Name: Fred Haynes.
Occupation: Business owner.
Describe your relevant background:
I’m an independent candidate with a history of grass roots involvement. I am not a career politician. To work for you I bring 11 years of experience and initiatives on local community and environmental boards, 25 years as a business owner, and a Ph.D. in bioscience.
Raising three sons with my wife, I understand the demands faced by Saanich families and the pressures on local businesses. Community service, engaged citizens and responsive government are core values. I’ve volunteered since being on my local Municipal Youth Council.
Track Record in Saanich – as chair of the Community Association Network, a member of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee and the UVictoria Community Liaison Committee I understand neighborhood concerns. As President of the Saanich Legacy Foundation I have supported arts and culture including Music in The Park, KidsFUNd and the Little Spirits Garden.
As President of the Prospect Lake Preservation Society, and a Director of the Peninsula Stream Society I have helped protect our watershed and environment. To support local foods I founded the seasonal Local Foods Country Market at Prospect Lake and as President of the Prospect Lake Community Association I facilitated the community support for the $350,00 refurbishment of our community hall.
How would you be a beneficial voice on Saanich council?
I will work to deliver a Saanich where families 25 years on can continue to afford to live, work and raise their children. While Saanich is a fabulous place today, we deserve better solutions for addressing sustainability, costs of living for all ages, governance that engages residents and climate change.
For me, sustainability includes our environment, communities, food, lifestyles and culture, transportation, jobs and economy. On governance I ask for structured formal access to Councilors who are CRD Directors, a protocol for open mic at the start of council and committees, and live web streaming of council meetings. I support the task force on food security.
I believe we should utilize the kitchen scraps program to improve our farmland. I support initiatives on local streams, Integrated Storm Water Management, and improved solutions to manage our sewage, including harvesting the water and biosolids.
I ask for a task force on affordable workplace and retirement home ownership and a municipal focus on growing family sustaining jobs.
To find cost efficiencies, I ask for consultation with ALL staff and a review of our regional partnerships, including harmonizing regional building practices. An expanded economic base, plus cost efficiencies reduces pressures on residential taxes.
What is your campaign slogan or guiding principle:
New Ideas and a Fresh Approach. Our Saanich: sustainable, affordable, and livable.