Crystal Sedore is running for councillor in the District of Hope.
Last week (Aug. 30) she announced on the Hope BC Bulletin Board Facebook group that she’d officially submitted her nomination papers to run for council. Sedore, who created and runs the popular Facebook group, currently works as Community Engagement/Outreach Coordinator with Free Rein Associates and is Swepath’s executive director. She wants to “bring some real genuine love” for the community when making council decisions. And her years of running the Facebook group, she says, has given her an understanding of what matters to the people of Hope.
“I know the people who live here. I know what concerns them,” says Sedore. “And I know what matters to them in terms of what makes Hope so special. Being able to be a part of the leadership, bringing that knowledge with me, is going to make me a great candidate.”
Sedore says there are a number of issues in Hope she would like to tackle if elected as councillor. She wants to address homelessness in Hope and the state of the roads —which includes traffic control and applying pressure to ensure the long-awaited intersection on Sixth Avenue and Old Hope-Princeton happens. She also wants to help Hope find a proper identity for itself that fully emphasizes everything good within the community.
Aside from running the Hope Bulletin Board, Sedore, who has lived in Hope for over 30 years, has also been involved in a number of volunteer and community organizations from the moment she arrived. Sedore has also been involved with many of the Indigenous communities near and in Hope, working with them for the past 30 years.
As such, Sedore says she has an intimate understanding of the “pulse” of Hope and believes that, through transparency and accountability, people will trust her as their councillor.
“I’m a person who is very principled about equality, and about inclusion…I don’t like things happening behind closed doors,” says Sedore. “[And] I’m really committed to making sure that what’s best for the community, at large, is uppermost in my mind when [making] decisions and listening our citizens.”
Watch upcoming editions of this newspaper for interviews with candidates and more information on voting.