The Observer asked Jay Simpson and Will Hansma, the two candidates running to represent Area F, North Shuswap-Seymour Arm at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board of directors’ table, to provide a short bio as well as answer the question: What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your electoral area and what solution to that problem do you propose?
I live on a small farm in Lee Creek with my wife Angela, daughter Petra and a host of sheep, chickens and goats. I’ve lived here for more than 18 years but have had the North Shuswap in my blood since I was born, a lot more than 18 years ago. I’ve enjoy working in the community and have had positions as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Health Centre Society, Chair of the APC and Director on the North Shuswap Incorporation Committee. I look forward to continuing my community service as Area F representative to the CSRD.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your electoral area and what solution to that problem do you propose?
Our most pressing issue is lack of population. Our population has decreased by more than 10% over the last 10 years and keeping restaurants and other services open over the winter, let alone adding any, is difficult. The solution is to revise the Official Community Plan and the associated bylaws to reduce impediments to reasonable development, and more affordable housing. We need to allow secondary suites, townhomes and independent living facilities. This will enhance opportunities for our seniors to stay local and for more workers and families to find reasonable housing in our community.