On October 1, the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and partners Tourism Squamish, the Squamish Arts Council and The Squamish Chief, hosted the All Candidates meeting for the 2018 municipal election. Doug Munroe, Chief Academic Officer from Quest University Canada moderated the discussion.
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made the 2018 All Candidates meeting possible. This post may start to sound like an Oscar’s speech, full of thanks and air kisses, but it’s important to recognize all the people who made the event possible.
Thank you to Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) for opening the event with a welcoming ceremony. It’s an honour to live and work on the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw.
Images courtesy of Steven Chua, The Squamish Chief
Thank you to the host partners – Tourism Squamish, Squamish Arts Council, The Squamish Chief and the Squamish Chamber – who made the event happen, both financially and with people power. We are grateful to all the volunteers who stepped up to help make this important community event possible.
Huge thanks to Doug Munroe from Quest University Canada for his excellent moderation. Squamish is fortunate to be home to one of Canada’s important higher learning institutions.
Thanks also to Ocean West Media, Brian Marchant, Blue Empire Security and the District of Squamish (who provided the venue as an in-kind grant).
Perhaps the biggest thanks goes to each and every candidate who has stepped up to represent our community. The expectations of an elected official are not insignificant, and the election process is not for the faint-hearted. Just watching the candidates wait for their turn to speak to an audience of 600+, made our palms sweat. It takes passion, commitment and courage to step up to the challenge of sitting on Council.
And our final ‘thank you’ is to all the Squamish residents who turned up on Monday and who have engaged with the election process. It was standing room only, with people spilling into the hallway. If you couldn’t make it on Monday, the meeting was filmed and can be viewed below. You can also find out more about the candidates (videos and interviews) at The Squamish Chief.
Don’t forget to vote! You can vote at any of the advanced voting dates (October 10, 13, 15, and 17) and during the general election on October 20, 2018. Find out more info on voting locations here.
The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Squamish community by actively supporting business, economic growth and diversification. The Chamber takes a leadership role in advocating for the interest of Squamish business and provides member services such as networking and educational events, policy positions and partnerships with other organizations.