Qualicum Beach resident and business person Jean Young is running for a Qualicum Beach council position.
In a news release, she writes, “For more than 20 years I have managed a retail business in town. I have raised my family here and am passionate about our town and our community.
“I would like to contribute my skills to help to ensure that Qualicum Beach grows in a thoughtful, well-planned direction, while maintaining the integrity of our lovely town. I want to help change the dynamic of the way our council makes decisions. I want to listen to and support individuals and delegations when they come forward with their ideas and issues that are important to them.
“Council needs to work cohesively in order to find solutions, all the while collaborating with staff, professionals, and the general public.
“We cannot ignore change, it is a fact of life, and I want to ensure that we are making the right changes for Qualicum Beach.
“As a longtime business owner, I have had the privilege of listening to my customers and have come to know many of them as my extended family,” she added.
“I have a deep respect and love of our community and am a strong supporter of many of our volunteer agencies including Rotary, Legion, Grandmothers to Grandmothers, Aldea Maya and our local schools.
“Along with the generous support of local volunteers and sponsors, I have successfully organized the Uptown Summer Market, which showcases the charm and talents of Qualicum Beach and its residents. I am a director of the Chamber of Commerce, currently on leave to run for councillor. My past work with the chamber includes the formation of the Qualicum Beach Downtown Business Association, which continues to seasonally sponsor community family events.
“I have spearheaded numerous fundraisers for local and international charities and for individuals experiencing traumatic events. On numerous occasions I have spoken to town staff and contacted individual councillors to present resident concerns.
“I have personal integrity and am my own person. It is my wish to serve on council, while working collaboratively with stakeholders to continue ensuring that Qualicum Beach remains a vibrant community in which to live, work and play.”
To speak with Young, visit her at Bailey’s café, from today through to Oct. 9, between 8-9 a.m.
You can also call 250-937-0608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Submitted by Jean Young