Bonner running for city council

Don Bonner

Businessman and community advocate Don Bonner has announced his candidacy for Nanaimo City Council with the phrase “Working together for a Better Nanaimo.”

Bonner is a former President of Nanaimo Rotary Club, former President of the Nanaimo United Way, former President of the Nanaimo Executives Association, current Board member of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, and founder of A Better Nanaimo. His extensive work with charities extends to Africa, where he has volunteered multiple times in the global fight against polio and other waterborne diseases.

“This election will be about our values as a community and our vision for our future," he told supporters.  "And as a proud member of the Algonquin First Nation, I recognize that an inclusive society, the need for reconciliation and where all groups have a stake in our communal well being, benefits everybody. As a business owner with a union background, I understand how important a well-run local government is for businesses and workers. I look forward to working with eight other competent, thoughtful citizens to build a better Nanaimo,” he said.

“Don Bonner and I have worked together on several United Way community campaigns," said Coun. Diane Brennan. "I know him well, and what has consistently stood out for me is how honest, respectful and collaborative he is. Don brings integrity, grit and determination to all he does. I know Don will provide positive leadership to Nanaimo.”

EALRIER STATEMENT: After many years of being a Council watchdog and making presentations to Council, I’m announcing my candidacy for Nanaimo City Council in the October 20 election.  

This election will be about change from the past and a vision for the future – a prosperous future for Nanaimo with new partnerships, planned economic diversity, a new way of doing public engagement, and a strong, resilient community for us and our children.  

Our community is our family. Together we will build a new vision for our city, one where our children can stay in when they grow up because we have a vibrant economy with well-paying jobs.  

We will build a community where our leaders are open and inclusive in their decision making, allowing the public more input in decision-making and in our shared future.

We will build a community of reconciliation with Snuneymuxw and our urban Aboriginal population and create a new partnership for mutual prosperity - as equals.

You can view my campaign platform at beginning on Thursday after the launch.  I am also looking for contributions to my campaign and would be honoured if you would consider giving me a contribution.  You can to that on my website if you wish.

I look forward to working together for a Better Nanaimo.