Melanie Mason

for Mayor of Bowen Island 2018
Your voice for a diverse, inclusive
and
vibrant community

QUESTIONS? IDEAS? 

PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

As Mayor, I would provide strong, transparent and engaged community leadership on the timely planning and development of our community lands and infrastructure. I don’t shy away from development and related infrastructure is­sues, rather am honest and clear about them.

Through my leadership on transporta­tion issues, I have demonstrated a fresh and forward-thinking approach to one of the core practical challenges Islanders face.

My experience as Councilor last term provided me with solid knowledge of the issues facing Bowen and a clear vision on how to move forward on addressing them. I have experience working with higher levels of government and successfully identifying funding opportunities.

I am highly motivated to work towards building robust, sustainable and cost effective solutions that will benefit island residents and our island economy. Fresh creative, critical thinking, as well as respectful dialogue is what I bring to the council table.

As your mayoral candidate, I will bring my collaborative leadership and deep love of our beautiful Island to work for a sustainable and liveable community. I am committed to build on the work of council to date and the work I began as a municipal councillor last term.

My Platform

HOUSING DIVERSITY
AND AFFORDABILITY

Our housing needs are diverse and pressing. By diversifying our housing options through comprehensive planning and appropriate rezoning, we can work in partnership with senior government, local non-profits, and local developers to bring forward solutions that balance conserva-tion with appropriate opportunities for growth in our community.

Our housing needs are diverse and pressing. By diversifying our housing options through comprehensive planning and appropriate rezoning, we can work in partnership with senior government, local non-profits, and local developers to bring forward solutions that balance conserva-tion with appropriate opportunities for growth in our community.

See my blog post below for more details on my Housing Action Plan.

ENVIRONMENT

We all cherish the natural beauty of Bowen Island and I will work to ensure no industrial-scale logging on Crown Land.

I also want to take bold steps to address Climate Change through good environmental stewardship, smart community planning and transportation initiatives.

COMMUNITY
INFRASTRUCTURE

Solid progress on the Community Centre, the new Fire Hall, the Cove Bay Water Treatment Plant and municipal support for a medical clinic were made during our last term.

 

Let’s continue to build on the groundwork to date, see these projects through to completion, and plan next steps for the future.

TRANSPORTATION

All of us need safe, convenient, and affordable options to move around—both on and off the island. I helped craft our new Transportation Plan over several years. I became a councilor wanting to help create just such a plan, and hope to help implement it as Mayor over the 4 years.

 

We'll improve the pedestrian & cycling connectivity of our neighborhoods, help improve bus service/commuter options and ensure that our ferry service meets the ongoing demands of our ferry dependent community.

COMMUNITY
ADVOCATE

Since moving to Bowen, I have hit the ground running to stand up for issues that I have felt are important for Bowen.

 

Prior to running for Council in 2014 I was a founding member of Bowen Islanders for Ferry Fairness, appointed to the Bowen Island Municipal Transportation Advisory Commit­tee and the Ferry Advisory Committee.

 

I have brought the voice of young families, renters and commuters to the table as well those of youth and seniors ensuring that all our voices are included. I support the needs of our Bowen Island businesses and the vital role they play in our island economy.

COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT

I believe strongly in the importance of early and ongoing consultation as part of a successful community planning and project implementation. 

 

If elected I would bring leadership that is effective, transpar­ent and responsive to the issues you care about.

Why do we need a Community Centre? And how are we going to pay for it?

© 2018 Melanie Mason for Mayor of Bowen Island

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