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3 Questions with Gaby Wickstrom, Mayor of Port McNeill

1. What excites you about the annual State of the Island Economic Summit and what conversation are you most looking forward to having at this year’s Summit?

I am most looking forward to the sessions dealing with overcoming, assessing possibilities and anything to do with business as we know it in this COVID age. I want to be able to help people in our region think outside their boxes and figure out how to remain viable despite the challenges they are facing. I am also interested in how municipalities can improve processes in order to attract more development.

2. What do you wish other people knew about VIEA and what role do you see VIEA playing in helping to advance the Island region through economic recovery and beyond?

I want people to know that VIEA isn’t a fluff organization. They have always sought out initiatives that benefit the Island. During COVID they stepped up and provided many information sessions for their stakeholders.

3. What advice do you have for other leaders on Vancouver Island as we approach the end of 2020 and look ahead to 2021?

Don’t operate our of fear. Be ready to pivot and adapt at a moments notice. An obstacle is an opportunity to be extraordinary.


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