Aujla: Great place to live makes a great place to visit

Tofino is a remarkable small community with a natural environment that is extraordinary, an abundance of natural resources, and an active and energized population.

People from around the globe are attracted to it and many wish to make it their home.

I am one of them. I came to Tofino as a teacher and returned to it upon retirement.

Others have their own reasons for being here and this migration of people has led to an increase in the population of our community.

Added to this has been an incremental rise in the tourist population.

These pressures have impacted our community and our resources in a variety of ways (housing, parking, sewage and water, etc.).

While our community has excellent plans in place, important decisions have to be made on how to achieve these objectives.

It is my desire to listen to and be involved with community members, community groups, and our neighbors in shaping our future.

As the West Coast School Trustee, I have, over the past 15 months, had an opportunity to work with other individuals and groups in serving the needs of the children and parents on the West Coast and the Alberni Valley.

The desire to be involved and to work with individuals and groups to make decisions that will positively impact our community of Tofino is why I am running for council.