Leadership, Integrity, Bipartisanship

“There comes a point in our lives, where we should all give back to the community.”

Ian at ground-breaking ceremony

Since first being elected to the Vancouver Park Board as Commissioner in 2005, Ian has advocated strongly for improved sports facilities with particular emphasis on increasing the number of artificial turf fields in Vancouver. As a father of two boys who are very active in all types of sports, Ian witnessed first-hand the huge lack of all-weather fields in the city which prevented youth and adults from enjoying their sport to the fullest.

A resident of Vancouver for over 20 years, Ian has a strong record of community service and advocacy as a former PAC President at his sons’ elementary school, four years as President of Dunbar Little League and a past volunteer of the Dunbar Neighbourhood Patrol.

In the second year of Ian’s first term he was elected Chair of the Park Board and this is where we saw his leadership skills take centre stage. In the early hours of December 15, 2006 the most violent storm to hit Vancouver in over 40 years struck the crown jewel of Vancouver, the city’s beloved Stanley Park tearing down over 10,000 trees and causing a wake of destruction that left the residents of the city, the province and the country bewildered. Over the next 23 days Ian’s diary chronicled 83 media interviews and countless phone calls and e-mails from around the world.

Under Ian’s leadership and direction, the Board came together, parked their political differences and joined forces with park staff, consultants and volunteers to develop a wide-ranging restoration plan. Within four months of the ferocious storm battering Stanley Park, the restoration plan was approved by the Board and set in motion.

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