Medea Mills in her District of Sooke office.
Courtesy of Tim Collins of the Sooke News Mirror
Courtesy of the Sooke Region Historical Society
This audio clip is an excerpt from an interview by Sooke Region Museum Collections Manager Montana Stanley and Programming Manager Wendy Johnson on Medea Mills and her work and life in Sooke.
Montana: Is there anyone that motivates you or something that motivates you?
Medea: Starting off with outside of the Sooke region, I’m motivated by current and past bylaw enforcement officers, because they kind of paved the way either with case law, or experience, that kind of stuff. The women of Sooke RCMP. They play a huge role in my job and my dealings with people. I’ve been so inspired with their knowledge and how they tackle issues. They’re very supportive of me, and there’s days without them, even going for coffee, and just kind of venting, that it would be much more difficult. I am truly appreciative of them.
Montana: Do you want to add anything or is there anything that we didn’t cover?
Medea: I would just say the women in Sooke are strong in what they do. I think Brenda Parkinson, who is a friend, and certainly a mentor, and the stuff that she is involved in, and the groups, so many groups! The women that are involved in those groups, they’re all strong women. I think the women are the driving force in this town, and I think that it’s going to be women that make a big change.
I would say as much as outside the women are shaping Sooke, the women in here are shaping the municipality. In the positions of supervisors and corporate officers, we’re the ones with the ideas that are being taken forward.