Rob Szachury is not afraid to speak his mind.
“Basically, I’m a hard ass,” said the Pemberton plumber of 14 years and father of two. “I speak my mind and I can speak for those who are scared to step up.”
At the top of Szachury’s list of priorities as a council candidate is boundary expansion, believing that Pemberton needs the Squamish Lillooet Regional District out of the valley.
“I am 100 per cent behind that,” he said. “We need to remove one layer of government. Let’s envelope the land all the way up to D’Arcy and make it Village of Pemberton and District of Pemberton. That’s paramount.”
Building vibrant business in Pemberton is a close second, with Szachury noting that there are still empty spaces in town since the last time he ran for council in 2011. While not presenting an immediate solution, he sees the need for increased communication between businesses and the VOP.
“I have a vested interest in the community to be healthy and I want to live in a healthy community, but without a healthy business community, we’ve got nothing,” said Szachury. “Do I have the answers? No. But we really need to get some dialogue going about what (businesses) want and what they need.”
The third leg of the stool comes down to recreation, and the need for a sustainable solution. A $4.8- million proposed field house was not what Szachury considers sustainable, nor was it to the 85 per cent of voters in the June referendum who voted against borrowing money for the facility.
“We spent $13,000 to have the financial package put together,” said Szachury. “They could have simply brought it to a grade 12 economics class and it probably would ha