Thorpe running for re-election

Coun. Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe has formally announced his intention to seek re-election to Nanaimo City Council in the October 20 election.

Thorpe is an incumbent councillor, having served since the last election in 2014. During his term he has chaired the Nanaimo Parks, Recreation, and Wellness Committee as well as the Public Safety Committee.  He has been one of the City representatives on the Regional District of Nanaimo board where he was elected as vice-chair of the RDN.  He sits on the Regional Parks and Trails Committee, and chairs the Liquid Waste Management Committee. 

Prior to entering civic politics, Ian served three years as a member of the Nanaimo Parks, Recreation, and Culture Committee.  He also chaired the City’s Grants Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

 A third-generation Nanaimoite, Ian is a retired educator who is well known for his community involvement.  For many years he was a community radio broadcaster with CHUB and CKEG radio, and for 38 years has written The Thorpe Report – a weekly local sports newspaper column.

He does contract work with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and gives his time doing volunteer work as a member of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North, and as a co-ordinator of the Coins For Kids charity.  He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, was Sergeant-at-Arms for the Nanaimo 2014 B.C. Summer Games, and for the past two years has been Master of Ceremonies for the annual Remembrance Day service at the Nanaimo cenotaph.

“Nanaimo has been good to me, and I strongly believe in giving back to the community,” said Thorpe. The past term was a challenge, but many people have approached me about running again.  I believe we need to restore the image and reputation of Nanaimo City Council, and this can be done through principles of proper governance and mature respectful behaviour”.  

I anticipate there may be a big change on Council following the election.  We need responsible and conscientious team players who can work together to get Nanaimo moving forward again. I have been encouraged by some of the names coming forward. I believe I am well qualified to take a leadership role, and I want to bring my experience and knowledge back to the table to lead positive changes.  I will strive to bring a professional presence, and a voice of reason and experience.”

For more details, contact Ian Thorpe at thorpeforcouncil@gmail.comor visit his website: www.ianthorpe.ca  Cell phone 250-713-9135