Sonia Furstenau

Cowichan Valley

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 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.

I have taken this approach forward into provincial politics as a MLA, where I have worked with community champions and members of other parties to deliver better outcomes for our community.

We have advanced critical infrastructure projects for Cowichan Valley, such as a new hospital for Cowichan, a public high school in Duncan, a weir on the Cowichan River, and an addictions treatment centre.

We have addressed systemic racism in the child welfare system by putting an end to destructive government policies, such as birth alerts, that have a disproportionate impact on Indigenous families.

And we have formalized the Cowichan Leadership Group, where representatives from all levels of government put aside partisan interests to focus on solutions for our community.

It's this approach to politics that makes the BC Green Party the clear choice for the 2020 election.  As BC Green Party Leader and representative for Cowichan Valley, I will ensure that we continue to work across party lines in order to do the best for my community and for all communities in BC.

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