In his own words: Duncan council candidate Tom Duncan
Tom Duncan, councillor for the City of Duncan, is announcing his bid for re-election to Duncan City Council. Councillor Duncan is a long time public servant and community advocate.
“During the last three years our city has seen challenges and successes,” said Duncan, “I've been proud to be a part of the positive, solution-oriented leadership provided by our council. I hope to continue working on the many issues we face for the betterment of our community.”
Duncan chose the slogan Elect Experience for his campaign. “There will be new faces on council,” said Duncan, referring to the fact a few incumbent councillors will not be seeking re-election, “I look forward t working with them and providing my experience and insight gained over the last term.”
Duncan has represented the City of Duncan on several committees, including the Island Savings Community Centre Commission. “Our arts and culture community has seen strong support from the Commission and I am pleased to have been a part of that support,” he said. “The Cowichan Valley Arts Council has a new home at the community center and our theatre continues to provide excellent entertainment for the people of the Cowichan Valley,” he added.
During Duncan's time on council, the City developed a strategic plan which aims to work with neighbouring governments, the business community and First Nations to make Duncan one of the most liveable and vibrant small cities in Canada.
Tom has over 37 years experience working in public service, and is an active and engaged volunteer in the Cowichan Valley. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Cowichan United Way and on the United Way's Human Relations Committee. He serves on the Cowichan Folk Guild Executive Board, and is a delegate to the Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council. At the NDLC he holds the position of Trustee and reviews and reports on the organization finances.
Looking into the next term on council, Duncan is clear about his priorities. “I am committed to tackling some of the long term issues in our community, including expanding transportation options.” he said. “We need to encourage efficient and sustainable alternatives and transit improvements.”
Water infrastructure, including storm water collection and sewage treatment is another long term project Duncan is eager to take on. He hopes to make consultation, cooperation and negotiations with other jurisdictions priorities for the next council.
Duncan will be retiring from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia next spring, which will allow him to commit even more time to city council and community volunteer activities.
“I've had such support from neighbours, friends and colleagues on my decision to run for re-election,” he said. “Their encouragement has made it an honour to ask the people of Duncan to support my bid for a second term on council.”