Jeannie Kanakos has announced she will seek re-election as an independent Delta councillor in the upcoming municipal election. She is joining other independent candidates Bruce McDonald and Laura Dixon.
“I would be honoured to serve the Delta residents again and to contribute to making our good community better. It is a bonus to run with Laura Dixon and Bruce McDonald, who I respect and who have done so much for Delta,” said Kanakos.
“Jeannie brings an excellent track record as a Delta municipal councillor. She is known for being prepared and she gets things done,” said McDonald.
Kanakos’s platform focuses on the importance of sustainability in Delta.
When previously on council (2006-09), Kanakos chaired the Traffic and Safety Committee and the Cycling Committee. She was also the vice-chair of the Community Planning and Advisory Committee with the late Coun. George Hawskworth.
“I am proud of the work George and I did together and was very blessed to be mentored by him,” said Kanakos.
Kanakos also championed improved library services in Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta. “I believe in the importance of literacy and the positive role libraries play in bringing the community together,” she said.
Kanakos also supported the development and implementation of Delta’s Climate Change Initiative, in which Delta seeks to be carbon neutral by 2012.
Community wellness is high on the list of priorities for Kanakos, citing the planned expansion of the North Delta Recreation Centre, the Sungod fitness centre expansion, the Winskill Seniors Wellness Park and the Delsom turf field in North Delta.
Kanakos and her husband Nick have four grown children and they have lived in Delta for over 30 years.
Since serving on council, Kanakos has worked in the private sector and now manages her own consulting business which advises on board governance and a range of sustainability issues.
She is currently working with a team on a “Ten Year Social Sustainability Plan” for the City of Richmond.
“My recent work experience regarding ‘social sustainability’ will help in Delta as I believe we have a great deal of work to do in supporting the social and cultural needs of our community,” Kanakos said.