Silas was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, and settled in Gibsons with his wife Amanda to start their family in 2004. Elected to Gibsons council in 2014 with the highest number of votes in Town history, he is currently the Town’s Deputy Mayor. He also represented the Town at the Sunshine Coast Regional District for two years and prior to being elected to council, served as a Sunshine Coast school trustee for nine years including six as Board Chair. In his professional life, Silas runs the award-winning book publishing company Nightwood Editions, edits books for Harbour Publishing and Douglas & McIntyre, and is the governance and policy specialist at Impact Resolutions consulting.
Silas partnered with numerous organizations and community leaders of all ages to spearhead VOICE on the Coast, a successful advocacy group for the retention of young people and families on the Coast. Other volunteer boards or committees Silas has served on include the Royal BC Museum, Sunshine Coast Arts Council, Sunshine Coast Community Futures, Area A Advisory Planning Commission and the Association of Canadian Publishers. In 2009, he was named by the industry publication Quill & Quire as one of the “twelve to watch” in Canadian publishing. In our local community, Silas and his family have been strong contributors to Gibsons Elementary, the Sunshine Coast Museum, the Gibsons & District Public Library, the Gibsons Public Market and local arts organizations.
Silas has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UBC and IAP2 training in Effective Public Participation. His master’s degree included public sector financial management, administrative law, accounting, public sector economics, strategic planning, leadership, statistics and public policy. His wife Amanda is a social worker. Going back to 1950 when his grandfather Frank came to Nelson Island to run a logging operation, Silas’s daughters Simone and Eloise are part of the fourth generation of the White family on the Sunshine Coast. They’ve attended Jack & Jill Preschool, Gibsons Elementary and School District 46’s Nature & Sustainability Education program in Davis Bay.