Barbara Price is running for re-election as a Comox Councillor. ‘It is a privilege to represent Comox citizens on Council,’ said Price who was elected as a Councillor for two terms and as a Regional Director for four. Her broad range of committees served on include the environment, health, food security, transportation, affordable housing and the economy and she is also elected Second Vice President of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC.) Before raising a family in Comox, Price worked as a planner and has a Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning.
Price is a well known advocate for a healthy community with plenty of green space and connected trails. She was instrumental in the protection of Macdonald Wood Park and the Comox North East Woods. Recently, under her leadership as President of the Friends of Comox-Lazo Forest Reserve (FOCLFR), the Friends were successful in lobbying for the preservation of the remaining forested Crown Land in the North East section. Price also serves as chair of the co-management committee for the Comox-Lazo Conservation Area. Working with other levels of government, the trail system is undergoing improvement including bridge building and establishing a loop route. Dr Bill Halliday, Board member of FOCLFR said, ‘the Town is lucky to have Barbara. The North East Woods wouldn’t exist or thrive without her.’
Price spearheaded a grant through Council that brought Active School Travel Planning to Comox. The aim is to create safer, healthier travel for children and to end traffic jams around schools. Being responsive to the concerns of the neighbourhood, is also high on her agenda. “I listen when a neighbourhood speaks,” said Price, who championed the introduction of a neighbourhood consultation process prior to developers submitting planning applications.
Price is currently working with the Comox Business in Action (BIA) to bring back the popular Heritage Week Celebrations which she first introduced in 1991.
Living on the Comox Penninsula for over 30 years, Price is committed to working with the community to bring about positive changes. ‘Comox is one of the most beautiful places in the world’ said Barbara Price ‘and I want to ensure that the quality of life that drew us here is protected and nurtured for now and future generations.’