Amanda Wagner. (Photo submitted)

Three questions for Parksville councillor candidate Amanda Wagner

Candidate for councillor

Do you support the facility proposed for 222 Corfield? Why or why not?

I am in support of this project, and its location. I believe in the research that backs up and supports the concepts surrounding Housing First/Supportive Housing with overwhelming evidence to suggest that it has an overall positive impact on communities and the individuals it serves. I also believe that the individuals, organizations and government agencies involved have, over the last 10 years, come up with an appropriate solution to address the issue of housing our homeless and those living in unsafe conditions. I believe that all involved are seeking the betterment of our community and do not wish to proceed with a project that would cause undue harm to anyone. I believe we owe it to our community to move forward and give it a chance.

How will you balance the needs of seniors and those of younger residents?

The same way I would balance my children on a teeter-totter, by finding the fulcrum, or middle, and adjusting the weight. By that I mean find the common ground.

We all want a sense of belonging, connection to like-minded people, thriving children and personal enjoyment of this beautiful place we call home.

Focusing on the health and wellness of a community is key to finding that fulcrum, and if we can get that right, things will naturally balance out.

The SOS, RDN and others, offer us some wonderful events and programs that bring people together, young and older, let’s raise the awareness of what is available to us.

I see a need in our community for a social recreation centre, something like the YMCA/YWCA that could work in partnership with our existing organizations.

We balance the needs by actively listening to each other, finding that common ground and adjust accordingly.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

As a stay-at-home mom of two little boys, with a husband that has to work out of town, and aging parents, I get what it’s like to live here for so many people.

I think I have a unique perspective and understanding to the needs and issues of the people of Parksville.

We moved here with a dream for a better lifestyle for our family, and ourselves, a dream that I know many in this community share, whether they’re new, or have lived here since the day they were born.

I’m not afraid to admit politics scares me, my greatest weakness may just be “Political Stage-fright”, but I am determined to do it anyway.

It is my commitment to stand with hope, truth and gratitude that propel me; my creativity, diligence and character that make me a catalyst; my love for this community that motivates me and sets me apart.

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