Maxwell brings years of environmental, volunteer experience to campaign

Issues include OCP, global warming and fiscal responsibility

Before she officially filed her nomination papers to run for council Sue Maxwell did her research.

“I talked to the existing council,” she said. “A lot of them talked about working together as a team and having different opinions, but being respectful of each other.”

Before undertaking such a big commitment she asked them about balancing life and council obligations, as well as their areas of interest to determine what she could offer. “I think the councillors felt I had some ability to be collaborative and work well on a team,” Maxwell said. “Everyone who could signed my nomination paper.”

Maxwell has volunteered with local organizations and committees ranging from the Recycling Council of BC to the Squamish Lillooet Regional District’s Solid Waste Plan Monitoring Committee to the community advisory group for the Official Community Plan (OCP). In 2008, she started her own business called Ecoinspire, which offers planning, program and waste management expertise.

To that end, much of her platform focuses on environmental issues, but Maxwell said if elected she would also focus on creating a new OCP, and developing better relationships with neighbouring First Nations, whose joint petition led to the B.C. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year the OCP did not include enough consultation with them.

“Once we start having those conversations, we might find maybe there are some pieces of the OCP that aren’t controversial that can be passed,” she said. “We need to build relationships and find out what things we have in common.”

Other issues include planning ahead for changes to the Resort Municipality Initiative — which funds the Festival Events and Animation program — as well as diversifying the local economy and looking at problems that could arise with global warming.

“I have only met one person so far who said they’re not going to vote because it doesn’t impact them,” she said.
“We have smart, caring people here. We need to harness their ideas to become a stronger community.”

For more information visit Maxwell’s website at suemaxwell.com.

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