Ernie Sellentin, Courtenay-Comox candidate for the BC Green Party in the upcoming provincial election, will host an Open House on March 9th at his campaign office located on K’ómoks First Nation lands. Members of the public are encouraged to visit between 4 – 6 PM to meet Ernie in person and to learn more about the BC Green Party platform. The campaign office and Board Room is located on the K’omox First Nation and adjoins the auditorium on the far side of the Band Hall building.
Born on Texada Island, Ernie Sellentin has lived in Comox since 1981. After an early career as a faller in the logging industry, Ernie returned to school. He graduated from North Island College here in the Valley with a Diploma in Environmental Assessment Technology in 1998. He then earned a BSc in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University in 1999.
Ernie owns Sellentin’s Habitat Restoration & Invasive Species Consulting Ltd (SHR). Clients include BC Parks, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Comox Valley & Strathcona Regional Districts, Lafarge Canada, Comox Valley Naturalists Society, and many private contracts. Since 2010 Ernie has been consulting and coordinating projects for the Coastal Invasive Species Committee.
In addition, Ernie served as a volunteer on the Invasive Plant Council of BC Board of Directors from 2004 -2009 as the Conservation and Wildlife representative.
Ernie Sellentin is well known in the Comox Valley as a result of his many years coaching soccer. He has been active with the Comox Valley United Soccer Club, Comox Valley Select, and the Upper Island Riptide. In 2016 Ernie was assistant coach for the U16 girls VIPL Riptide soccer team which won the BC Soccer Coastal Cup and placed third at BC Provincial Championships.
Ernie’s family includes wife Johanne, teenage daughter Olivia, adult children Serena and Reid, plus two young grandchildren. He enjoys time with family, playing soccer, cycling, backcountry camping and reading.
Ernie decided to run as a BC Green Party candidate because he believes that British Columbians have a right to a healthy environment, strong social services, and an economy based on 21st Century sustainable jobs. He wants to address issues such as water management, affordable post-secondary education that leads to good employment opportunities and careers, and access to quality health care.