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Three questions for RDN candidate Lehann Wallace

Lehann Wallace, Candidate for Area G (French Creek, Dashwood, Englishman River)

What do you feel is the most pressing election issue in your area?

Area G is diverse and comprised of unique and separate rural neighbourhoods, so to list a specific issue in one area detracts from an equally important issue in another.

Some of these neighbourhoods are wedged in-between civic sections, while others are within areas of convergence of up to three bordering electoral areas, with little in common. The pressures that residents of Area G are experiencing are the results of abutting civic, ALR and urban boundaries where development has been ahead of the necessary infrastructure to support the urban growth.

The resulting issues of increased traffic and unsafe access, water supply management, lack of preservation of green spaces and aging recreation facilities can be overcome when elected officials listen to residents by remaining accessible and informed, ensure constant communications on the status of the issues, and bring objective and consistent representation to the board on their residents’ behalf.

If elected, how will you bring about change?

Municipal governments must include individuals with the energy and commitment to lead change and that is exactly what I offer.

I have the relevant career experience, plus the communication and leadership skills to get proper consultation with residents and experts. I will work to facilitate the completion of proper plans to avoid divisive conflicts, while ensuring taxpayer money is spent wisely to achieve specific outcomes.

I will use my communications training and experience to implement a communications system including direct line, designated email and schedule meetings to provide constant contact with residents of Area G to remain connected and informed.

I will advocate strongly for recorded and/or live streaming of regular board meetings to ensure increased access for remote areas and timely information for residents.

I will listen, and I will act.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

What sets me apart is my scope of experience. I am a graduate of Sauder School of Business at UBC and bring a broad range of experience at senior and executive levels with national and international companies. I started my career working on the front line in the non-profit sector where I administered subsidized housing for low income families and developed programs to increase inclusive child care spaces. I have also worked as a consultant directly with charities and nonprofits to secure their funding. I am the recipient of the United Way Agency Spirit Award and a member of the $100,000 Club for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities as Team Captain of a 24 Hour Relay Team.

The diverse interests of Area G need an independent representative. My only agenda is to take this opportunity to put my skills and experience to work to benefit our community.

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