Vanderhoof: Young, Ken – councillor candidate
It has been an honour to have served as a Councillor for the District of Vanderhoof. I am proud of my hometown and want to help it continue to grow and flourish. We are on the cusp of many new opportunities here in our beautiful community and I look forward to ensuring we take advantage of these opportunities.
Our community must continue to move forward in ensuring the pool project is completed as quickly as possible. Over 70% of the residents in the area voted in favour of the pool. We need to finish the job. Improving our education and training opportunities, more housing for young families and seniors, more recreation (skateboard park for example), expanding recycling, addressing the brownfields on Highway 16 and creating more commercial space must happen. Expanding tourism, continued support for our health professionals and pushing for more police officers will also be goals.
We also need a focus on readying our community to take advantage of any new economic opportunities by having the infrastructure in place and the capacity to meet new needs. We must continue to support our local forest, agriculture and mining industries, as well as the small business owner by creating policy that is business friendly and not a limiting factor. Creating more opportunities for the youth in our community is also something I am passionate about, both in my work as well as time on council.
As a life-long time resident, I believe I have the knowledge of both where we have been and where we need to go as a community. Vanderhoof is a community that reflects family values and a quality of life that we all love and want to continue to improve. I ask for opportunity to once again, represent you with a strong voice on council to ensure that Vanderhoof will always be a healthy, safe and vibrant community to live and prosper in. It is what I want for my children (and now, grandchildren)and for yours as well!