I worked along side Anne Skipsey at the City of Burnaby for a number of years. Anne worked closely with both City Council and staff while developing a substantive knowledge of the workings of local government. We were all sorry to see Anne leave as she had a very bright future with the City but we could not compete with her opportunity to return home to Qualicum Beach. I whole heartedly endorse Anne’s candidacy.
I had the privilege of working with Anne when she was employed at the City of Burnaby in the Clerks Office. I was very excited to collaborate with Anne as a council colleague at the FCM and UBCM conventions during her last term as a Councillor of the Town of Qualicum Beach. Anne's deep roots in the community and her vast expeience in the local governmet both as an employee and an elected official is an incredible asset for her in serving her constituents.
When Anne was our Deputy City Clerk in Burnaby I was on City Council. She was an exemplary employee, always fair with everyone, and willing to go the extra mile to help staff and elected persons and the community who made enquiries. We felt that her concern for the community was very real. She had an ability to work with others and help create a pleasant work space . Anne was dependable and self motivated. She gave the Council guidance so we could know what was correct /legal to do. When I heard she was running for your Council I had to say “You are so lucky to have her”!
Anna and Anne went to school together at KSS and reconnected as mothers through their young children when both returned to Qualicum Beach with their families.
The first time I saw Anne was at an All Candidates Meeting in 2014. I had been attending council meetings since I moved to Qualicum Beach in 2012. I was blown away with Anne’s in-depth understanding of issues I had been puzzling over. The way she spoke: respectfully, thoughtfully, her commitment to citizen’s voices all struck a deep chord in me.
Once Anne was elected, topping the 2014 poll for councillor, her voice on the council continued to be one of respect, extensive research on every topic, and champion of citizen concerns. Whether the topic was financial, social justice, environment, aging infrastructure, new development, Anne’s research settled her decisions on these topics into what would serve current and future citizens. Request some of the videos of council from this time to see for yourself the nature of Anne’s voice for you.
I am voting for Anne. She represents everyday citizens today and into the future. I want our town to keep its character while moving forward to embrace change and the challenges of climate, housing, aging infrastructure, tourism, business and other pressing issues.
If you get a chance to attend a zoom hosting with Anne, take it. You will be able to see for yourself Anne’s trustworthy character.