CANDIDATE: Pam Copley

Candidate for Oak Bay council in the election of Nov. 19, 2011

Pam Copley

Pam Copley

Pam Copley

Age: (did not respond)

Occupation: Heritage Planner, B.C. Public Service

Family status: Married with three grown children

Political experience: Two-term Oak Bay councillor, CRD Arts Committee, Greater Victoria Public Library Board, Tourism Victoria, Royal & McPherson Theatres Society, and seniors housing, traffic and pedestrian safety, and heritage committees

Lived in the community: 35 years

What is your single biggest issue this election?

The need for meaningful consultation and collaboration with citizens to ensure their input into key decisions impacting our community. Of particular importance are updating the Official Community Plan, infrastructure renewal, provision of housing options to meet local needs, and redevelopment of Oak Bay Lodge.

How do you hope to solve it?

By supporting responsive, accessible local government through citizen engagement in a comprehensive OCP review process; an improved, interactive website and other communications; more informal opportunities for dialogue at town hall and neighbourhood meetings, and municipal planning that addresses identified community needs and concerns.

What has council done well this term?

We continue to be committed to protecting our community’s integrity and enhancing the lives of our citizens locally and regionally through retention of community-based seniors’ housing in the public domain; development of an Active Transportation Strategy, stewardship of our natural and neighbourhood assets

What would you do on council to improve it?

We could and should do a better job of bringing residents into the local government process through public engagement activities; municipal strategic and land-use planning, including transportation infrastructure; updating our bylaws and policies; implementing strategies to make Oak Bay green, active and sustainable.