Stephen was elected to Victoria City Council with an overwhelming majority in the 2020 by-election. His interest in local governance emerges from his career in broadcast media where he reported on municipal and provincial governments for more than 20 years. That experience forged strong opinions on the importance of accountable governance. His political aspirations grow from a lifelong commitment to building communities through volunteer work and is belief that one person CAN make a difference in peoples lives.
As part of his commitments as city councillor, Stephen represents the City of Victoria on the boards of the Royal and MacPherson Theatre Society (RMTS) and Destination Greater Victoria. He is also a member of the Renters Advisory committee and Canada Day sub-committee. In his role as director on the RMTS board Stephen sits on the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Society board. Additionally, he is proud to be the James Bay Neighbourhood Association liaison for council.
A strong advocate for community organizations, outside of council commitments Stephen is Vice-Chair of RunSport, the society that produces the TC10K and the Victoria International Track Classic. He has also served on the boards of the Victoria Press Club and Lifetime Networks. His volunteer work also includes helping to raise money for community organizations such as the Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre, the BC-SPCA, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Intrepid Theatre (producers of the Victoria Fringe Festival) and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes.
Stephen is a recipient of the Award of Merit from the Public Health Association of British Columbia for his reporting on public health and acknowledged by the indigenous and street community. A cancer survivor himself, Stephen drew attention to the need for oral therapy and provincial financial support for metastatic kidney cancer patients. He frequently speaks at events for metastatic cancer survivors and helps patients through peer support.
Stephen’s vision for Victoria is built on three priorities that he sees as critical for our city and citizens to prosper and thrive: Public Safety, Housing, and Good Governance. To achieve that requires courage. Courage to listen. Courage to speak. Courage to act.
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