About Stephen Andrew
Stephen Andrew has been a resident of Victoria since 1994 and currently lives here with his husband Danny. Stephen was elected to Victoria City Council with an overwhelming majority in the 2020 by-election and is currently seeking to be elected as mayor of Victoria in the upcoming October 15th municipal election.
A former journalist, Stephen is known locally for his work in broadcast media as a television reporter, anchor and radio talk show host, and has worked in that capacity for several news outlets including CTV, CBC, CHEK, and C-FAX radio where he reported on municipal and provincial governments for more than 20 years. His work has been recognized with 10 Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Jack Webster Award for Best Television Reporting. This media experience forged his strong opinions on the importance of accountable governance. Stephen is a recipient of the Award of Merit from the Public Health Association of British Columbia for his reporting on public health on behalf of indigenous and street communities.
Following his career in journalism, Stephen worked as a communication consultant and was the Executive Director of a national cancer patient and caregiver charity. He is himself a cancer survivor and speaks regularly about his experience and offers peer support to fellow patients.
Stephen is Vice-Chair of RunSport, the community organization that produces the TC10K race 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 fundraising 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
Political aspirations grew from a lifelong commitment to building communities through professional and volunteer work and a belief that one person can make a difference in people's lives.
Following his election to the Victoria city council in 2020, Stephen has left his mark. As part of his commitments as a councillor, Stephen represents the city 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 the 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 the city council and is passionate about speaking up and advocating in support of policies and actions that help all residents of the city of Victoria.
Stephen’s vision for Victoria is built on the foundation of a city for everyone, regardless of age or ability. These priorities require courage. Courage to listen. Courage to speak. Courage to act.
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