Diane Janzen is a compassionate conservative. She passionately believes in the equality of all British Columbians regardless of their race, colour, religious background, sexual orientation, physical ability or income. She has lived these values throughout her life and raised her daughters with these strong beliefs. Diane believes, like all compassionate conservatives, that the focus of social programs should be on empowerment and capacity building, not dependence. This means helping individuals and families address the significant barriers that they face. She also notes that in order to pay for important social programs we need a strong economy. In some cases and out of a sense of fairness, some individuals will always need help and Diane is committed to this principle. All public money spent needs to show results.
Diane has extensive experience in working on social issues. For the last 5 years Diane Janzen has been the Executive Director of Chilliwack Community Services managing a staff of more than 100 and providing services to close to 7,000 people in Chilliwack every year in Chilliwack – children, families, youth, seniors and those looking for work. This includes support for victims of crime, therapeutic and family supports, seniors care and language and other services for immigrants. This includes working with the Salvation Army, Bowls of Hope and Chilliwack Citizens for Change in delivering 400 hampers a week to those in need through COVID. She has successfully operated the Village providing 113,150 nights of safe housing for youth and those with mental health diagnosis.
The record of the NDP on social issues is of significant concern to Diane. Under the NDP’s leadership, British Columbia has posted the highest homeless numbers ever, the highest numbers of deaths from the opioid crisis and they only met 3% of their promises in affordable housing. And this is outside of COVID. She also questions the record of the BC Liberals, whose money laundering inaction has driven the crisis and who closed Chilliwack’s detox centre at the Chilliwack hospital.
Diane Janzen is committed to working with all partners in Chilliwack, including the 45 social service agencies of Chilliwack Healthier Communities, to work on important issues. She is grateful for the hard work of so many professionals in this area under very difficult circumstances. Focus areas include homelessness, addiction, mental health and affordable housing.