Sonia Furstenau

MLA, Cowichan Valley

Over the last few years, I have learned first hand that by working together we can make extraordinary things happen.

In Shawnigan, we've had to learn how to work together out of crisis.  We have emerged as a strong, determined community that insists on protecting our watershed, and our future.

We've also worked together to achieve the goals we have for our community - through cooperation and collaboration, the Shawnigan community secured a 250-acre park that will be the anchor of our vision to be a recreational destination for hikers, cyclists, and water sport enthusiasts.  

As a CVRD Director, I've learned that the best way to represent my constituents is by working collaboratively with my fellow directors and across jurisdictions.  I have also been determined to empower people in the community by bringing people into the decision-making process and always ensuring that there is opportunity for input.

It's this approach to politics that makes the BC Green Party the clear choice for the 2017 election.  As a BC Green Party representative, I will ensure that we work across party lines in order to do the best for my community and for all communities in BC. 

About Sonia

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Sonia was elected in 2014 as Area B Director for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) in the midst of a contentious battle between the community and the provincial government over a contaminated landfill site. Sonia has worked together with the people of Shawnigan to help build a community of engaged and empowered citizens.

Prior to being elected, Sonia taught high school in Victoria and Shawnigan Lake. She has a BA and MA in History from UVic. She has been involved in grass-roots advocacy since 2000 with Results Canada and Citizens Climate Lobby, and she very much believes that a community working together cooperatively is the most powerful force there is for positive change.

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