Carol Doyle is the latest candidate to come forward in the race for the four council seats in Gibsons.
The 72-year-old has lived in Gibsons since 1997, where she owned and operated the Jack’s Lane Bistro and Bakery until 2001 and Gift of the Eagle Gallery from 2002 to 2011, experience she said gives her “a solid understanding of the challenges facing small businesses in Gibsons.”
Doyle has also volunteered with the RCM SAR Unit 14 in Gibsons and its fundraising arm, the Gibsons Marine Rescue Society, and served as both a director and president of the Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority, which led to a two-year stint as president of the Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia.
She has also been active in the Rotary Club, the Gibsons Landing Business Association and the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce.
Before moving to the Sunshine Coast, Doyle worked in marketing with a record company in Toronto, an Ontario-based food broker and a pharmaceutical wholesaler in Alberta.
She also served as executive director of the Kelowna District Art Council, and the founding member and president of Kelowna Women in Business.
“If elected, I am committed to building on the momentum set by the current Mayor and Council, and to collaborating with all levels of government,” Doyle said in the release announcing her candidacy. “I will work with the new Mayor and my Council colleagues to facilitate sustainable economic growth; increase access to affordable and adequate housing, seniors’ care facilities, mental health services, and resources to alleviate homelessness; and to support infrastructure improvements, including those required to ensure that our water sources remain safe, particularly as our population increases. I believe that the key to our success as a Council will be communicating with, and seeking input from town staff and residents in a civil, courteous and honest fashion.”
You can hear an interview with Doyle on Coast Reporter Radio, available Friday at coastreporter.net/audio.