues and compile creative options to explore.
Our greatest resource is our lakes and mountains and we need to capitalize on those assets. My approach would be to contact companies who already provide outdoor adventures and tours to visitors in other communities and convince them to either open branch offices here or to offer franchise opportunities. According to Tourism BC’s statistics, there are areas of our province where tourism-based businesses thrive by catering to the outdoor pursuits market year- round. I have begun to compile a list of companies and have identified what I believe is a logical first choice to approach about coming to Sicamous. A great example of how this can work can be seen in the change that has occurred in Canmore, Alta. At one time Canmore was a ghost town eight months of the year. Their leaders pursued this approach and the town is thriving. We don’t want to be another Canmore, but we do want to be a thriving small town whose business; and residents can enjoy quality of life.
Are there other serious issues we need to address? Of course. However, boosting our economy will provide revenue to both local business and the district and make addressing other issues possible.
Why should you elect me? Because you will not find a harder working, more dedicated individual to do this job. I cannot guarantee that I can move mountains, but I can promise that I give it my all and will not quit till the job is done.