Wendy Coomber – Cache Creek councillor candidate
Question: How long have you lived in your community?
A: Since 2002.
Question: What is your occupation?
A: I retired from The Journal in 2016 after 14 years as editor. Currently, I work for Community Futures, helping Cache Creek and area businesses and associations recover from the 2017 wildfires by helping them access recovery funding and programs.
Question: Have you done any volunteer work here? Which group(s)?
A: I currently volunteer for: Cache Creek Beautification Society (secretary/treasurer) and manage the Cache Creek Market every Saturday, Friends of McAbee Fossil Beds, Graffiti Days, Soups On, Ashcroft & District Fall Fair.
Question: Have you served before in municipal government or on a Board of School Trustees? If yes, where, when, and for how long?
A: Yes, since July 2016. I also attended every council meeting before that for 14 years before that as editor of The Journal.
Question: Which issues are most important to you?
A: Business: Business owners were left struggling after last year’s devastating fires. Financial relief from the Red Cross wasn’t nearly enough to cover their losses. The flooding this spring, the mudslides and resulting highway closures hit them hard for the second year in a row. We need a local business association that will help existing businesses survive these disasters and help new businesses get established.
Tourism: We need to erase and replace our “disaster capital of BC” image with one more positive. Clean up the rocks and debris and broken infrastructure and make a bigger effort to clean up the areas along our highways to give travellers a better impression.
Services: Rejoin the area’s bus network – it provides more than just passenger service. Develop some form of recycling collection for residents. Most importantly, the Village needs to plan for future flooding and fires to lessen the impact on our town.