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CITY COUNCIL: Sandra Milligan to bring an environmental voice to Campbell River City Council

‘I’ve done everything I can from outside City Hall, now I want in’
Sandra Milligan is running for city council. Photo contributed

Long-time local environmental advocate and biology instructor Sandra Milligan has declared her candidacy for Campbell River city council.

Milligan said she is excited to bring her community building experience to city council.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with many great teams over the past two decades in Campbell River, building beautiful community assets like the Discovery Passage Aquarium and Mountain View Community Garden and as President of Greenways Land Trust,” Milligan said. “I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore, while City Hall puts up roadblocks to projects that the community needs, like safer cycling infrastructure and support of the urban forest.

“I’ve done everything I can from outside City Hall, now I want in.”

With deep connections in the Campbell River community, Milligan feels confident that her voice echoes those of thousands of Campbell River residents.

“I raised my three children here, educated thousands of students, have been involved in many sports groups, community boards and organizations, and always choose local,” Milligan said. “Anyone who knows me knows I will work tirelessly to make Campbell River a place of pride.”

Milligan’s top priorities are environmental and social issues.

“The lack of affordable housing is a concern for most people in Campbell River. City council can create non-market and subsidized housing policy to alleviate the problem,” Milligan said.

Most importantly, Milligan feels that city council must work better with social service providers to find innovative housing solutions. “Basic human respect is a value that should be part of every decision Council makes.”

Milligan says she also knows the importance of prudent financial planning. During her tenure as President of Greenways Land Trust, the organization’s budget tripled, requiring implementation of strong governance and financial policy.

“As a leader, you need everyone on the same team, working towards a common vision. In City Hall, that team includes city council and city staff, working together in a respectful way. The team should also include First Nations partners; City council needs to do its work in reconciliation training to develop that relationship with openness. Add to the team residents, business owners, and our natural environment. Listen for the common vision in the collective voice and act on that vision. That’s the recipe for a good leader.”

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– From a submission by Sandra Milligan

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