Lia Versaevel

Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Lia Versaevel

Nanaimo-North Cowichan |

As a Chemainus resident for the past three years and a member of the Ladysmith Lions Club, Chemainus Residents' Association, and St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, I am a dedicated Island person. I also am employed in this area and understand the challenges we face in having access to clean drinking water, affordable housing, balancing tourism with residential priorities, and keeping our waterways safe and clean.

We have four major islands in this riding, as well as several smaller ones. People love the ecosystem we are part of and are passionate about protecting all of the life here. I feel this same passion and will devote myself to its conservation. Having worked near marine traffic, I understand the risks as well as the benefits of moving our products to market. I am devoted to maintaining employment in this sector, as well as in all the independent businesses including farms, dairies, bakeries and the myriad of small businesses in our riding. We must enhance our food security and independence from foreign markets. Education is a top priority, from preschool through trades, apprenticeships and universities. I am a listener and a person of action. I look forward to meeting you.

About Lia

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As an active community member, Lia has much to offer as Nanaimo-North Cowichan’s Green candidate. Lia declares, “Education, healthcare and protection of our most vulnerable citizens will be my priorities as your next MLA, through a sustainable economy and respecting diversity.”

Her core values are: vibrant economic growth, First Nations reconciliation, ecological stewardship, and restoring our education system (pre-school through post-secondary). Furthermore, Lia seeks to improve care for seniors, the disabled, and children in care.

After 27 years with the Attorney General’s Ministry as a Correctional Officer, Peace Officer, Probation Officer and Family Justice Counsellor, Lia moved with her family to Nevada in 2004 to continue to work in family mediation and later as a teacher and in security work. She returned to Vancouver Island in 2013.

As the owner of a BC incorporated business (1992), “Accord”, Lia continues to offer her professional experience in conflict resolution, while serving as President of Family Mediation Canada.

She has advocated for system change since she first initiated a residential treatment centre for adolescents, in 1982, in Surrey. Her frustration with seeing young children in custody led her to establish Fleetwood Glen in Surrey through the Guildford Home Society, as a residential treatment program.

In 2001, she was behind the creation of the non-profit program Soul Harbour Ranch, an alcohol and drug treatment program for teens in Keremeos.

Lia graduated from Claremont Secondary in Central Saanich in 1972. She completed two degrees at the University of Victoria and then an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University (2007).

She is currently a member of the St. Michael and All Angel's parish in Chemainus, a board member of the Chemainus Residents’ Association, Vice President of Ladysmith’s Lions Club, a Board member of the UVIC Alumni Association, a member of the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association and of the BC Wildlife Federation.

Lia works part time for Vancouver Island University, is a Special Education Assistant for an Online Academy, is also a member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and works part-time at Fabricland in Duncan, outside of her private Dispute Resolution practice.

Lia has three adult children, a grandson, and two retired service dogs. She enjoys fishing and Cowboy Action shooting, skeet and archery. Lia is also a gifted fibre artist.

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