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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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