gilakas’la / čɛčɛ haθɛč,  I am grateful and honoured to live work and play in the water, on the land and through the forests that are the unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation

What is it about Wendy?

Wendy is a lifelong Comox Valley resident committed to creating a vibrant community for all citizens, where all voices are heard.

She is seeking re-election to continue building on the accomplishments and vision of the current council.

Governing as a newly elected official during a global pandemic was a unique experience (to put it mildly) that presented challenges that she believes she and her colleagues rose to with tenacity and resilience.

She has been with her husband Joe for 38 years. Together they have four sons and seven grandchildren. In her ‘downtime’ she revels in the outdoors – camping, kayaking, swimming, light hiking, and cycling on her ebike. She also enjoys reading and creative pursuits such as art, theatre, writing, and cooking.

Any time with her grandchildren brings her tremendous joy. Wendy is always cognizant of the future she’ll be leaving to them and considers them in decision-making, whether that’s around housing, the environment, or ensuring youth voices are heard.

Wendy has a varied work history including commercial fishing, print media & service industries, and social services. She is currently on leave from her counselling position working with youth and families.

Almost 24 years ago she founded the Comox Valley Girls Group, providing supports and empowerment opportunities for preteens to young adults. In this capacity she developed a leadership training model, with dozens of young women completing the training. She has also contributed to national research and best practices in this field.

She has served as assistant chief steward for the Health Sciences Association and chief steward of her local of the Newspaper Guild (now the CWA). She is a past United Way and Boys and Girls Club board member, and local Red Cross fundraising coordinator. She is an active supporter of the arts community, and has been involved in numerous community theatre productions as a producer, on stage, and backstage. 

Wendy is also a proud supporter of the Kus-kus-sum project, conservation and stewardship groups, the Cumberland Community Forest Society, Downtown Courtenay merchants, local businesses, and food producers.