Ashcroft mayoral candidate profile: Sandy Agatiello

Ashcroft mayoral candidate profile: Sandy Agatiello

“I would like to see a plan to start working on some of these initiatives”

Sandy Agatiello – Ashcroft mayor candidate

Question: How long have you lived in your community?

A: Resident for 21 years.

Question: What is your occupation?

A: Registered Dental Hygienist

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

A: Currently: Ashcroft Hub Society Director, Treasurer SSPC, Public Lifeline Volunteer (ESS), Ashcroft Moving Forward Group (AMF)

Past: BCIN Regional Pony Club – Regional Chair, Hub, WRAPS, Cancer Society.

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

A: No.

Question: Which issues are most important to you?

A: Housing, healthcare, communication, promoting and supporting existing businesses, promoting new ideas and Community Emergency Plan.

Question: How would you address them?

A: Housing – form a Housing Committee that would develop a plan to address the shortage of housing in Ashcroft.

Healthcare – support the Healthcare Committee that is working to develop a plan to address healthcare in Ashcroft and surrounding area.

Communication – install official information board(s), improve methods of communication. Improve response to issues raised at council meetings. Encourage residents to attend council meetings.

Promoting and supporting existing and new businesses – support Chamber of Commerce and/or Business Association. Actively promote arts/culture/history/music/events. Consult with business owners and ask how council can help support them. Develop an up-to-date package for prospective businesses/investors/developers. Revitalize website.

New ideas – look at the merit of new ideas before saying “No.” Analyze benefits: apply for grants to support new projects.

Community Emergency Plan – continue to work developing plan started by AMF group.

In 2015, the Economic Development Strategy was developed, which has 39 foundational initiatives identified. Only a few of them have been implemented.

I would like to see a plan to start working on some of these initiatives, search for more funding opportunities, and work collaboratively with the community, First Nations and surrounding towns.

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