Ashcroft mayoral candidate profile: Barbara Roden

Ashcroft mayoral candidate profile: Barbara Roden

I’ve worked hard and know the issues.

Barbara Roden – Ashcroft mayor candidate

Question: How long have you lived in your community?

A: 22 years

Question: What is your occupation?

A: Journalist/writer

Question: Have you done any volunteer work here? Which group(s)?

A: Director of Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society since 2012 (president for five years); member of Historic Hat Creek board; frequent emcee at local events.

Question: Have you served before in municipal government or on a Board of School Trustees? If yes, where, when, and for how long?

A: Ashcroft councillor since 2014.

Question: Which issues are most important to you?

a) Support existing, and attract new, businesses; b) develop new housing; c) create Emergency Preparedness Committee; d) increase communication between the Village and residents; e) support seniors; f) attract young families; g) explore more local health care options; h) off-leash dog park; i) work with regional leaders (municipal, First Nations, regional directors) to develop and strengthen our region, because we’re stronger together; j) continue to support community groups and promote the arts.

Question: How would you address them?

a) Promote and facilitate funding programs and a Chamber of Commerce, and work to get fibre-optics; b) work with developers to provide a variety of new housing; c) work with community members and organizations on emergency preparedness; d) develop new communication methods (social media, live streaming, community message boards, Ash-Creek radio station, etc.); e) work to provide more seniors’ housing, preferably downtown, and look at other ways to help seniors; f) look at ways to provide day-care, and support the HUB and other community organizations providing family- and child-friendly events; g) push for implementation of more community-based health care options and practitioners; h) use Village land for an off-leash dog park and work with the community to build it.

Question: Additional comments?

A: I’ve worked hard and know the issues. I’ve introduced and supported many new initiatives, and will continue to do so.

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