Community

Community is Everything.

It can sound cliché but building a strong community really is one of the most important things any City can accomplish. Port Alberni has always had great community spirit and its strengths will always come from the close knit relationships of its residents. I moved back to Port Alberni because of that small town community spirit and lifestyle. I hope to become more of a part of that community building and ensure we remain a desirable and welcoming place for residents and visitors new and old.

Key topics:

Families and People

Pursue a new Pool.

Continue improving Canal Beach.

Encourage more high density and low cost residential spaces in the City like apartments and townhouses.

Services

Continue strong Parks and Rec programs

Maintain full Professional Fire Dept. but consider blended Paid on Call and more cooperation with Regional Depts.

Keep City Staff lean, but supported.

Support and promote Steam Train, McLean Mill and WCIHS and encourage the sale of products to defer City costs.

Business and Industry

Exporting Raw Logs out of our Community Forest is disgraceful. We should expand our Forest holdings and use them to create jobs, in forestry and in other industries (food/tourism/other).

Develop and Beautify both South and North Port Business Areas.

First Nations

Better, direct communication with neighbouring First Nations.

More partnerships to enhance learning and understanding in the community.

Culture and Learning

Maintain McLean Mill but continue to encourage revenue generating sales to reduce City subsidy. Promote Mill and Train widely.

Consider as a community what to do with the Martin Mars? According to the AV Times, when Coulson bought the plane it was stipulated:
““As part of the purchase agreement, one of the planes will be made available to Port Alberni upon retirement for use as a heritage attraction. This is a condition of the sale and reflects the commitment we made to the people of Port Alberni and our support for local communities.”

Support Library and Early Learning initiatives.

Work with School District to increase student use of all Facilities.

Health

Keep improving WCGH, expanding services and finding doctors

Build more Seniors facilities

Support more health programs at NIC.

2 Responses to Community

  1. Kelly Urry says:

    Hi Chris,
    This probably isn’t the section to post this, but I wasn’t sure where it would fit.
    I have a question.

    Councillors have a rather hectic schedule and many obligatory functions, events, meetings, etc., they have to attend. With you working at the University in Nanaimo (and I am presuming you still do) how are you going to achieve this? Which area of your life is going to be most affected? Will it be time taken from your personal/professional life or will you have to decline invitations and/or obligatory presence for your position as Councillor?

    How can you assure the citizens of Port Alberni you will do your job as councillor to the absolute best of your ability? Of course there will be some events, meetings etc., you will have to miss, all councillors do, but what percentage of those incidences will you be declining?

    Thank you for your consideration and your answer.
    I wish you the best in this endeavour.

  2. chrisale says:

    Hi Kelly!

    Thank you very much for your question. This is indeed a question that I had to think long and hard about (months, years!) and consult about with my family and work. Another facet is the big debate recently about the pay of councillors and mayor and their work load, etc.. two do work full time apparently (Kerr, Chopra and Washington?).

    It all came down to whether we (myself, my family, my coworkers) thought I could make it work and make a significant difference in the process. My workplace (including my union) are very supportive.

    So we thought I could.

    How it all works out practically will simply have to be bridges that I cross as I get to them. It will likely mean giving up my use of BC Transit to reduce my CO2 emissions and driving/parking expenses as I will have to drive the full way to work to be able to get back and forth in the shortest time possible. It will mean a lot of late nights and time away from family. It will mean I likely do more work digitally from home for VIU, which I can do thankfully, and it will mean I do some of the work of council digitally as well.

    It won’t be easy, but I feel very strongly that there is a lack of a voice from exactly my type of demographic. We have business people, and retired people on council, but younger people with families, who work full time and are just trying to make ends meet need to be represented as well.

    I certainly am not doing this for the financial reward or to take the easy path. I’m doing it because I love my City and I feel I can help bring a new vision forward and I will do everything in my power to be the best councillor I can possibly be.

    Thanks so much for writing,

    Chris

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