A young Squamish citizen, Rajan Hans, has announced that he is seeking a seat on the council.
“I have had the pleasure of being born and raised in gorgeous Squamish B.C, proudly situated on Squamish Nation territory. My heart has always been in this town and that’s where I plan it will stay. I have never moved away from these beautiful mountains nor will I,” he says.
Hans says he feels this is the best way for him to serve a community where he was born and raised. Hans has experiences in community service, entrepreneurship, construction, real estate, insurance, and is working towards a BBA in Finance at SFU.
“These experiences provide a solid foundation to generate discussion, before making ethical, educated, and meaningful decisions, on behalf of this community. I am very forward thinking,” he says.
Hans said he wants to community, with a focus on bringing high-paying jobs to town, addressing housing needs, and increasing transportation.
Hans has volunteered with local organizations such as the Squamish Railway Heritage Park, Squamish Eagle Watch, Squamish Sikh Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Squamish Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and Hill Top House.
He is a board member for the Squamish Sikh Society and Director for the youth soccer association. He is working part time as an insurance agent at Squamish Insurance, while finishing up final requirements for his BBA in Finance at SFU.
Strategic development, parking, economic growth and regional transportation are key issues facing our community today, he said, followed by neighborhood planning, greener building, preservation of green space, private sector collaborations, and certainly not least parking.
Parking problems, he said, are best fixed through strong policy. Working with developers to provide public parking in their projects is really going to make a difference, he says.
“The Cash in Lieu parking fund, was at roughly $445,000 by the end of 2017. With no public parking in sight, I can only infer this method to improve the problem is not working,” he said.
You can read more about his platform at www.rajanhans4squamish.com