ON-COUNCIL
ACHIEVEMENTS

Elected as UBCM’s Executive Board Director at Large
Advocating for Whistler and other communities at the provincial level September 2018

New WHA Rental Building
27 units opened in Cheakamus Crossing Dec 2017

New WHA Passive Haus building
18 units in Cheakamus Crossing
Spring 2019

New Seniors Rental building
20 units opening Fall 2019

Connected Valley Trail from Nesters to Alpine

Increased Open Hours at Whistler Public Library

Free Transit Summer Weekends

Express Transit Route from Emerald to Function

NON-COUNCIL
EXPERIENCE

Recruiting Specialist
Whistler Personnel Solutions

Retail Management
Eddie Bauer Whistler

E-Commerce
Caveman Grocer

Operations and Sales
Whistler Blackcomb

Volunteer Coordinator
Whistler Half Marathon

Board Member
Whistler Housing Authority

Board Member
Whistler Animals Galore

 

VOTING RECORD

NEW EMPLOYEE RENTAL HOUSING (PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS)

7 private developers brought forward their proposals to Council to build rental housing.
VOTE: IN FAVOUR
LOGIC: Employee Rental housing developments at Rainbow, Nancy Green Drive, Cheakamus Athletes land, Whistler Mountain Ski Club, Nordic have been approved to move forward for further consideration. Jen advocated to further consider the Rainbow project, which had not been supported. Those proposals are now moving further toward approval and will enter the public realm for public discussion soon.
DATE: September 2018 COUNCIL REPORTS: 18-117

ARTIFICIAL TURF FIELD

Replacement of the gravel field at Bayly park with an artificial turf surface.
VOTE: OPPOSED
LOGIC: I feel that the price of this project did not align with the priorities of our community at this time. We get an enormous survey done each year, and "access to recreational opportunities" is one area where our community is satisfied or very satisfied. For example,  for nearly $3 million, we could have invested significantly in improving access to Kids on the Go, an after school care program which is underfunded and very over-subscribed.
DATE: June 2018 COUNCIL REPORTS: 17-017, 17-125, 18-068 

Express Transit Route from Emerald to Function

Providing faster transportation for residents of Whistler from home to work.
VOTE: IN FAVOUR
LOGIC: This route is specifically meant for residents who live and work in opposite ends of Whistler, who have long commutes because all previous routes required a stop in the village. Removing the Gondola Transit Exchange bus stop reduces travel time by 7-10 minutes, per commute. By providing this express route we have reduced the commuting time for employees who are choosing to use preferred modes of transportation and increased ridership.
DATE: October 2017 REPORTS: TMAC Agenda, TMAC Minutes

HUGE HOUSES WANTING VARIANCES

The impact that our real estate market has had over the past several years, in light of foreign buyers tax and speculation taxes in the rest of the province, we’ve seen unimaginable change in our neighborhoods. Lost rental suites. Gentrification of older cabins into large homes.
VOTE: OPPOSED
LOGIC: Our community was originally intended to be a resort which balanced the housing needs of residents with the desire of weekenders to buy a holiday home. We’ve seen many of the older homes sold, taken out of the rental pool, and redeveloped. This has shrunk the available resident rental inventory and opportunity for locals to afford a market home long-term. 
DATE: Ongoing 

GATEWAY LOOP RECONSTRUCTION $

Previous council engaged a project to re-design and open up the Gateway Loop transit and taxi arrival.
VOTE: OPPOSED
LOGIC In my opinion, the result does not address the serious issues of secure bike storage space, the heavy use of Whistler Way, the intersection of Village Gate and Northlands Blvd, nor does it meet the original budget of $3 million. Now we have a $7 million dollar bus shelter that doesn’t really achieve the objectives.
DATE: March 2015 and ongoing COUNCIL REPORT: 17-015

BAN ON UP-CYCLING Shipping Containers

Removal and ban on shipping containers in residential neighbourhoods.
VOTE: OPPOSED
LOGIC: If built with egress, cladding, and kept tidy on one’s own property, these up-cycled units can provide secure storage for homeowners who cannot otherwise afford to build a garage. I agree that they do not fit in all neighbourhoods, but I was opposed to banning them outright.
DATE: October 2015 COUNCIL REPORT: 15-066

Nesters Crossing EMPLOYEE HOUSING

Applicants asked to have a maximum of 4 employee suites per parcel, instead of 1, in this community transportation and infrastructure zone.
VOTE: IN FAVOUR
LOGIC These company owners are trying to house vital employees within their own property so that they can carry out essential services such as snow-plowing. I argued that this is a blank slate, and they have the opportunity to build it right from the beginning. There is a valley trail, adequate lighting, sidewalks, grocery stores and Meadow Park within walking distance.
DATE: July 2018 COUNCIL REPORT: 18-092