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Furstenau thanks supporters for first year as B.C. Green leader

September 14, 2021

VICTORIA B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Green Party, released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of her election as leader:

“As I reflect on my first year as leader of the B.C. Greens, I am truly overcome with gratitude for those who have supported me along the way. In particular, I want to thank the members of our party, my incredible caucus colleague Adam Olsen and our hard-working staff teams.

"The last 18 months have been more challenging and difficult than we could have imagined, and we can see how overlapping crises - including the pandemic, climate change, inequality, lack of housing - are straining all of us and our systems. And we've also seen how people have pulled together in our communities and across the province.  But we need a more collaborative, cooperative model of leadership in our province, and I'm committed to demonstrating that working together is the best way we can serve the people of B.C.

“Over the next year and beyond, I will continue to work alongside British Columbians to bring forward these solutions, give British Columbians a new voice, and lift people up. We are so much better off when we work together. This is true both inside and outside of government, and it is how we will build a future where everyone’s needs are met and everyone can reach their full potential.”

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, added:

“It is an immense privilege to work alongside Sonia as leader of the B.C. Greens. She is a relentless advocate and compassionate leader - something so many people in BC need right now. 

“Last year’s provincial election, beginning just one week after Sonia became leader, was partly called to catch us off guard. But what it actually did was give British Columbians their first opportunity to get to know Sonia - and they liked what they saw. Since then, our party has grown its membership, broken new fundraising records, and continued to play a vital, outsized role in the legislature.

“I raise my hands to Sonia, and look forward to many more years working with her as leader of the B.C. Greens.”

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