Name: Tracy Miyashita
Occupation: health director
Facebook: Tracy Miyashita
1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be elected or re-elected as a councillor?
1. Since moving to Pitt Meadows 11 years ago, I have enjoyed being involved in many events and activities, such as Canada Day, Pitt Meadows Day, Doggie Dash, Emergency Services. I have worked with many community groups through my previous job with parks and leisure services and with my current position with Katzie First Nation. As a member of council, my personal approach has been to stay connected to the community through involvement, listening to community input and bringing those concerns and feedback to the council table. We have experienced many significant milestones as a council such as the opening of our first turf field, opening of South Bonson Community Centre, Golden Ears Bridge, and improvements to the Pitt River Bridge. There are many projects in process, such as arena renovations, the new youth action skate park, seniors centre and library. These projects are not the result of individual initiative, but are of community input, support from community groups and other levels of government, hard working staff and leadership from the current council as well as previous councils.
2. How would you act on your top priorities as Pitt Meadows councillor?
2. As a council, we will participate in strategic planning sessions to set priorities and business planning presentations this fall. We will continue to listen to the needs of the community to determine priorities for the coming years. I am committed to listening and representing the community’s needs when setting priorities and making decisions that affect quality of life in Pitt Meadows.
3. What is your position on the construction of the North Lougheed Connector and what kind of development should it serve?
3. We have spent time conducting a study on this area and gathering input from the community. This is an important piece of land that requires a well thought out plan before development. It is important to ensure that we are able to construct the North Lougheed Connector as a result of any development so that there can be traffic relief on Old Dewdney Trunk. This would assist farm vehicles on by providing commuters with an alternate route. I am concerned about agricultural land, but believe this particular parcel is more suited for a commercial/business mix due to its location along Lougheed Highway. We need good jobs and services in Pitt Meadows so that people have the opportunity to shop and work locally. Less time in cars means more family time.