B.C. Greens Set to Declare MLA Nominee for Juan de Fuca-Malahat at Final Voting Event with Sonia Furstenau

May 07, 2024

Lək̓ʷəŋən [Lekwungen] Territory / Victoria, B.C. — The B.C. Greens invite Juan de Fuca-Malahat residents and media to join Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens, for our candidate nomination meeting on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:30 PM at the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre. 

This event will mark the final voting day of the nomination contest for the Juan de Fuca-Malahat (JFM) MLA candidate, culminating in the announcement of either David Evans or Kathy Code as the selected candidate.

“The communities within Juan de Fuca-Malahat have distinct identities and needs, particularly regarding water management and sustainable development,” said Sonia Furstenau. “Our nominee will be someone who not only understands these issues but has actionable plans to address them, such as enhancing local water strategies and supporting community-driven environmental initiatives.”

David Evans, a respected entrepreneur in the Juan de Fuca-Malahat region, is the founder of The Stick in the Mud Coffee House, a local favourite now operating as a community cooperative. Holding a communications degree, Evans brings extensive experience in media, including work in radio and magazine journalism. Originally a horticulturist, he has successfully transitioned to running a sustainable coffee wholesale business, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to sustainability and deep community engagement. 

Kathy Code, a native of Victoria with a rich background in psychology, political science, and environmental management, has served in various roles within the B.C. government, primarily focusing on social services, and rural and economic development. An active community volunteer, Kathy has been involved with notable organizations like the Ecoforestry Institute Society and the Fairy Creek legal and media teams. Her extensive contributions have helped advance environmental advocacy and community-driven initiatives.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with the nomination candidates, understanding their perspectives and solutions on pressing regional issues before members finish casting their votes. The vote is being conducted online by ranked ballot, including a “None of the above” option. The event is accessible to all, with options for both in-person attendance and online participation. The nominee will be announced at the event after voting closes at 3:30 PM.

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This nomination contest is about more than selecting a candidate; it’s about ensuring our next MLA is a true advocate and voice for the community.

“Our candidates have shown outstanding dedication and understanding of the regional challenges and opportunities we face,” added Furstenau. “The selected nominee will be tasked with championing the specific needs of our communities, ensuring that each voice is heard and that our collective future reflects the values and aspirations of Juan de Fuca-Malahat.”


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Established in February 1983, the B.C. Green Party holds the distinction of being North America’s oldest Green Party. Our policies comprehensively address a broad array of public concerns, with a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social justice. We advocate for a government that upholds democratic principles and makes evidence-based decisions.

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