EDITORIAL: Ode to candidates and Lissa Alexander

We admire those who stand for office; and we will miss reporter Lissa Alexander, who has taken position with the SOS

As we head into the civic election season, we tip our hats to those who are considering a run for office.

To sit in public office at the levels we see here is to truly serve your community. Goodness knows they can’t be in it for the money.

Consider the position of school board trustee. One would think it’s a noble goal, to help guide the education of youth in our region. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out that way. Most of the members of the current school board have decided not to run for re-election. We can hardly blame them for that decision.

The ones who have told us they are not seeking re-election have been classy on their way out the door. They have not pointed fingers or made angry speeches about their lot in life in the past year.

This is a group that has had to close four elementary schools and endure a teachers’ strike. Neither scenario is even remotely related to anything they have done poorly while members of the Qualicum school board.

Still, they get the heat, especially for the school closures.

It’s our hope there will be open discussion about issues — not personalities and not about people who aren’t seeking office — in the months ahead in Parksville, the RDN and Qualicum Beach.

• Today is Lissa Alexander’s last day of work at

The NEWS.

Our loss is the Society of Organized Services’ gain. Lissa is that organization’s new marketing co-ordinator.

Lissa has left a real mark on The NEWS in her four years with us. Our arts section is better than those in many daily newspapers, and that’s all Lissa. She has also shown incredible versatility, evidenced by her news coverage and photography.

It’s a huge hole for us to fill, and we will need your patience and help as we make the transition. But today, we offer our thanks, and congratulations, to Lissa.

Her compassion for the less fortunate in our society — remember her superb Poverty in Paradise series? — will stead her well at the SOS. Our community is fortunate she is staying in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

— Editorial by John Harding