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Getting ready for Election 2018

Welcome to OurNanaimo.

OurNanaimo and the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce are organizing mayoral and councillor candidate debate events in October prior to the October 20, 2018 local election.

We are seeking input from the community on potential questions for the two debates. Please submit your proposed question(s), specifying whether it is for the mayoral or councillor debate, to the OurNanaimo Facebook page (@OurNanaimo) or to info@nanaimochamber.bc.ca by September 28. One question per person/per debate.

The final questions for each debate will be developed based on input received.

Thank you for your input and we look forward to seeing you at the October 9 and October 15 events to be held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

For more information on these events, please visit: https://www.ournanaimo.com/ or nanaimochamber.bc.ca


OurNanaimo is a grassroots, non-partisan group of citizens with members from a cross-section of Nanaimo, including working families, students, business owners, young professionals and retirees. OurNanaimo is focused on effecting positive change at the municipal level and committed to building a vibrant, strong and healthy city.
OurNanaimo believes that our city deserves not just better, but the very best governance. The job of a city councillor is challenging and requires a high degree of skill, knowledge and competencies, in addition to being committed to building a better city and serving the public interest.  Councillors have the potential to impact both individual citizens and the reputation and success of our city as a whole.  To support the objective of better governance, OurNanaimo is focusing on approaches that contribute to a positive outcome in the October 20, 2018 local general election. This includes increasing voter engagement, creating tools for voters, promoting the attributes of an effective councillor, and getting out the vote.
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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.