Friday, October 14, 2011

Jack Thornburgh running for North Saanich Council

From the Peninsula News:

By Contributed - Peninsula News Review
Published: October 14, 2011 1:00 AM
North Saanich resident Jack Thornburgh announced his bid for a seat on North Saanich council.

Thornburgh has served as a city councillor on Port Alberni city council, and returned to the Saanich Peninsula five years ago. He is a volunteer fundraiser for the Peninsula Streams Society, and serves on the North Saanich Environmental Advisory Commission. An active member of St. John’s United Church, he also coaches track and field for the Peninsula Track Club.

In Port Alberni, Thornburgh was managing director and family counsellor with the Port Alberni Family Guidance Association for 17 years. He co-founded the Port Alberni Non-profit Housing Association, which builds and manages affordable housing, and served on the board of the Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Thornburgh, who holds a master’s degree in counselling, works part-time for Sidney SeniorCare and enjoys choral singing and cycling. Describing his vision for North Saanich, he said: “More units of affordable housing, like some of the creative townhouse plans available, would assist young families establish themselves and give opportunity for retirees to downsize while remaining in their community. North Saanich is already participating regionally in proposals that promote these types of options.

“Preservation of agricultural land and stewardship of streams and the marine environment would also be a priority. Another is completion of an integrated bike lane system, so that recreational cycling and bicycle commuting are a safe and healthy option.”

Past experience in municipal politics has been of great benefit, Thornburgh said.

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