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In his own words: North Cowichan council candidate Roger Hart

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Putting Hart into the Community

As a resident, husband, father and grandfather of people living in the Cowichan Valley, I am deeply concerned that our people can support their families while living here – both now and for generations to come. Affordability and local job creation are part of this - a community needs to be viable for everyone who lives here. We must ensure that our community includes a much richer variety of jobs than largely low paying ones in the service sector.

My  wife, Sally, and I have two beautiful grandchildren, Jubal and Jade, who live nearby, but if we continue on our present path even a modest house will be beyond their reach and the beautiful environment we all cherish will be lost.

In the course of a long and varied career I have developed excellent listening skills, a respectful and collaborative approach to working with other people – even those who do not share my views, an ability to envision “What might be?” and above all, an ability to take leadership and put those ideas into action that stem from the heart!

Why I am running

I have lived on Vancouver Island for nearly 40 years although I'm a relative newcomer compared to my wife, Sally, who has deep roots to the area on her father's side through Halalt (Westholme) and Penelakut (Kuper Island) and on her mother's side whose family settled in Chemainus in the thirties.

We have two beautiful grandchildren, Jubal and Jade, who live nearby, but if we continue on our present path there will be no future for them here by the time they reach adulthood. If current trends continue even a modest house will be beyond their reach and jobs will largely low paying ones in the service sector.

We can change this and stop the erosion of the beautiful environment that brought so many of us here in the first place, but we need to have a vision of the future that appeals to the overwhelming majority of people.

The cornerstone of that vision is both “Visions 2020” (the summary of a extensive series of community consultations that lasted from 1992 until 2005) and the new Plan to protect our  community and enviroment (Official Community Plan or OCP) that has recently been approved, but November 2011 will mark the critical first steps in beginning to implement that Plan as well as ensuring that we are still on track for achieving the vision we want for the Valley in 2020 – a mere 8 ½ years away.

To do this we need a fresh approach to our local councils. We need vision and leadership, but we also need to empower the residents, First Nations and non-First Nations alike, and learn to cooperate for the benefit of all.

In the course of a long and varied career I have developed excellent listening skills, a respectful and collaborative approach to working with other people – even those who do not share my views, an ability to envision “What might be?”, and above all, an ability to take leadership and put those ideas into action.

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