During a decade of service as city councillor and regional director, I have:
- Initiated the Regional Housing First Program, leveraging $120-million of regional, provincial and federal investment for 1,000 new units of Affordable Housing, including 400 units for people experiencing homelessness;
- Worked with WSANEC and Hul’q’umi’num peoples to achieve protection of the burial ground at Grace Islet;
- Supported climate-friendly transportation with the introduction of fare-free public transit for people 18 years of age and under in Victoria, an example now followed by the provincial government;
- Initiated the first municipal ban on plastic bag pollution in British Columbia, an example now followed by the provincial government and dozens of local governments;
- Initiated a reduction of motor-vehicle speed limits in residential areas to 40 km/h, an example now followed by dozens of local governments;
- Initiated the transformation of the Dallas Road waterfront trail, leveraging regional, provincial and federal funds for the multi-use pathway, green space and public plazas;
- More than doubled annual operating funding to community associations and seniors’ centres, expanding child care, community gardens, recreation and other neighbourhood-level services;
- Championed democratic public participation, opening up City Hall with regular “town hall” meetings, new advisory committees, and greater transparency of budgeting, expenditures and financial reporting.
- Founded the Red Cedar Cafe, a not-profit community meal program that has served 150,000 meals to people in need since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For further information, see my photo essay “A decade of service”.