Welcome, visitor!   Register   Login


Post an Ad
Menu Post an Ad

Andreas Gedeon – 2019 Fire Board Election – Candidate Profile

    Editorial & Opinions, Election Candidates    April 7, 2019

My wife Annebeeke and I have been calling Salt Spring our home since 2007. Our two children Emily and Wynn were born here, and we plan on continuing to raise them in this truly special part of our planet.

Born in 1975 in West Germany, I grew up during the Cold War. Our emergency services were extensive and designed to cover scenarios like chemical and nuclear warfare on a scale that is hardly imaginable today. I was drawn to those environments early on and served in several fire departments and disaster response units from the age of 15.

My professional career began as a MARS officer in the German Navy, graduating from Munich Military University with a degree in Educational Sciences. I came to Canada in 2004, and soon decided to stay. Initially living in Vancouver, I started a construction company that specialized in concrete work for high rise construction. Since 2009 I have been building international cannabis businesses, bringing two of them public.

As a Canadian Citizen since 2015, and I am grateful to be part of our diverse, progressive and peaceful people.

What brought you to the area?

We believe that Salt Spring is the best possible place to raise our children.

What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island?

Come for our annual Apple Festival or the Fall Fair to get an authentic Salt Spring experience.

If you could change one thing about Salt Spring, what would you change?

I would bring the Organic Golf Course with all its sheep back.

Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island?

Chris Hadfield. To constantly remind us that our earth is small, round and vulnerable.

What do you think the number one community issue on Salt Spring Island is right now?

While our population has been continuously rising over the last few decades, our infrastructure and governance is stuck in the past. Young families can’t find affordable housing, businesses must leave the island and we struggle to retain professional services like doctors and nurses.

At the same time, our environment and our way of life are endangered like never before. We see busloads of day tourists, record droughts and dramatically increased tanker traffic, to only name a few of the issues. Our island needs to align its vision for the future, so we can as a community prepare in the best possible way for what is ahead of us.

Which elected position are you seeking?

Fire Board Trustee

Why should Salt Springers vote for you?

  • I understand the operations of fire and emergency service;
  • I have been managing large scale construction and infrastructure projects;
  • I have experience with board oversight and large budgets;
  • I am familiar with the special character and the specific needs of our island;
  • I will dramatically lower the median age of the Fire Board and
  • I’m here to stay, and I care.

Is there a really good interview question we should have asked you?

Is there a risk of foreign interference at the 2019 Salt Spring Fire Board Trustee Election?

How would you have answered your question?

Good news: Absolutely not. Nobody outside of Salt Spring Island really cares how we structure and manage our fire service. We are completely on our own.

Andreas Gedeon – 2019 Fire Board Trustee Election – Candidate Profile

Comments May Not Be Seen by the Author

No Tags

  

Post an Event

Community News

  • Winter Cabbage, Irrigation Tips, Beet Le...

    by on 4 hours ago

    From now on, continue to be alert for heat waves and be prepared to shade seedbeds and seedlings and to mulch plants to cool the soil. The heat wave earlier this month resulted in injury to unprotected seedlings that is showing up now. Heat injury appears as white or biscuit coloured patches on leaves; whole […]

  • Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Respond t...

    by on May 17, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to an early morning structure fire in the 100 blk of Thomas Road. The initial call came in at 04:37 and crews completed the scene at 08:00. 25 Firefighters responded with 19 on scene; 4 fire trucks and 3 support vehicles along with BC Ambulance and BC Hydro. On […]

  • $1.5 Million Approved for First Stage of...

    by on May 16, 2019

    The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the proposed Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department expansion and redevelopment project. Members of the Hospital Foundation voted at a special general meeting May 16, 2019 to fund the proposed project’s schematic design and design development stages, “This is an important step forward […]

  • Increasing Cost of Fuel Leads BC Ferries...

    by on May 16, 2019

    BC Ferries is advising customers that due to current fuel market conditions, the company will implement a fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1. BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares. Here is an example […]

  • Growing Community Concern about Legion R...

    by on May 15, 2019

    A week before the April 30th Salt Spring Local Trust Committee meeting, islanders learned that a 144-foot tall Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) radio tower was in the final stages of approval for construction at the Legion in Ganges, and that 4G and eventually 5G cellular antennas would likely be added to this tower. […]

  • Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne visits Salt S...

    by on May 15, 2019

    If you’ve been to Tofino in the last couple of years you will know that it’s a cool place. Not only are the beaches and the surfing and the mountains excellent, but the community looks to be thriving. Local government clearly has done well, not only in fostering a strong economy, but also at preserving […]

  • History of the Salt Spring Island Golf C...

    by on May 14, 2019

    March 23, 1928, saw a public meeting at Mahon Hall. Thirty-three people attended with the intention of forming a golf club. With W.E. Scott in the chair, K. Butterfield undertook secretarial duties. It was announced that a committee which had been appointed by the Salt Spring Island Development Association had been exceedingly busy. ‘Barnsbury’, the […]

  • Extensive Vandalism to Local CRD Office ...

    by on May 12, 2019

    In the morning of May 12, 2019 the Salt Spring RCMP were notified that a number of the street-front windows in Ganges, including the CRD office on McPhillips Ave had been smashed.  Police attended and their investigation is ongoing.  No entry was gained to the office, and efforts are underway to repair the damage prior […]

  • People Profile: Marialyn and Tom Boekbin...

    by on May 9, 2019

    Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews that share with us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. This profile features Marialyn and Tom Boekbinder from […]

Pin It on Pinterest