2018 Council

Vote Bill Manners

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The role of Councillor and my qualifications

A councillor should have a genuine interest in serving and being responsible to all citizens of Nanaimo. A successful candidate must have significant knowledge and dedication. A councillor must understand the budget process, how it affects the city population, and be able to communicate the goals of Nanaimo’s financial plan to residents. I strongly believe a councillor needs an understanding of municipal and regional governance responsibilities expected by residents of the entire city of Nanaimo, and most importantly have the communication skills to engage with residents of Nanaimo.  I have those abilities.

I have had an interest in the political arena since 1966, initially in the provincial government.  Mentored and inspired by Tommy Douglas, Frank Ney and Dale Lovick’s political teachings, I learned how municipal governance differed from provincial governance.  City governance is the closest to engage with the public out of all other levels of government.  I have regularly followed Nanaimo’s elected officials and gave my first presentation to them in 1984.  Since then I have grown politically.  My attendance and participation since 2011 by actively giving presentations, being a delegate, serving on the community engagement task force is proof of my dedication.  I believe a successful city is one where Nanaimo council members engage successfully with the public, staff and other council members positively.  I have done so increasingly in the last 4 years.

I have experience in Public Speaking with Toastmasters International, achieving my Able Toastmaster award in my first two years as a member.  I then taught public speaking at Vancouver Island University (then Malaspina College), Cedar 4H club, and to Miss Nanaimo contestants. I continued my growth as a public speaker through the volunteer positions as Secretary, Educational Vice President and Club President of Toastmasters.

Working with Sooter Studios as a regional representative for British Columbia, I had to have a vast knowledge on budgets and forecasting expenditures and estimating income along with providing management skills with the district and areas around the province.

Working at Hi-Tec Industries as a truss designer, I had to hold a high standard towards the safety of residents whose roofs we designed and built which required approval by qualified engineers.

I have extensive knowledge of the transportation and infrastructure needs around the city with over four decades of experience in the limousine, bus, taxi, and airline businesses in and around our city.

I have actively participated with Nanaimo City Council by attending council meetings, asking questions, and appearing as a delegate and presenting information over the years.  In 2010, I worked closely with City Staff to create a training manual for the TaxiHost Program to be used by both Swiftsure and AC Taxi companies.  My activity increased when I became Chair of the NoVote2017 Society, which was opposed to the Event Centre.  Currently I am a member of the Community Engagement Task Force as one of two Spokespersons, along with Erin Hemmens. 

I pride myself on my logical thinking skills and my ability to imagine the different types of applications of the many bylaws and daily decisions required by councillors.

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