Marilyn Wilson. (Photo submitted)

Three questions for Parksville councillor candidate Marilyn Wilson

Candidate for councillor

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

An affordable housing development is an ideal location for the centrally located 222 Corfield site. This type of housing is an important component of a healthy community and contributes to the housing needs for a growing city. It offers the potential to provide safe, affordable housing options for young families with children, single parents, seniors, homeless, young people and anyone in need of affordable housing.

As it is currently proposed, I do not support this model of Rapid Response to Homelessness supportive housing and attached shelter for 222 Corfield. I am concerned that illicit drug use and crime will negatively impact our small seaside tourist community and tax our services and resources. In my opinion, the responsibility to address the addiction and homelessness crisis belongs with Provincial and Federal, not municipal government.

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

Services and amenities contribute to balancing the needs of senior residents with younger residents.

• Recreation and entertainment choices for residents of every age to enjoy within our community.

• A cohesive, inviting, walkable and accessible downtown. New boutiques, stores and businesses in the community will keep residents and visitors of all age groups shopping in Parksville.

• Diverse affordable housing options for younger residents who work, own businesses or presently live here and want to continue to reside in Parksville and contribute to our economy.

Investments in housing options that allow for seniors to age in place benefit the community economically and socially.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

New Face, New Ideas, New Approach.

I am civic-minded and have the entire community’s best interests at heart. I am hopeful that all current candidates share this common goal.

As a degreed interior designer, I am familiar with development proposals, the process and the planning department. I am able to visualize the ‘long-term view’ for Parksville’s direction and have the necessary research skills to study all sides of an issue to make informed decisions.

I have successfully advocated on behalf of residents resulting in a positive outcome. My approach is thoughtful, pragmatic and pro-active.

A lengthy airline career has provided me with invaluable experience in managing difficult, stressful situations, with diplomacy. I have 35-plus years experience working in a team setting and have acquired good listening and communication skills in the process.

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