Arts and culture are at the heart of every healthy community and our town has a lot to offer. High Rock Park, Macaulay Point and Saxe Point are only a few examples of our protected parks and great green spaces.
Community is in the Centre
I am committed to funding community groups that contribute towards enhancing our culture and creating a sense of community and belongingness. Residents Association, Community Arts Council, Bucaneer Days Committee, Community Gardens Society, Celebration of Lights, Lantern Festival, Bike Fest and Rib Fest are only a few of the growing volunteer groups that make things happen in our town and I will continue supporting groups and events that are family friendly.
Public art is a great way to engage our community and enrich our culture. I believe that public art contributes to community pride, increases attractiveness of our community and serves as catalyst to economic development and tourism. Esquimalt has a Public Art Policy that should be updated to reflect the changing needs of our community.
We have no shortage of local artists and I am committed to finding ways to support our artists and accommodate permanent and temporary arts and culture exhibits and events throughout our town. I believe arts and culture are at the centre of every engaged community.