What do you feel is the most pressing election issue in your area?
Area G in the RDN is a unique group of neighbourhoods from San Pariel to Dashwood. Each neighbourhood has their own issues and concerns.
What one area considers the most pressing might not be the same in another, though after speaking with many residents there is one single issue that is common throughout all the areas and that is public safety.
Public safety would include solid police protection and crime prevention, safe drinking water, fire protection, timely ambulance service, a clean environment and safe roads, especially for pedestrians.
Though roads are a provincial jurisdiction, I would advocate for improvements and maintenance. As a past liaison of protective services for the City of Parksville, I know Area G has high-quality men and women serving in public safety, that with our support will make sure we are safe and continue to enjoy living in Area G.
If elected, how will you bring about change?
I would consult with the residents I represent as I strongly believe it is very important that everyone knows that their voice is being heard. Once there is a consensus I would work with community groups, organizations and individuals to formulate a plan of action.
Depending on the issue at hand I would advocate strongly at the Regional District of Nanaimo, the province of British Columbia or the government of Canada.
Having been a resident of Oceanside since 1976 and a resident of Area G since 1995, I know a lot of the history of the area and I know many people that we can call on for information and assistance. Having been a director on many volunteer boards over the years and serving on many as president, I understand that by working together we can successfully accomplish goals and bring improvements for our community.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
My experience working collaboratively with governments and groups to make our community a better place would be beneficial at the Regional District of Nanaimo board. Carol and I successfully operated a construction business since 1990 and understand cash flow, operating costs, setting priorities and how to formulate a balanced budget. It is very important to control or eliminate tax increases to the citizens, especially those on fixed incomes.
As a volunteer, I co-ordinated the rezoning, building design, obtained funding and supervised the building of Hustwick Place and Kingsley Manor affordable housing complexes. I gained support from municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments.
“Over the five years I have served on the Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee it often seemed an endless battle, but Duane who recently joined brought fresh ideas, fresh arguments that I feel helped changed the tide of negative thought.”
— Michael Foster, POSAC representative Dashwood