She has a long history of volunteering to help make Qualicum Beach a better place, and now Suzanne Adkins wants to add a term on Qualicum Beach council to that list.
The retired school teacher this week announced her plan to run for a council position on Thursday, stressing the need for an improved transportation system for her decision.
“I love Qualicum Beach, but I see that in order to keep it the way it is, we are going to have to accept some changes,” she said. “We need to improve our transportation system. There are a lot of seniors living outside the core area who can’t get in. We also need a bus service for students and young people.”
Those same young people are on Adkins’ mind in another area as well.
“I’m concerned about the possible loss of the school,” she said.
“That’s a primary concern of mine. We need to facilitate young families coming into town.”
Another issue Adkins would like to push, she said, is the need to have some form of small business centre in Qualicum Beach.
“We need it to promote local businesses and facilitate people who work at home and who need to meet or interview clients,” she said.
Adkins feels she, too, would be a good fit for council, as she has spent many, hours working with local community groups on a variety of issues.
She said she wants to see a well-rounded community, with a broad mix of ages and interests.
“I think the mandate is to keep Qualicum Beach as welcoming as possible,” she said, “but also to encourage young people, because with out them, we won’t be able to maintain the lifestyle we have come to love in Qualicum Beach.”