News Release: New candidate seeks seat on Gibsons Town Council
New Release: August 17, 2018
A Gibsons woman has announced that she is running for a local council seat in the October municipal election to “help ensure a liveable future” for the Town.
“There’s no place like Gibsons. In the 10 years I’ve lived here, I’ve come to deeply appreciate how truly lucky we are to call Gibsons home.” Aleria Ladwig said Friday. “This is a great place to live. I want to keep it that way and help ensure a liveable future here for everyone.”
Ladwig, 43, a working mother of two young children, has served on the local Advisory Planning Commission (APC) for four years, which she said has given her a better appreciation of challenges facing Gibsons.
“There’s affordable housing, increased growth, and aging infrastructure, to name just a few. I believe the choices we make over the next five to 10 years will significantly influence how our community evolves,” she said.
Ladwig is an ecosystems officer with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. She said she works from her Gibsons home office three days a week and commutes to the DFO in Vancouver the other two days. Commuter ferry service to the Lower Mainland is an issue Ladwig wants to pursue.
“A 2010 SCRD report found that ferry commuters comprised at least 12 percent of the workforce on the Sunshine Coast—that’s more than 1,500 people and many of them are Gibsons residents” said Ladwig. “Commuters own homes here, spend their city-earned salaries here, and are active volunteers. They are a big part of the community.
“I will advocate for a provincial subsidy from the Ministry of Transportation in support of a foot-passenger ferry service, at least until hourly service can be provided by BC Ferries.”
Ladwig said other issues she wants to emphasize includes advocating for Highway 101 upgrades; planning for solid waste disposal; and smart management of the town’s continuing growth.
“Through the APC, I’ve review multiple development proposals. I have seen the Town’s community vision interpreted in many different ways. This has lead to frustration for developers and confusion and debate among all of us.
“I believe that communities that clearly define and retain their unique heritage become more interesting tourist attractions and more vibrant communities to live in. Defining our heritage and character would be good for our economy and our quality of life, long term,” Ladwig said.
In advance of the formal municipal campaign that begins September 22, Ladwig’s campaign team is planning a launch and rally at Gibsons Public Market Friday, September 7 at 5 pm.