I am inspired every day by the incredible groups who work together to tackle Cowichan’s many challenges and needs.

We give voice to a wide variety of issues, including watershed protection, child wellness, infrastructure upgrades for health and education, and First Nations’ leadership support.

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Response from Minister Whiteside on Safety in Schools

Earlier this week, I received a response from Minister Whiteside’s office regarding a letter I had sent last month about COVID-19 safety guidelines in BC schools. After speaking with the Cowichan Valley Teacher’s Union, I issued a request for the Ministry to provide clear direction for families returning from travel after the holiday winter break. …

Response from Minister Conroy on Old Growth Protection

Last November, I wrote to Katrine Conroy’s office asking for her Ministry to assist the Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) with their plan to purchase an additional six acres of old growth that were once part of the Wildwood Ecoforest. Aside from protecting these ancient trees, the purchase of this land would’ve brought new jobs to …

Job Opportunity in Our Office

The Constituency Assistant – Communications (CA-Comms) is an employee responsible for the administration of the constituency office of a member of the legislative assembly (MLA). They are responsible for a diverse set of administrative and communications responsibilities, with a focus on excellent customer service. They manage and respond to constituent casework on a strictly confidential …

Our First Newsletter

Starting this week, my constituency office will be releasing newsletter updates on my work in the BC Legislature, activities in the Cowichan Valley, and the most current information on COVID-19. You can access a copy of the first newsletter here. If you’d like to receive them on a regular basis, please sign up using this …

Letter: Reconsider Rules Banning Non-Food Vendors from Markets

This week, I wrote a letter to Minister Dix asking that he and Dr. Bonnie Henry reconsider the recent public health order they issued, which restricts non-food items from being sold at farmer’s markets. Click the photo below to read the letter I sent: Transcript: Dear Minister Dix, I recognize the enormous burden on you …

Letter: Supporting the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

This week, I wrote a letter to the new Minister of Finance, Selina Robinson, asking her to consider allocating funds for civic theatres, like the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, who have struggled disproportionately during COVID-19. Click the photo below to read the letter I sent: Transcript: Dear Minister Robinson, Today, I am reaching out to …

Budget Estimates 2020: Old Growth Forests

Today in budget estimates, I asked the Minister of FLNRORD a question about old-growth forest management. Public information available on the government website is inconsistent. I asked if the government will accurately represent what type of old forest remains, and if they will show the difference between productive old forests that support large trees and …

Domestic Violence and Isolation

If you are experiencing domestic violence and in need of support, please reach out to Victim Link BC at 1-800-563-0808 or email help@bc211.ca. These supports are available 24-7. As we look ahead to more weeks, and possibly months, of some level of self-isolation, the toll on individuals and families continues to grow.   And while we …

Question Period: COVID 19 response

Today, in an extraordinary legislative session, a small quorum of MLAs came together to pass a supply bill to provide authority to the government to fund a COVID 19 response. During Question Period, I asked two questions: The first about how the COVID 19 response would support the homeless population, and the second, how it …

Constituency Office Closed

After considering the latest information about the spread of COVID-19, our constituency office will be closed to walk-ins.   We will continue to serve constituents on provincial matters by phone or email. Contact us at at 250 715 2792 or sonia.furstenau.mla@leg.bc.ca.

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