“I met Geoff about five years ago and was immediately impressed with his passion to help his community because he strongly believed that North Saanich was a great place to live in and he wanted future generations to enjoy and thrive in this beautiful part of the world for the many years to come. He had been a very active member of the community at that point and made the decision to run as Councilor. I jumped on board to help him given that long initial conversation we had in the garden over many cups of coffee behind Deep Cove General Store.
And since then, I made a friend along the way. And his family and friends became my friends – he is surrounded and supported by good people. That says something to me. And I trust him.
Throughout the years, I have becoming increasingly impressed with his listening and speaking skills. He listens to people and has meaningful discussions on a wide variety of topics and with different groups and types of people. He is a straight shooter when he needs to be and speaks in a manner that is always respectful.
In a time where we are often used to seven second sound bites, Geoff can give those but he is also hesitant to give such a response when an issue requires a fulsome and engaging debate before an issue can be decided on. From someone who teaches public policy and policy analysis, I want to see this type of discussion in the public sphere. He often asks those difficult questions and thank goodness he does. We are a better community for it.
He is very knowledgeable on many topics and critically assesses the many topics he deals with. He is not just a rubber stamper – he reads and does the research he needs to do and does so to make a well-informed and practical decision with the best interests of the community in mind – the community now and in the future.
He works very well with others and that is what I think any community needs – a team player who works well with others whether that be other councilors, other orders of government, the business community, nonprofit organizations, and residents in general.
So that is why I am helping Geoff again in this campaign. I truly believe he makes decisions based on community interests. I also support the concept that while results are important, the process is as well – and Geoff makes decisions in a collaborative, evidence-based, and inclusive manner.
So Geoff, this is why I am supporting you.”