Meet Melanie

A career in local government, urban planning, environment & renewable energy

Professional experience

I am a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional with close to a decade of experience working in the urban planning, environmental, and renewable-energy sectors. Before coming to Bowen, I was an Associate Director for a town planning firm in the United Kingdom and gained additional environmental project experience while working at the Port of London Authority and the United Nations Environment Program - World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

 

My life on Bowen

I’m a mother of two young children who attend Bowen Island Community School. You can often find me and my family enjoying time down at our favourite beach at September Morn, hanging out at the Bike Park or scampering around Killarney Lake. My husband commutes daily to town and we live in a small 780 sq ft cottage near Snug Cove. As such, I am intimately familiar with the many challenges and rewards of living on Bowen.

Council achievements

  • Council champion for the completion and implementation of Bowen Island’s first Transportation Master Plan. This had resulted in regional/provincial funding for the cross island multi-use path, as well as school transportation planning.

  • Ongoing advocacy with Translink for improved transit, which has resulted in a planned dynamic bus pilot for 2018, as well as improved connections at Horseshoe Bay. Worked with BC Ferries to secure additional weekend sailings.

  • Council advocate for the Bowen Bike Park project, by supporting municipal land allocation and identifying regional funding.

  • Member of the Community Centre Steering committee, which is working to build this vital community gathering space.

Other nuggets

I have a BA from Queens University and a post graduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems from Niagara University. I speak English, French and German.

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© 2018 Melanie Mason for Mayor of Bowen Island

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