Queen Charlotte Mayor Carol Kulesha, who was the first and, to this day, only person to fill the position, has decided not to seek re-election in the upcoming municipal election.
“It’s been a long journey. It was a very difficult decision to make because in many ways I love the work that I am doing, but I’ve been doing it a for a long time,” said Kulesha.
Kulesha became the community’s first mayor in 2005 after it was incorporated. Prior to that, Kulesha served as Queen Charlotte’s regional district director, was a member of the management committee and was on the community’s advisory planning committee.
All together, Kulesha has been a prominent figure for the past 21 years.
For Kulesha, one of the biggest highlights of her political career was being part of the incorporation of Queen Charlotte.
“I was really pleased to see that it was going to come through, and that it would be a viable community,” she said.
But after incorporation there was a lot of work to be done. Other highlights for Kulesha have been the creation of a Spirit Square and the start of construction on pedestrian walkways in the community.
“I’m not leaving. I love it here; I love the people, the town and the area,” said Kulesha.
“I’ll be looking to serve in other ways, but I want a bit more time for myself.”