MLA Stilwell responds

Decorated Paralympic athlete reacts to criticism that she is not spending enough time in the constituency

Michelle Stilwell has read the letters to the editor and comments in other media critical of her absences from this region while she competes on the world wheelchair racing scene.

The Parksville Qualicum MLA was asked what she thought about those criticisms in an interview with The NEWS this week.

“It’s not affecting me because I know I’ve been working hard,” said Stilwell. “We’ve been helping constituents for the past couple of months.”

Stilwell, a multi-gold-winner at the Paralympics, recently competed at the world championships in France, where she won two gold medals and set a new world record.

Stilwell said she has been busy attending a number of local events, including last weekend’s Kidfest in Parksville where she stood in as emcee. She said a number of local issues have been keeping her busy, including the newly-opened Oceanside Health Centre and the ongoing saga of the possible re-start of passenger rail service on the Island.

“I’ve been pretty focussed on learning my role as MLA,” Stilwell said. “I’m trying to get a feel for whatever is going on — the more we talk with people, the more we learn.”

While the phones haven’t been hooked up yet, Stilwell’s Parksville constituency office is open on the 1200 block of the Island Highway, in the same shopping plaza as Serious Coffee.

Stilwell won election as a B.C. Liberal Party MLA on May 14 in a landslide, trouncing her nearest opponent, the NDP’s Barry Avis, by more than 3,500 votes and garnering more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in the constituency.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Nanoose Bay residents miffed as roadwork on Northwest Bay Road causing long delays

‘I sat in traffic for a half-hour and moved approximately 50 feet’

Oceanside RCMP officer makes Alexa’s Team

Munro able to stop and process 15 impaired motorists during the past year

Group aims to preserve French Creek tree

Save Estuary Land Society says bald eagles used tree for nest

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Wildfire burning outside of Port Alberni

Coastal Fire Centre on scene

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Most Read