If an election was a musical, right about now I’d be breaking into ‘Life is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane. I have done my homework, I’m filing the paperwork, I’m making the calls and I’m staying up later than usual because we’re in the pre-election period and this is a place I thrive in. We’re through the angst/anguish of asking why would I even want to do this? We’re past the fear of making those first calls for help. We’ve sung the team song and are choreographing the main production. I am posting my original media release below. I am grateful that the Campbell River Mirror reached out to delve more deeply into my reasons for running, but they dropped some information that I think people might want to know – my experience and skills – to decide that I deserve their vote.
Crises demand bold actions from City Hall
Sue Moen believes she will be an effective, thoughtful, and bold Councillor.
We are living within multiple crises. “People understandably react in fear and many, including Mayor and Council have taken to identifying our challenges and the people affected by them as problems. This perspective, more than anything else galvanized me to step forward as a candidate for city Council. I want to participate in solutions.” says Sue Moen. “Collectively we have the answers we need. We need elected people who will take the necessary steps to implement them. ”
Moen fell in love with Campbell River when she moved downtown from a Black Creek hobby farm three years ago with her partner and their family of four-legged companions. She describes herself as an uninvited guest on the traditional lands of the Ligwiłda’xw people, committed to decolonization. She is the Supportive Housing Services Manager with the Salvation Army and sits on the coordinating committee for the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness. Sue believes housing is a human right and the city has several tools that would make a difference, but has not been using them effectively.
Sue has been a banker, a small business owner and a farm labourer. She has worked in retail, education, arts and culture, tourism and in the non-profit sector. Her wealth of experience including ongoing study in anything she is enthusiastic about will serve her well as a city Councillor and as an advocate for all residents. She knows that gathering and talking opens doors for understanding each other.
Sue has worked in food security for thirty years and for the last eight years has been co-manager of the Campbell River Farmer’s Market. Sue is an active member of the Canada Day Committee and has led the recycling/clean-up crew for several years. She knows we must change how we do business, how we interact with our natural and built environments and how we move through community. She believes in using local expertise and experience to re-localize parts of our economy. Urban agriculture and food security projects; remediation of natural eco-systems; energy and waste systems management and local manufacturing, light industry and building attainable and diverse housing – all can be done responsibly and locally.
“I want to be a voice in City Hall to bring imaginative and immediate solutions to improve community health and connectedness, and tackle the multiple crises we face,” says Moen. “There are amazing individuals, agencies and groups working every day to make Campbell River’s future brighter. City Hall should be the biggest cheerleader and catalyst for that work. That’s what I would bring.”