Holding city hall accountable for good governance


Better city planning


Getting ready for Election 2018

Welcome to OurNanaimo.

With the October 20, 2018 Nanaimo municipal election results and great voter turnout, Nanaimo has raised the bar on the calibre of councillor and quality of governance we expect and deserve. Thank you to our supporters, Nanaimo voters and candidates. With this, OurNanaimo’s work is done and OurNanaimo has disbanded. Information and resources on local governance and Nanaimo politics on this website are for reference purposes only, and may no longer be current or up-to-date.  Check original sources if important.

Spring 2018 Civic Leadership Series

OurNanaimo, the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Vancouver Island collaborated on a series of learning sessions for potential municipal candidates to help them understand the complexity of the role of the local elected official.

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Finally, a group of community members who want accountability (what a novel thought) from our elected officials. How do I get involved...do you have a regular meeting that I could attend? My wife and I moved here in 2004 and have watched this beautiful little community blossom into a vibrant small city. Unfortunately, the strategic planning and accountability of our city, regional district (including Port Authority) leave much to the imagination.


I just wanted to extend my congratulations on forming the Our Nanaimo group. What I was most impressed by is the thoughtful questions you are putting forth to the by-election candidates. If they do nothing else, it is my hope that each candidate takes the time to think these questions through and at least be clear with themselves as to why they wish to be elected. Although sorely needed, I am sadden though that a group of Nanaimoites have felt compelled to create this group. But am thankful that we live in a society that embraces the right to do so. Thank you, I look forward to the candidates responses.


You've got my interest. Keep me informed!

Community Member

Thank you Kathryn for your candidates assessments & to all who are involved here, helping our democracy. With Regards.

Thank you

Just wanted to say that as a former Nanaimoite and someone who's following the by-election, I found your list of questions very engaging, meaningful and probing. Well done.