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Rob Douglas

Independent for North Cowichan Mayor
My goal is to tackle the big issues facing our community while maintaining and enhancing those qualities that make North Cowichan such a special place to live.

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I am a life-long resident of North Cowichan, and live near Mount Tzouhalem with my wife and two daughters. I have made my career as a director of post-secondary education the provincial government, and have now served two terms as a North Cowichan Councillor.

I currently serve as Councillor for North Cowichan, having been elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. During this time, I have also served a Director with the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Prior to my involvement in municipal politics, I served on a wide range of community organizations including the boards for the Cowichan Land Trust and Volunteer Cowichan. In addition, for several years I wrote for the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.

For more than a decade, I have been employed by the Province of British Columbia, currently as a director in the area of post-secondary education and skills training, and before that as a policy analyst with responsibilities for Indigenous education, immigration policy, and newcomer settlement. I previously worked in the pulp & paper, forestry, and construction industries.

Born and raised in North Cowichan, my family has deep roots in the Cowichan Valley that go back five generations. I currently live near Mount Tzouhalem with my wife, two daughters, and our boxer Daisy, where we enjoy hiking, swimming and playing sports.

Reason for running

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I’m ready to provide the strong leadership and new ideas to address the big issues facing our community – from tackling the housing crisis and creating safe neighborhoods, to defending the environment and building a stronger local economy.

We are facing a number of growing challenges in North Cowichan, from a lack of affordable housing and homelessness, to environmental degradation and the effects of climate change, to a loss of high-paying jobs and a rising cost of living. Local government can’t solve all these problems on its own, but we do have the tools to make a difference.

As a life-long resident with a strong track record as a municipal councillor and community volunteer, I can provide the strong leadership and new ideas that the municipality will need to work with local residents to address the big issues facing the community.

My top priorities as Mayor, if given that privilege by the people of North Cowichan, will be to tackle the affordable housing crisis, defend the environment, build a strong local economy, create safe neighbourhoods, and maintain our rural character. Through hard work, involving local residents in decision-making, and aggressively lobbying the senior levels of government, we can accomplish a great deal over the next four years.