On Oct. 10, all five of Chilliwack’s mayoral candidates participated in an all-candidates Q-and-A meeting at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Darren McDonald Photo)

Chilliwack’s next four years

Enthusiasim was high in the recent municipal election. Let’s keep the participation going

As the dust settles on a tumultuous municipal campaign, the real work begins.

The challenges that faced city council and the Chilliwack School Board before the election remain.

But hopefully some of the distractions are gone.

Chilliwack city council was given a clear mandate to press on with initiatives it has already begun: downtown redevelopment, action on homelessness, infrastructure improvements, and a reinvigorated commitment to enhanced public safety.

That agenda is of course tempered by the fiscal conservatism that has characterized this city for so many years. While there is a desire for progress, it will be done responsibly.

The next four years will be interesting. Although the real estate market has cooled, Chilliwack remains an attractive and affordable place to live.

It is also seen as a good place to do business, evidenced by the recent relocations of AdvanTec Global Innovations, Molson Coors, Lustre Products and other manufacturing companies.

This is important not only because of the jobs these industries create, but also the overall boost they provide the local economy.

A key part in this continued growth will be the partnerships formed with local First Nations. Land is scarce and we have an opportunity to work together to bring further economic development that will benefit everyone.

Growth, of course, brings its own challenges. And that will be something the new school board will face. Not only is it dealing with expanded enrolment, it is planning for the addition of at least one, if not two, new schools.

What won’t be an issue is the SOGI 123 resource. A majority of trustees on the board support the resource, as did a telling 68 per cent of the electorate.

With that distraction gone, trustees can focus on issues like overcrowding, student achievement, parent involvement, and ensuring an adequate number of qualified staff are in place to teach our next generation of leaders.

It will be an exciting four years, but they don’t have to be watched from the sidelines. There are opportunities to stay involved: volunteer on a city council committee, join a Parent Advisory Council, or simply stay informed and in touch with elected representatives.

Chilliwack enjoyed a strong voter turnout this election.

Let’s keep that enthusiasm going.

~ Greg Knill, Chillilwack Progress

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack councillor has a message to share amid this time of fear: ‘there is hope’

‘I realize there’s much more than fear and worry… there is new life and there is community’: Jason Lum

Trailer severely damaged in Sunday morning fire in downtown Chilliwack

Two people were sleeping in the trailer at the time, but they managed to get out with their dog

Mayor reacts to suggestion to ship those in quarantine from the DTES to Chilliwack

‘People do best when they stay where they have supports already in place,’ stated Chilliwack mayor

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Small Chilliwack grocery business offering free home delivery during COVID-19 pandemic

Dickens Sweets taking over-the-phone orders, won’t be charging to deliver it right to your doorstep

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

IN DEPTH: How B.C. emptied its hospitals to prepare for COVID-19

Thousands of beds have been freed up, but patients and seniors have had to sacrifice

Crucial details of Ottawa’s proposed wage subsidy program expected today

The government has rolled out a bailout package totalling more than $200 billion

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 morning update: Olympics delayed one year; 12,000 health care workers infected

Comprehensive world news update: Lockdown in UK showing signs of hope

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

Most Read