Ernie Sellentin

Courtenay-Comox

Ernie Sellentin

Courtenay-Comox | crc@bcgreens.ca

Joining Andrew Weaver’s Green team as a candidate for Courtenay-Comox provides opportunity to serve the community by sharing my professional expertise and personal values. My business is habitat restoration and invasive species reduction: contracts include governmental and non-governmental organizational as well as individuals throughout Vancouver Island and the Coast. I believe that we have a right to a healthy environment, strong social services, and an economy based on 21st century sustainable jobs with a strong social foundational support for everyone. After a career in logging, I earned a postsecondary education (BSc Environmental Science) Royal Roads University 2000 and a Diploma in Environmental Assessment from NIC 1999. My goal is to be the type of elected official who remains open and engaged and my focus will be issues such as water management, affordable education, sustainable jobs and access to quality health care. I expect that my years of coaching soccer also have prepared me for provincial politics. I was born on Texada Island and have lived with my family in the Comox Valley since 1981. A deep appreciation for the beauty and opportunities available in this area motivates me to represent our best aspirations for a shared sustainable future.

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About Ernie

Sellentin worked in the Texada Island quarries and then as a timber faller with his father. From 1978-1995 he continued in the logging industry working in a variety of coastal B.C. locations. He returned to college in 1995 and then re-entering the workforce in 2000 with a Diploma in Environmental Assessment Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. He then built his own company, Sellentin’s Habitat Restoration & Invasive Species Consulting Ltd., specializing in habitat restoration and invasive species consulting. Today the business is a successful multi-dimensional full service enterprise focusing on environmentally conscious sustainable invasive plant removal and restoration. In addition, he served as a Director on the Board, Invasive Species Council of BC (2005 – 2009).

Sellentin’s volunteer soccer coach career includes 7 years with the Comox Valley United House League, U6 -U12, Comox Valley Select for U13G then Upper Island Soccer Association VIPL Riptide soccer for U14G-U16G. Sellentin was 2016 assistant coach for the U16 girls VIPL Riptide soccer team which won the BC Soccer Coastal Cup and placed third at BC Provincial Championships. With family and friends, he also enjoys cycling, hiking and backcountry camping.

Sellentin lives in Comox with his wife Johanne and teenage daughter Olivia plus two pets Ollie the dog and Winnie the Burmese cat. Two adult children and two grandchildren also live in the Comox Valley.

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