Q & A's with Maja Tait

What are your top three priorities as you seek office?

  • Sooke is a rapidly growing community. We need to focus on maintaining our infrastructure, natural wild spaces, while preparing and planning for the growth we know is coming.

  • Orientation of our new council that includes council procedures, forging a strong relationship with staff while understanding their responsibilities and fieldwork. Hiring a qualified and competent CAO to empower staff to fulfil council’s expectations. 

  • As Sooke comes of age, it’s time to revitalize our OCP to guide us with expected growth for the next 10 years while ensuring we keep what we love about our oceanside community 

 

What is your vision for Sooke over the next 4 years?

Together we can honour Sooke’s traditions and build a safe, caring vibrant community that leaves no one behind. As your Re-elected Mayor, my vision is to:

  • Get provincial commitment to expand access to family physicians and community health services
  • Focus on Sooke’s Town Centre to invigorate our commercial core and encourage new businesses and local employment.
  • Advocate purpose-built affordable housing, day care options, and for improved public transit and Hwy 14 improvements
  • Expand youth, families and seniors recreational and community services
  • Champion ongoing neighbourhood walking paths and trail connections
  • Support not-for-profit community groups involved in green initiatives, recreation, cultural activities and the arts
  • Make sure our community plans prepare us for wise development and is balanced with the necessary infrastructure improvements and emergency services.

 

Sooke's Arts Community

What benefits do the arts bring to our community?

"As the lively arts community in Sooke exemplifies, the arts support a vibrant, engaged, community minded population. The musical, fine arts and literary arts in Sooke are building a rich legacy for our community.  The legendary Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra offers world class music in our small town. The annual Blue Grass Festival celebrates music in a beautiful natural setting. The Sooke Fine Arts Show (SFA) is a fantastic local event with a well-deserved international reputation for excellence. Annually, it attracts more than 8,000 art tourists to Sooke and generates over $600,000 for the local economy, encouraging local businesses, services, and providing employment opportunities. The SFA, Philharmonic, and Blue Grass Festival nurture and showcase Sooke’s vibrant arts community and can enhance everyone’s quality of life." 

What role do you believe Sooke municipal governments should have in supporting the arts?

"Because of the arts’ multi-faceted benefits to communities, municipalities need to play active roles in supporting the arts. I supported streamlining and simplifying the Community Grants program in 2017, which provides support for new arts initiatives. Letters of support can also be influential and making multipurpose municipal spaces available to the arts can also be helpful. Ongoing municipal advocacy can help sustain successful arts events and support them to give birth to new initiatives.  I have seen this locally with the transformation of funding for the Community Fine Arts Council, the Philharmonic, and the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Society into line items in the annual budget. A second generation of municipally supported arts programs has arrived with the Harmony Project offering musical education and performance opportunities to school children, drawing on the expertise of Sooke Philharmonic musicians."

Is there anything else regarding the arts that you would like to communicate to voters?
"Sooke has a beautiful variety of festivals, events, celebrations, local skills and talents. We encourage you to experience what our municipality has to offer in all aspects of the arts. Come visit and volunteer!"

 

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What are your top three priorities as you seek office?

  • Sooke is a rapidly growing community. We need to focus on maintaining our infrastructure, natural wild spaces, while preparing and planning for the growth we know is coming.

  • Orientation of our new council that includes council procedures, forging a strong relationship with staff while understanding their responsibilities and fieldwork. Hiring a qualified and competent CAO to empower staff to fulfil council’s expectations. 

  • As Sooke comes of age, it’s time to revitalize our OCP to guide us with expected growth for the next 10 years while ensuring we keep what we love about our oceanside community 

 

What is your vision for Sooke over the next 4 years?

Together we can honour Sooke’s traditions and build a safe, caring vibrant community that leaves no one behind. As your Re-elected Mayor, my vision is to:

  • Get provincial commitment to expand access to family physicians and community health services
  • Focus on Sooke’s Town Centre to invigorate our commercial core and encourage new businesses and local employment.
  • Advocate purpose-built affordable housing, day care options, and for improved public transit and Hwy 14 improvements
  • Expand youth, families and seniors recreational and community services
  • Champion ongoing neighbourhood walking paths and trail connections
  • Support not-for-profit community groups involved in green initiatives, recreation, cultural activities and the arts
  • Make sure our community plans prepare us for wise development and is balanced with the necessary infrastructure improvements and emergency services.

 

Sooke's Arts Community

What benefits do the arts bring to our community?

"As the lively arts community in Sooke exemplifies, the arts support a vibrant, engaged, community minded population. The musical, fine arts and literary arts in Sooke are building a rich legacy for our community.  The legendary Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra offers world class music in our small town. The annual Blue Grass Festival celebrates music in a beautiful natural setting. The Sooke Fine Arts Show (SFA) is a fantastic local event with a well-deserved international reputation for excellence. Annually, it attracts more than 8,000 art tourists to Sooke and generates over $600,000 for the local economy, encouraging local businesses, services, and providing employment opportunities. The SFA, Philharmonic, and Blue Grass Festival nurture and showcase Sooke’s vibrant arts community and can enhance everyone’s quality of life." 

What role do you believe Sooke municipal governments should have in supporting the arts?

"Because of the arts’ multi-faceted benefits to communities, municipalities need to play active roles in supporting the arts. I supported streamlining and simplifying the Community Grants program in 2017, which provides support for new arts initiatives. Letters of support can also be influential and making multipurpose municipal spaces available to the arts can also be helpful. Ongoing municipal advocacy can help sustain successful arts events and support them to give birth to new initiatives.  I have seen this locally with the transformation of funding for the Community Fine Arts Council, the Philharmonic, and the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Society into line items in the annual budget. A second generation of municipally supported arts programs has arrived with the Harmony Project offering musical education and performance opportunities to school children, drawing on the expertise of Sooke Philharmonic musicians."

Is there anything else regarding the arts that you would like to communicate to voters?
"Sooke has a beautiful variety of festivals, events, celebrations, local skills and talents. We encourage you to experience what our municipality has to offer in all aspects of the arts. Come visit and volunteer!"