For Maple Ridge council
• Name: Chelsa Meadus.
• Residence: 13050, 240 Street, Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: Own a media company and contract neighbourhood development work (stopped working in this role Oct. 5, 2014 until results of election); Douglas College.
• Volunteer work: Cops for Cancer; Youth Centre Society; GETI fest; Golden Harvest; Black Box Cooking Contest; Salvation Army Kettle Drive; Home Show, Summer Games, Disability Games, Earth Day, Rivers Day, Communities In Bloom.
• Who do you support for mayor: Whoever the people of Maple Ridge elect, I will fully support them in their role.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: A career expanding private and public sectors. Experience in non-profit, parks and leisure services, neighbourhood development, research and programming, owned my own business. I’ve volunteered consistently a minimum of four hours a week for 18 years, giving me insight into a number of agencies and their operations.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: I am funding the campaign.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: An actions, not words campaign. Demonstrated skills, opportunities and programs I would bring if elected – engagement with live-stream video and surveys, programs, transparency, with donations listed. As a transformational leader with a proven track record, I lead by example.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: More civic, citizen and meaningful youth engagement will foster ideas, energy, solutions and community. A place where new business and soft industry take root. An eco-tourist destination promoting our natural resources, farming and history. Developing sustainably and densifying in areas with existing assets.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: Engage our citizens through programs, open communication, feedback (stations though out city), increased access to public facilities and information.