Scott Harrison has announced his candidacy in the coming Qualicum Beach municipal election.
Harrison grew up in Prince George. While attending UBC, he spent two years providing live-in care for people with disabilities.
“I’ve found that you can learn something from anyone, and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect,” Harrison said in a press release.
After completing his degree, he spent a year teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. He also taught English in Vancouver and Montréal, and attended l’Université de Montréal for post-graduate work. After returning to Qualicum Beach, Harrison worked in insurance in Parksville.
“Learning how to assess risks and trying to mitigate them is something that I feel is directly applicable to elected office. Protecting what we have is important to me, and ensuring we look at the long-term risks to our unique small town character is vital,” Harrison said.
A resident for the past six years, Harrison has 14 family members in Oceanside and a lifelong place for the community in his heart.
“My first memories of Qualicum Beach are my first memories of summer. We’d spend two weeks in Parksville, and then we’d visit my mom’s family. We’d drive north until we came to the giant sign that says ‘Qualicum Beach.’ Then we’d take a left,” he said.
While there are several pressing issues to consider, Harrison places a particular focus on the provision of affordable housing and preserving the independence of seniors. With low wage growth, a lack of rental housing, and an average life expectancy well over 80, he hopes council will consider the quality of life of every citizen over the next four years.
“This election is about the future of our community. It’s about ensuring that we stand up for the principles that built this town. I hope to be able to work with the community so that we have a council that is transparent, reasonable, and fair,” he said.