Wendy Pratt seeks a return to Nanaimo City Council

Wendy Pratt

Prior to being elected to council in 2014, I spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Nanaimo Hospice.  That work provided me with a fertile learning ground including fiscal responsibility, board governance, collaboration and partnerships, and the need to think outside the box to get things done.  

I also came away with a new understanding of how important it is to have a thriving business community that in turns supports all other aspects of community life including the arts, recreation, education, community service and so much more.

My work at Hospice was about helping to create a healthy and strong community and had great meaning to me, both professionally and personally. It took skill and leadership and these are what I bring to city council as I continue to serve my community.

After being elected in 2014 I became not only a member of City Council, but also a member of the Board of the Regional District of Nanaimo.  At the City I worked on the Grants Advisory, Parks & Recreation, and Arts and Culture Committees as well as the Protocol Agreement Working Group.  I helped represent the city at the Port Authority and was involved with several meetings between the City and School District #68 as well as the council of SFN.  As a board director on the RDN I chaired the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District Select Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Since leaving Council early in 2017 I turned my energies to various service groups and non-profits including The Rotary Club of Nanaimo, where I am a member of the Board; Chair of the Program Committee; Board Director for the Youth and International Committees; and a member of the Community Grants Committee that included liaising with non-profits and local schools to identify funding needs that would enhance the learning experience for children in our District who attend the inner city schools.  As well I volunteer for both the new Eden Gardens dementia facility and Hospice House.  

I was born in Nanaimo and I am proud of this city. I have a proven track record of assessing need and taking the steps necessary to initiate positive change. I have the skills, the commitment, and the energy to get the job done.  If given the opportunity, I will work tirelessly on behalf of the electorate and our city.  

The job of a councilor was something I enjoyed very much.  It was energizing and I will never look at my city in the same way again after all that I learned in the first two years on council from experts both external and on city staff.  I believe I have so much more to offer and given the chance I will be honoured to serve my community as a city councilor.

I invite you to go to my website at www.wendypratt.ca to get a fuller picture of my campaign promises and vision. I can be reached by mail at info@wendypratt.ca

I look forward to a new future where we are all working together - FOR our community, with participation FROM our community.

The elephant in the Room

Wendy Pratt

I did not come to the decision easily to seek a return to Nanaimo City Council. I feel that I have something left to offer Nanaimo as we rebuild and continue to grow.

In April, 2017 I resigned from City Council triggering the July 8, 2017 Byelection.  I want to address this up front.

The circumstances surrounding my resignation were shocking to me and made it impossible to continue at the council table and effectively do what I was elected to do.  I am not going to lay blame, name names or point fingers.  I take full responsibility for my own actions.  This experience taught me a lot about others, but more importantly, it has taught me a great deal about myself; my values, my strengths and, yes, my weaknesses. 

They say that what doesn’t break you makes you stronger.  This definitely resonates with me personally and it's why I'm running again.

Over the past months prospective candidates have sought my advice.  It made me realize how much I was able to learn from our skilled city staff and other experts in various fields in the first two years of my council term.  I will never look at my city in the same way again, and it has deepened my commitment to be a part of the solution moving forward.

I believe I still have a great deal to offer at the council table and would be both grateful and honoured to be a part of a new council that operates at a completely different level and is able to create a vibrant and healthy community. 

Being on council is not for the faint of heart.  We need an informed public and we need a council that deserves our trust. I’ll talk more about that under my vision.

I believe Nanaimo has never had a better opportunity than the 2018 municipal election to reset and move forward.

I strongly urge those who plan to vote to do their homework.  We want individuals on our next council who can grasp the bigger picture and who bring integrity, strong values, skill, evidence based decision making, and an ability to work as a team. Those qualities are essential in order to make the tough decisions. That's the work of council.  To do that effectively we need an informed public who have trust in their elected officials.  That trust must be earned.  

Thank you

I thank everyone who has emailed, texted, messaged, or come up to me on the street over the past two years to wish me well and to offer the most amazing support.  I could not be more humbled by it. It has made me feel so proud and so grateful to be a part of this community.

Thank you everyone!  Now let’s do it right!