Feature Story                                                                                                           Sunday, April 14, 2013                      

Cut the Cake

O'Mahony opens campaign office at Chilliwack Mall

Staff/Voice photos


he "GO" Boutique, that's GO for Gwen O'Mahony, had the most shoppers at Chilliwack Mall Saturday.


The Chilliwack-Hope MLA cast open the doors of her campaign office on the weekend in anticipation of the writ drop Tuesday. If you went, there was lots of cake, cash and cool people.


O'Mahony promised to campaign and do her best not look for too many sales.


"What a woman's dream, in a mall." she said of her office. "But I promise to campaign only, no shopping."


These are exciting times for the Chilliwack NDP, who are reeling in a cross-section of support from various groups, unions and individuals in the community.


The United Steelworkers local chipped-in with a $1500 donation to O'Mahony's campaign. Al Hubner from the Chilliwack Teachers Association and Sorpotimists International president Anita Rogers were some of the other familiar faces. Stó:lō elder Eddie Gardner performed his traditional Welcome Song


O'Mahony told the Voice when she wakes up a candidate on Tuesday, she'll be able to focus on her campaign and get back to something she knows very well — door knocking and fundraising.

"This year that I've been working as an MLA, I've really been 100 per cent focused on my constituency and doing the work of an MLA, doing the work in my critic portfolio, so when the writ drops I'll be 100 per cent a candidate on that day, and that means working hard to earn every single vote I can within 28 days."


Earlier, she told supporters the response from the community throughout her term has been positive.


"We had five Town Hall meetings, including one where we partnered with NDP MP Fin Donnelly. It's another part of being an MLA and bringing your community together. That's what the Town Halls did."


O'Mahony also hosted round table discussions on topics such as seniors and health care.


As Skills and Training critic she toured BC, talking with post secondary institutions about a perceived shortage in trades people.


"I had a chance to find out what's really going on with apprenticeships in the province, and what really needs to happen."



Chilliwack candidates Patti MacAhonic (L to R), Gwen O'Mahony and Abbotsford-West candidate Suhki Dhami share some camraderie Saturday.


O'Mahony said she had a hand in hammering out the NDP platform through feedback she collected while visiting post secondary schools around BC.


"Being one of the newest MLAs, working with my colleagues in Victoria and sitting around that table at caucus meetings, having an opportunity and a say with our upcoming platform ... it's been such an honour to be part of that process."


"I'm very proud as they roll out the platform, I see that I am part ownership of that platform because it's exactly what British Columbia needs."


Follow the action on the #gogwen Twitter feed.


BC NDP party leader Adrian Dix will be launching his party's election run at Patti MacAhonic's office at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, 45840 Yale Rd.


The community is invited to this event. It's a great chance to get to know MacAhonic and maybe get a chance to have a few words with the man who may be the next premier of the province.



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