Electoral Area C includes Stillwater and Saltery Bay, Black Point, Lang Bay, Kelly Creek and areas from Whalen Road to Jervis Inlet. Three candidates are vying to fill the position currently held by retiring director Colin Palmer. Each was asked to submit a short bio and tell residents why they deserve support in the general election on Saturday, October 20.
Here is the response from Clay Brander:
I’m 47 years old and have worked in a wide variety of capacities, including being a volunteer math teacher in Africa, the centre director of a non-governmental organization in Japan, and a mechanical engineer in Powell River.
I’ve also been part of the Sunshine Music Festival for 17 years, served on the local Property Assessment Review Panel, and am currently a small business owner. I believe these experiences have given me the skills necessary for the position of Electoral Area C director.
Four topics that are often mentioned to me are domestic water security, storm water runoff, land use, and the need to establish a land acquisition fund. All four have to do with protection: protecting our water, protecting our homes and property, protecting our area from uncontrolled development, and protecting the environment for future generations. All are important issues that deserve our attention.