Name: Geraldine Manson
Twelve years of experience serving as a council member for Snuneymuxw First Nation. Over 17 years as cultural/elders advisor. A lifelong resident of Nanaimo and a valued leader and mentor. Spearheaded the Justice Circle within the community with many success stories emanating from that experience.
At present, elder-in-resident at Vancouver Island University, sharing traditional knowledge working with all programs within the Health and Human Services area, while providing traditional curriculum for these programs.
Holds valuable cultural knowledge rooted in the traditions and wisdom of all communities. Being very knowledgeable in the archaeological field, being a liaison for the nation whenever there have been Archaeological projects taking place within the City of Nanaimo.
Why are you running for public office?
Strengthen the voice for women’s rights, education and culture between communities.
To recognize and take into consideration that there are differences in cultures, different ways of living, different generations and different income levels for those living within the City of Nanaimo.
What priorities are important to you?
Building bridges by listening and responding to the voices rarely heard from all walks of life within the community of Nanaimo.
Acting with respect – respect toward individuals and community.
Transparency and accountability will be achieved through ongoing communications via social media, updating the community on a bi-weekly basis.
Being the voice, the legs and eyes for all those who cannot do so. In order to determine a course of action, the power of community lies in everyone being valued and engaged.