Liberal Party unveils candidate for Kootenay-Columbia
Robin Goldsbury will be the Liberal candidate in the Oct. 21 general election after having successfully completed the Team Trudeau Nomination Process for Kootenay-Columbia.
The nomination process focused on unprecedented new engagement with Canadians, and the nomination of talented, diverse and hard working community leaders as candidates. Working together in the weeks ahead, our hope and commitment is that Liberals across Canada will ensure our candidates and campaign teams are ready to earn another mandate from Canadians in 2019.
Robin’s message is one of hard work and dynamic action.
“We need determination and passion to keep our small community vitality on the federal radar.” That Robin believes she can guarantee. Her ultimate allegiance is to a sustainable, vital Kootenay-Columbia.
Her values are rooted in fairness, integrity, foresight, collaboration, rational thinking, inclusion and hard work. Her broad Kootenay experience includes a multitasking nature, strong people skills and positive, energetic approach.
Robin’s heritage is rooted in the pioneering spirit of the Crowsnest Pass. Raised in Alberta, she married a Kootenay lad and moved to the Cranbrook area 30 years ago. Her background managing corporate marketing came in handy when she ran Adeas, an in-house ad agency at Koocanusa Publications. She designed successful marketing campaigns for many Kootenay businesses.
From what started as a bet she couldn’t sell “kindling,” Robin built a thriving value-added forestry business that sold forest botanicals to the floral trade worldwide. Her Kootenay Cone Company was the first licensed botanical collector in British Columbia, and at peak employed 45 people. She developed many sustainable harvesting techniques in use today. Concurrently, Robin and her partner purchased a Cranbrook motel.
After 10 years in forestry Robin returned to school and completed a master’s degree in neuroscience. She landed on Kootenay Lake in 2007 where she and her partner built the iconic Dock n Duck Resort at the Balfour Ferry Landing. In 2014 Robin was recognized as a Top 10 Kootenay Business Operator.
While raising two sons, Robin worked with many Kootenay non-profit organizations. She successfully managed her many projects with an entrepreneurial approach that’s sensitive to people and the environment. Her key strengths are researching, tested leadership, and award-winning strategy planning, implementation and management.
For over 25 years she’s been in the Kootenay business trenches and faced issues with staffing, succession and profitability mired by climate change, government policy and burn-out. She’s adapted to transportation issues, access to healthcare, affordability and housing. She’s been that volunteer struggling with capacity restrictions (few of us doing much) writing grants while navigating the bureaucratic maze.
The federal climate of the early 2010s prompted Robin’s return to politics. While a young student, Robin represented over 60,000 students as ACTISEC chair, and managed to glean a personal letter of recommendation from Brian Mulroney.
She found her home in the Liberal Party of Canada where she’s actively formed policy with the national women’s commission and pushed for the new Ministry of Rural Economic Development. Robin is also working on extended healthcare policies.
“Rural is relevant! We are relevant! Together we have the creative, collaborative and workable solutions for sustainable rural vitality. What’s needed is the enthusiasm and the smarts to grab the government’s attention and get the work done,” she stated.