Robyn Mawhinney

Robyn Mawhinney

Robyn was born in Black Creek. At 23, she fell in love with the beauty of Quadra and its friendly community and made what turned out to be a permanent move to the island. She has spent 28 years on Quadra raising children, building a farm, and working locally on both professional and passion projects.

After completing a Tourism Management program at NIC, Robyn’s first local job was at April Point. For the past 17 years, she’s produced marketing and graphics for the Heriot Bay Inn while studying design. She’s recently shifted to focus on her own Discothistle print and creative design projects and to advocate for the community she loves. Robyn’s creative work can be seen in several local companies, including The Gathering Place Trading, Tantrum Seafood, and at the local Saturday farmer’s market.

Robyn cares deeply about addressing the concerns expressed by friends, neighbours, and constituents of Area C. She recognizes the challenges faced by a community when the median cost of a home becomes ever more distant from the median income of local islanders; the fear faced by seniors and families alike when 24 hour access to emergency services is compromised; the need to strengthen community resilience in the face of climate change. Robyn believes development that is mindful of local natural resources and diverse economic needs can support a variety of housing options while maintaining our unique rural community.

Other key issues of advocacy for Robyn include community engagement, food security, and enhancing community resilience through developing strategies to deal with rapid contemporary changes.

A woman of action, she volunteers building & maintaining local hiking trails with the Quadra Island Trails Committee, advocates for environmental issues and, of course, grows and shares her farm’s bounty with friends and family.

Robyn believes strongly in a collaborative, communicative approach to tackling issues. With the knowledge and strengths of constituents within Area C, local inclusion in decision-making will create stronger communities. Given the opportunity, Robyn will bring local values, vigour, and a generational change to the position of Regional Director.