Paul Chapman

Independent for Nanaimo Council

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I live in the Old City Quarter of Nanaimo (15 years).  I share my life with my partner Judith, and I’m blessed with a blended and extended family of three daughters, two son in-laws, three grandchildren.

In the mid-nineties, while living on Savary Island, and taking part in the regular complaining about the governance of the island, I was challenged by a friend to take an active role in finding solutions to the problems before us.

That began my efforts with a group of permanent and seasonal residents to form a committee to hear Island concerns, convey them to the regional district and seek solutions that worked for Savary Island. That challenge, to be part of the solution, also lead me to become the Chief Shop steward of a 700 member CUPE health care local in Nova Scotia and an active participant with the Annapolis Valley Labour Council.

On my return to the west coast, I was lucky enough to land a position with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) just as the successful campaign to secure the land now known as the Mount Benson Regional Park came to conclusion. I have had the good fortune to learn from the leadership group at NALT, participate with and guide projects, connect with City councilors and the RDN Board and work with City and RDN staff. My work has also offered the opportunity to sit on committees, roundtables, caucuses and currently on the Board of the Land Trust Alliance of BC.

My experience has taught me the value of listening to others, forging collaborative plans, and working with community partners to accomplish goals.

Reason for running

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The crises of our time: climate change, affordability, homelessness and the related health care issues, and safety concerns. I value collaboration rather than confrontation and I would be honoured to be elected to serve our community.

In my role with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust, I have, on several occasions, presented to council about environmental issues in our community. When you present, you get five minutes to talk, if your lucky you get to answer a question or two from a councillor or two, and then you sit back down and sit on your hands and bite your tongue as the discussion goes on without you. I want to be part of the discussions and decisions that guide our City. This place we all care about.