What I see, from the middle of it all.
I know what it's like to raise a family, lead a business, and fill my downtime with abundant recreation here on the Westside. My wife and I feel so fortunate that our kids had such a special place to grow up.
But now we see how hard it is for young people and those in the early days of their families and careers. We have excellent post-secondary education just across the bridge, but once young adults try to establish careers or step into the housing market, they feel hopeless. How many people do you know who have waved their grown kids off to other cities with better opportunities for financial success?
Many of my friends are business owners and struggle to attract and retain staff. Unfortunately, the lack of accessible housing affects the workforce it takes for a business to thrive. Economics development and housing opportunities are tightly intertwined.
Can a city councillor turn global economics around? No. But there are local and provincial strategies, partnerships, and advocacy tables where a proactive council can help unlock frustration and open more opportunities for residents of all ages to stay and prosper.
No one should have to leave West Kelowna because they can't afford to live here. As your councillor, I'll explore every possibility to move us forward with improved housing attainability and economic opportunity!