District of Hope councillor candidate Q&A: Heather Stewin

District of Hope: Council candidate Q&A

Heather Stewin

Q1: What experience do you have that makes you suited to be a councillor for the District of Hope?

I bring four years experience as a councillor, 20 years as a business owner and recently completed my level 1 certificate for Local Government Leadership through the LGLA.

Q2: What are the two most pressing issues facing the district? How do you plan to address them? (be specific)

Housing affordability, and infrastructure that supports development are two pressing issues. I support the studies staff bring forward regarding pavement management, water systems, sewer and stormwater. I would like to see policy review and updates to policy that better reflect today’s market for development.

Q3: Many residents of Hope struggle with availability and affordability of housing and basic necessities. This is compounded by a job market with many low-paying jobs and many residents living on fixed incomes. If elected, what will you do to make Hope a place where people can live, work and play comfortably?

There are also many higher paying job positions that go unfilled due to housing shortages and an unskilled workforce. If elected I will continue to support affordable workforce housing, work towards improving municipal infrastructure in industrial areas to attract investment and review policy to better support a business-friendly community.

Q4: How do you plan to listen to and communicate with residents of Hope if you are elected? (be specific)

I communicate best in person. I can be reached through email and by phone. I enjoy being a liaison to organizations in the community and I like being invited to events.


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