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Message from the Chair

I am proud to be the Board Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional District, a group of coastal communities offering both small-town and rural lifestyles. It has a growing full-time population of nearly 28,000 with thousands of additional summer residents. Located northwest of Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast is a 40-minute ferry ride or short float-plane flight from the mainland. For both residents and tourists, Coast culture offers arts, crafts, and a combination of indoor and outdoor recreation. Galleries and studios showcase local creative endeavour; scenic coastal waters are a favourite among boaters; and forested mountains with trails are ideal for hikers, as well as bike and ATV enthusiasts. Our recreation centres and community schools offer a variety of year-round activities for all ages.

As elected representatives, regional district board members recognize that we are mandated to maintain the lifestyles of the people who live on the Sunshine Coast. By forming collaborative municipal and electoral area partnerships, we serve the best interests of everyone. Our role is to provide good government, accessible services, economic development, and environmental sustainability for the people and communities we serve.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District Board and staff produce an annual strategic plan that sets goals for the provision of services. Programs include emission reduction, water protection, solid-waste management, and transportation. These reflect just a few of the priorities that shape our community’s vision.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District has dedicated staff, hard-working volunteers, and concerned citizens, all of whom take an active role in ensuring the quality of life on the Coast. There are many opportunities for citizens to participate in governance—by completing surveys, participating in advisory groups, and attending budget, board, and standing committee meetings. Together we can develop strategies to manage change and conserve our natural resources in order to meet the needs of both current residents and future generations.

Please explore our website to learn more about our services and what you can do to strengthen your community.

Garry Nohr