The Saanich North and the Islands constituency office delivers exceptional service and is recognized as a leader in British Columbia in engaging the public and increasing participation in our provincial democracy.
It’s our goal and vision to have a vibrant constituency office that connects you to your government, provides you with a way to offer ideas, finds solutions to our common challenges, and builds stronger communities for all of us. This office is your office, it is paid for by the provincial taxpayer and it should be available for the community to use.
Our approach is part service centre and part laboratory. There are three main functions of the office and staff:
- Help constituents access the services they need,
- Provide a space for the community to gather and host events, and
- Host our own community engagement events to increase public participation in our democracy, collect ideas, and encourage creativity.
While we have ideas on how to increase public participation, we thought it would be best to encourage the community to actually participate in designing engagement tools! We have contracted a public engagement specialist to help us develop an integrated strategy to connect with you, to engage you in dialogue, workshop ideas, and find solutions to local challenges.
Our constituency office is a public space for Saanich North and the Islands, it is your office. It’s not just a space for the MLA to conduct their local business, but is a space for community groups to gather, a centre for dialogue, and a laboratory for democratic participation – testing and evaluating ideas to make our provincial governance more representative and effective.
The constituency office is available for you to use. We have a multi-purpose space with room for 20-25 people to gather and a boardroom that can comfortably hold 15 people. If your community group needs a place to meet, feel free to book either space – as long as it’s not in use – it’s yours! Email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find a time for you to use the space.
In the coming weeks we will announce various initiatives we are hosting to increase public participation in our provincial democracy. If you would like to join us to discuss these initiatives please send us an email at email@example.com and we will be sure to invite you to our planning meetings.
Aldous Sperl has an MA in Human Geography and a BA in International Relations. He has a keen interest in environmental and social policy in our province and has worked in the legislative offices of Andrew Weaver and Independent MLA Vicki Huntington. In his spare time, he is usually out on his kayak or in the mountains of Vancouver Island.
Aldous manages the office and liaises with the Legislative staff on provincial and local issues.
Ryan Clayton has a BSW from the University of Victoria. He has worked as a counsellor and a youth advocate in the past and is motivated by the desire to help others. He has served as the co-chair of the city of Vancouver’s LGBTQ committee, and recently as vice-chair of Saanich’s LGBTQ committee.
Ryan manages all casework for the office and is the first person you see as you walk in the door!