NDP candidate for Chilliwack

Meet the Candidate: Patti MacAhonic

Introducing NDP candidate for Chilliwack, Patti MacAhonic

What is your background/political experience?Patti MacAhonic, a Chilliwack resident for 23 years, is  the former Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. She has a strong business background and is committed to social justice. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, was Executive Director of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the B.C. Brain Injury Association and Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. Patti also worked for Sto:lo in economic development. Patti lobbied for legislative change for survivors and their children after being widowed with three children and was instrumental in getting Bill C37 passed in 2003. Recognized by the Minerva Foundation as a Community Leader (2007), Patti was nominated for the YWCA 2010 Women of Distinction Award. Patti has extensive leadership experience, is a proven hard worker with vision that will bring the skills necessary to be an effective representative of Chilliwack  as MLA.

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My political experience ranges from lobbying successfully for change for survivors and children of workplace fatalities, Bill C 37, 2003, to representing organizations at both provincial and federal levels on a broad range of topics and issues. With an MBA and the following experience I believe I am the most qualified candidate to be an effective MLA.

– Policy development on numerous (over 40) portfolios

– Named participant in the Cohen Inquiry

– Presented to Federal Senate Committees on Fisheries and Navigable Waters, plus provincial finance and other committees, on behalf of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, B.C. Brain Injury Association and others

– Representative for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce locally and provincially

What are the most pressing issues currently facing the riding?

On the door step, the most pressing issues are lack of affordable skills training spaces in the Fraser Valley and lack of good paying jobs. Healthcare and affordable housing for seniors, the rising costs of MSP and how things have become more and more unaffordable for families in our community, also transportation and pipeline issues.

If elected, what would be your main priority as MLA?

My main priority would be to work hard on behalf of my constituents and advocate effectively to ensure the people of Chilliwack are represented at the decision making tables as we forward to a strong economy and vibrant, sustainable future. Why should people vote for you?

People should be confidant in voting for me based on my strong background and experience. Most importantly though is that I have a solid track record of caring, for taking action and for getting results. If you are ready for change for the better in Chilliwack and our province, please come out to support me by voting on May 14th, by electing me, Patti MacAhonic, as your next MLA.

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