Marilyn Wilson has announced her intention to run for councillor for the City of Parksville.

Marilyn Wilson runs for Parksville councillor

Wilson hopes a new council will unite the city

Marilyn Wilson has announced her intention to run for councillor for the City of Parksville.

In a press release, Wilson says she is fortunate to have the time and commitment required to serve on council.

“It is exciting to be able to be a part of this democratic process and I am hopeful that a new council will unite our city by listening to and engaging with our residents to ensure we preserve the safety and beauty of Parksville,” she said.

Wilson participated in the 2013 Official Community Plan (OCP) workshops and supports smart growth principles that foster a healthy interconnected community with amenities like bikeways, walkways, mixed density affordable housing options and green transit options such as shuttle buses to the downtown core and the Island Corridor Foundation’s vision to restore Island train service.

Wilson hopes that by the city expediting the development process and providing ‘green’ incentives, developers will invest in diverse sustainable projects to benefit the local economy, tourism industry and local businesses.

“Parksville can be known as one of the greenest cities on Vancouver Island,” she said.

Wilson has received considerable feedback from residents in support of a community and recreation centre to include an indoor pool and facilities to serve residents of all ages. She also supports the idea of building an amphitheatre in the community park as a perfect location to create a welcoming gathering place for arts and culture events.

Wilson brings a well-rounded perspective gained from an extensive travel career. She has a degree in interior design, which include courses in urban studies and Passive House and she works part-time in her interior design business.

Some of Wilson’s contributions to her community include volunteering as a designer with Habitat for Humanity, as a puppy trainer for BC Guide Dogs, as a volunteer with Milner Gardens and as a member on the strata board of her town home.

“If elected to council I will listen to residents, encourage dialogue, community input and stay informed about issues in order to make constructive decisions with fellow council members. I am committed to giving my best with values I live by: integrity, honesty and fairness,” she said.

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