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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep improving WCGH, expanding services and finding doctors
Build more Seniors facilities
Support more health programs at NIC.