Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast, my wife Amanda and I moved back 14 years ago because we knew Gibsons would be the best place in the world to raise our family. Our love for this community feel, natural beauty, West Coast history and intergenerational population has only grown since.
My public service as a Gibsons councillor for four years and as a school trustee for nine years prior has sometimes been a challenge, but overall it’s an incredible joy and honour to represent this community. As this Council term closes, I’ve never felt more positive and hopeful about what we can achieve by working together. I am committed to moving forward, together, which is why I’m running for mayor on October 20th.
I have a vision for Gibsons as a caring community that looks after our seniors, welcomes young families, and assists people of all ages struggling with affordability. Leadership and advocacy will be necessary to solve our regional water and solid waste problems, and to develop partnerships to improve housing, transportation, healthcare, childcare and recreation. Through a renewed approach to public participation in managing growth, we can plan collaboratively—not only in land-use planning, but also to continue to transition our resource economy successfully, and to adapt to climate change, while enhancing everything we love about Gibsons.
In order to achieve this vision, we must expand Council’s role to more proactive strategic planning, advocacy and community-building. Over thirteen years of local elected office, I’ve worked hard to become an effective communicator, convenor, change agent, problem-solver, and advocate for our community. I’ve developed a broad understanding of the issues facing us, and a respectful appreciation for the need to bring together Gibsons’ different perspectives and opinions.
I have the energy and experience to hit the ground running to help Gibsons thrive in the complex times we live in, while preserving our small-town character and natural environment. You can support this vision by electing me as your mayor this October 20th.