I was born and raised in Nanaimo.
My education background includes a Bachelor degree in Plant Science from UBC. After working elsewhere in BC, Marianne and I moved back to Nanaimo in 1975 to become partners with my parents
in Turley’s Florist.
Involvement in the community has been a way of life for us. Some of the highlights include the local United Way campaign committee, Rotary Club of Nanaimo North, Nanaimo City Center Association, Nanaimo Minor
Lacrosse, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and the YES committee. This involvement has given my insight into the needs and issues in the business, arts and culture, and social sectors in our community.
Nanaimo is a great place to live but there
has been some deterioration in some of the factors that make it attractive and unique. In order to reverse this trend we should begin with electing a council that can work together with respect and tolerance even if we do not all agree on specific
We must encourage Senior Staff to work in a partnership-style environment to empower and enable them to be productive in a less stressful workplace. Once these are in place we can start the job of building Nanaimo into
a City that is referred to in a positive manner across out Canada.
We need to take a collaborative approach to economic growth and development by listening to proponents to determine how each opportunity fits into our community. The same
process needs to apply to solving some of our social issues.
Solutions and opportunities may already be working well in other communities so rather than automatically reacting to opposition we need to be proactive and allow for time to investigate
Nanaimo can become the one of the best cities to live, work and do business in.