Alanna Gillis declares run for council seat

Local businesswoman aims to foster caring and connection in Squamish

Councillor candidate Alanna Gillis says humanity is missing from much of the debates around important issues in Squamish, and she would like that to change.

Her platform will focus on seeing the connections between complex issues, building partnerships and strong relationships as well as caring for the environment. 

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"The driving force of my platform is care for place (environment), livability and community heart," she said on her campaign website.

According to her LinkedIn, Gillis has a background in business and life coaching and was with the British Columbia Utilities Commission for four years, the last two years of which she served as the director of performance monitoring, conduct and compliance.

"I've had the opportunity to work as a public servant in energy and healthcare regulation, leading teams, building departments and learning about public process and government. I've been part of consulting teams working with municipalities on asset and facility management, sustainable community development and a project to assess capital needs to maintain existing social housing stock in Canada," she said in a news release about her run for council.

She holds a masters degree in public policy from SFU, which she said is an education that informs her approach to looking at complex issues.

"My coaching and leadership training, empower me to see beyond myself to others, to listen deeply, to dare to be me."

Gillis came to Squamish in 2014 driven by "a love of nature and the natural environment."

She acknowledged she would have a lot to learn to take on the role of a Squamish councillor, but she said she is ready, able and willing.

"The commitment reaches beyond this singular event  — election — to the day after, and the next, and the next. My commitment is to a vision so much bigger than me."

**Please note, the original story had links to the candidate's campaign pages. These weren't included in other candidate profiles, so we have removed them from this story. It was an oversight. 

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