Baert: ‘Supporting civil dialogue and public engagement at every level’

It has been a privilege to serve the community at the council table, promoting and supporting civil dialogue and public engagement at every level. Since moving here in 1988 to open my business, I have been active in my support for protection of our environment and the development of our tourism and value added economy. I have skills in creative problem solving, consider diverse points of view, do my homework, ask hard questions, network for solutions and am accountable for my decisions.

I continue to support respectful, responsible governance through transparency, public consultation, fiscal prudence and open communication.

On council I’ve been an advocate for arts, culture and heritage, creating an Age-Friendly community, supporting development of plans that provide a roadmap for a vibrant, sustainable community now and into the future. These include maintenance, improvements and building of infrastructure and community amenities.

My top priorities are: Finalize the Liquid Waste Management plan and implementation Improve relations with our neighbours including meaningful reconciliation with First Nations Address the need for long term and seasonal worker housing that is accessible and affordable Continue work to strengthen economic diversity Develop community amenities including a Civic Hub and Community Hall improvements Ensure implementation of our ‘plans’. We invest in them and they have to be put to work for us. will continue to strive toward suitable solutions. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve with other councillors who worked hard on your behalf and brought a high standard of professionalism and commitment to their community.