A familiar face on the Prince George political hustings will be back.
Hilary Crowley is running for the Green Party in the Prince George-Mackenzie riding. She has carried the Green Party banner in both provincial and federal elections in Prince George.
“I have lived in this riding for nearly 50 years and there is nowhere I would rather live,” she said on the Green Party website. “I am concerned though with reduced sightings of moose, which were always so prevalent. I am concerned that large corporations are able to sway government decision making to the detriment of local citizens. Democracy is becoming ever more fragile as money is increasingly able to sway government to over-rule local interests. I am convinced that the B.C. Green Party is the only party that will help us to keep our climate promises, to lessen the gap between the top one per cent and the rest of us. We need strong innovative leadership to help us live within the confines of a finite planet and to reconcile with Indigenous priorities. We need a strong Green voice in this riding and I look forward to stepping up to fill this role.”
Green graduated as a physiotherapist in London, England and emigrated to Canada in 1970. She has resided at Summit Lake since 1974, where she and her husband built their own log house on the lake. Crowley worked for 30 years at the Prince George Hospital. After retiring from there she has worked as a paediatric physiotherapist in rural communities such as Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Fort St James. She also did some teaching in Fort Babine.
In 1994, Crowley took a year’s leave of absence from the hospital to volunteer as a physiotherapy trainer in South India. In 1996 she set up Samuha Overseas Development Association in Prince George to support this work. In 2000 they received charitable status. They have initiated an Early Intervention Centre for children under six years with disability. They have also built a spinal cord injury unit which provides rehabilitation therapy for up to 15 clients for three-month residential therapy. She has been returning there annually ever since, to continue this work and since 2002, she has been taking Canadian Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students for six-week practicums as part of their training. In 2013 Crowley received the Enid Graham Award, the highest award given by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
She enjoys writing and wrote the Outdoors Column for the Prince George Citizen for several years. She has also written for Northword Magazine and is currently writing a book on her experiences in India.