Monday, October 13, 2014
MacAhonic Looks to Make Mark
Candidate wants to 'add value' to the community via Chilliwack council
Released by Patti MacAhionic/Handout photo
s you know I filed my nomination papers to run for city council this election. This was a big decision and I thought carefully, ensuring that my family and employer are supportive as I go forward. I am very much looking forward to adding value to the community as a city counsellor if chosen for this role.
About Patti MacAhonic Patti MacAhonic is recognized as a longtime Chilliwack
community member who has effectively added value in numerous ways in various
roles. She was most recently awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by the
University of the Fraser Valley. This award recognizes one alumnus per year
who has achieved outstanding distinction in career, educational achievement,
and community service. MacAhonic was also recognized as “Top 40 Alumni”
whose ideas, passion, leadership and achievements have helped shape UFV and
the community at large. Her educational background includes an honours BA in
Adult Education and an MBA in Executive Management.
Patti consistently demonstrates commitment to making a sustainable difference. From early roles in Health and Safety in BC logging, forestry, and mining industries, to her current role as Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society where she works with a stellar team of professionals with the mandate to create a violence free community. They serve over 2,700 individuals which include, women, men, children, youth and families. She also brings a wealth of experience in her former roles as Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation, and as Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. Patti is just as comfortable in the outdoors, fishing or riding her Harley, as she is in the boardroom.
Her deep passion to make a difference was ignited after her late husband
died as a result of an industrial accident. Patti's lobbying efforts were
instrumental in the passing of BC’s Bill C-37 in 2003, concerning the rights
of children and survivors of workplace fatalities.
She has been a committed volunteer advisor for the Canadian Injured Workers
Alliance for over 15 years.
As a fisheries advocate she was granted standing in the Cohen Inquiry,
targeting solutions to the 2009 drastic decrease of Sockeye salmon in the
Fraser River. Other negotiations helped produce groundbreaking discussion
involving First Nations and recreational fisheries, leading to the River
Manners video and the first-ever partnership and working table for river
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