Sacha Fabry has been a frequent attendee at committee and council meetings for the past six months, and on Thursday he said he is hopeful to continue coming to council chambers — as a sitting councillor.
“Six months ago I hadn’t necessarily decided, but if I did run, I wanted to do my homework. I wanted to understand how things are done, so on day one I’m ready to use the current processes to help move things forward,” he said.
Fabry said he is running with a goal to improve livability in Squamish. He said he wants to improve affordable housing, regional transportation and improve walking and biking in town.
He also listed updated schools, recreational facilities, and well-paying jobs as high priorities.
Fabry said his other two goals are sustainability and accountability.
“Are we making decisions with good processes, are we creating good policy, are we holding ourselves accountable, and are we holding other groups accountable as well? We’ll need to work with a lot of different groups going forward.”
Fabry moved to Squamish two years ago and said he can represent newcomers.
In July he started a petition demanding a solution to Squamish’s relatively high gas prices.
“It’s absolutely important you have people on council who have been here their whole lives and understand how the community has grown, just as much as it’s important to have people who are new to town and are equally engaged in the community,” he said.
“At the end of the day, every voice counts. Having different voices on council helps and contributes toward good policy,” he said.
Fabry attended Capilano University from 2012 to 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile.
While there, he served four years in student government, including a role as vice-president and later president of the Capilano Students’ Union. He was also chair of the Alliance of BC Students, representing 80,000 post-secondary students.
He was the Director of Sales and Business Development at Pure Metal Welding and Fabrication in Squamish before recently co-founding a consulting organization for non-profits called G3 Good Governance Group in 2017.
He has also volunteered with Scouts Canada and Katimavik.
He said his role representing students would directly translate to council.
“My governance expertise would be a huge asset. A four-year term goes by quickly — fortunately, though, through six years of governance experience, my co-founding of the Good
Governance Group (G3 Consulting), and the work that I’ve already done lobbying governments for constituents, I’ll be able to hit the ground running,” he said in a news release.