Mark Chandler. (Photo submitted)

Three questions for Parksville councillor candidate Mark Chandler

Candidate for councillor

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

I do not support 222 Corfield in its current structure, however, the affordable housing model includes everyone in need.

• The majority of our current council are not willing to look at any adjustments to the current model. Professional mental health and addiction staff are not being offered based on the information available. Non-profit staff may not be qualified to deal with the hardest to house tenants.

• The size and location of the proposal will negatively impact the nearby seniors’ facilities, businesses and residential housing. The homeless population are challenging to house and require more than a roof and ICCS support. Treatment options and transitional housing, which are already in place in a larger community, are required.

• I support a project that addresses many of the most vulnerable in-need community members: seniors, couples, veterans, single parents, people in danger of becoming homeless and our local homeless population in recovery.

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

I want our community to be inclusive, and support both young families and our retirees. Affordable living is the common element.

• I see young families are struggling to sustain quality of life when faced with inflation in the housing market, utilities, and consumables. A decrease in living wage jobs, childcare options and family supports gives us an opportunity to help preserve this vital component of our community. We will encourage large employers in high paying sectors to build in our region. Offering training in trades, tech and entrepreneurial ventures will help correct the gap in employable workers. We will offer a wide range of municipal services while keeping taxes manageable.

• Parkville is an enticing destination for seniors. I support the building of a well-designed affordable housing facility and activity center that will incorporate BC Housing initiatives, as they will be spending several million dollars to protect future housing options.

What sets you apart from other candidates

As a business owner in Parksville I am closely connected to our community. I use abstract thinking and keen problem solving skills to address the changing framework of our small business industry. I am known for my ability to organize momentum behind charities and other small business that need help. I am affiliated with a number of volunteer programs and have a broad supportive network behind me. I am driven by thoughtful actions and try to create a “paying it forward” motion. When an issue presents itself, I make a plan, add 150% effort and throw myself into resolving it. Success requires involving all of our combined knowledge and working together to create an atmosphere of respect and collaboration. I am a passionate candidate that will work with everyone to create the best Parksville possible.

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