Mike Davies

Independent for Campbell River Council

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Biography

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Mike Davies is a former journalist, now a custom furniture maker and woodworker, painter, photographer, occasional podcaster and YouTube entertainer, family man, as well as working part-time in art education programming for The Crow’s Nest Artist Collective in Willow Point.

After graduating as part of the first ever grad class of Timberline Secondary in 1998, Davies went off to explore his passions and find himself through education and lived experience before returning to Campbell River to cover the community as a journalist and set down his young family’s roots here. He’s since turned his attention to making his community a better place through creating and supporting arts and culture initiatives and building partnerships between the business and non-profit sectors.

He recently finished serving a six-year term as president of the Campbell River Arts Council, giving up his seat earlier this year due to bylaw requirements stating he’d served his maximum term with the organization. He currently serves as the organization’s Art + Earth Initiative Coordinator, creating and collaborating on various community events like the annual Buskers’ Day event on the Seawalk, the Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House, and many others.

He has also served on various other boards and committees throughout his years in Campbell River, including sitting on the grant award committee with the Campbell River Community Foundation.

He spent most of the last decade watching the decisions being made at City Hall from the press box in council chambers and read hundreds of city staff reports over that time, so he's coming from a place of knowledge and experience with how decisions get made (or don't) at the local municipal level.

He believes his diverse background and willingness to actively listen to the people of our community, research the best information available on a given topic before making a decision and his "outside the box" thinking will make him an excellent representative of the people of Campbell River if elected to city council.

Reason for running

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If we don't start making different kinds of decisions, we will continue down the same path we've been heading and end up with a community that works for even fewer of us than the one we already have.

When I look back on my time reporting what was happening in the community – everything from decisions made around the school district board table, to non-profit fundraisers, to local kids’ sporting events, to structure fires and new business openings – it’s the time I spent reporting on council that sticks out to me as being the most frustrating.

You’re obviously never going to have a city council that makes all the same decisions you would. That’s just the nature of having seven different people and personalities around the table. But even the decisions they made that I agreed with took them far longer than I think they should have, and the ones I disagreed with were too often made in opposition to information that came forward during the discussions from experts on the topic or generally accepted best practices being used successfully in other communities.

Too often, as I watched and listened to the past two city councils, it seemed as though some of them had already made up their minds on the issue they were discussing before they were even presented with the information that they had asked for and paid people to research and provide, and certainly before they asked the public for their thoughts on the matter.

That’s not how you make good decisions. You make good decisions by bringing in the best information you can find on a subject – and as much of it as you can – and then discussing it with the people who are going to be impacted by whatever your decision ends up being and getting their views.

If we want to start doing things differently, we need to start by listening to each other, caring about each other, and deciding as a community what’s best for our community.

I'm dedicated to listening and bringing people together to work towards the common goal of creating a bright, vibrant and productive future for this city.

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