Stacy Wong doesn’t live in the CRD’s Area E; however, she’s decided to run as its representative at the Cariboo Regional District.
Wong, who lives across Highway 20 from the area boundary, says she doesn’t think that will preclude her from being an “effective advocate” for the area.
Wong moved to the community six years ago with her family.
She says she decided to run for a director position with the CRD as that government body is responsible for services that contribute to quality of life for her family.
“We use the recreation facilities and are avid mountain bikers out in the area using the trails,” she says, adding the hospital is another area of CRD responsibility. Wong points out that the CRD partners with the City and with other agencies.
The future of the Sam Ketchum Memorial pool is a concern for Wong as is the creation of a prospective multiplex facility. Wong believes there is a need for an indoor walking and running track for community use in inclement weather.
In order to pay for such amenities, Wong doesn’t advocate increased taxation or increased user fees. Rather, she proposes being fiscally responsible and lobbying the provincial and federal government for infrastructure funding.
As for Area E, Wong says one of the main issues is the outstanding water and sewer issues in the Mount View/Dog Creek area.
“Everyone deserves safe water and sewer facilities,” she says.