Councillor Ian Thorpe seeking another term on council

Coun. Ian Thorpe

I am proud to seek re-election to Nanaimo City Council in the October 15 election. I am the senior incumbent Councillor, having served two terms since being elected in 2014.

During this past term I was appointed to the Mayor’s Leaders’ Table as a member of the Infrastructure Working Group.  I also sit on the Nanaimo Port Authority/City Liaison Committee, the Protocol Agreement Working Group involving the City and Snuneymuxw First Nation, and the District 68 Sports Field and Recreation Committee.  For two years during the term I was also Board Chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo, and am Chair of the Nanaimo Regional District Hospital Board. Previously chaired the City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation, and Wellness Committee as well as the Public Safety Committee.

A strong advocate for good civic governance, I was recently awarded a Level 2 – Advanced Certificate in Local Government Leadership.

A third-generation Nanaimoite, I am a retired educator well known for my community involvement. For many years I was a community radio broadcaster with CHUB and CKEG radio, and for more than 40 years have written “The Thorpe Report” – a local sports newspaper column.

I have done contract work with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and give my time doing volunteer work as a member of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North, and as a co-ordinator of the local Coins For Kids charity.  I am a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and for the past six years have been Master of Ceremonies for the annual Remembrance Day service at the Nanaimo cenotaph.

Nanaimo has been very good to me, and I strongly believe in giving back to the community.  Covid brought many challenges during this past term, but many people have encouraged me to run again. In this time of high inflation and cost of living, I believe that Council must focus on financial responsibility, keeping tax increases to a minimum, and staying within our mandate of providing basic services to our citizens. 

I anticipate some changes on Council following the election. We need responsible and conscientious team players who can work together and use taxpayers’ money carefully.  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 on my vision and views, visit my website at or contact me at   My cell phone number is 250-713-9135.