Fast Facts about Michelle Staples
Candidate for Duncan City Mayor
Family: One amazing son, 2 amazing step-kids and family spanning every region in this valley,
five island communities, all over the mainland and across Canada.
Home: Duncan, BC and Valley resident for 26 years
Council Current/Past Appointments 2012-2018
Cowichan Tribes Liaison, Seniors Liaison, Advisory Design Panel Liaison, Downtown Duncan Business Association Liaison, Past Chair of Environment, Totem and Tourism Committee's
Special and Project Committee's: Chair of the Wayfinding project (totem tours and signage), Chair of the Duncan Community Sustainability Advisory Team to develop the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP).Chair of the Duncan Youth Council and the Amalgamation Joint Council Committee.
Past Experience: Service industry, student, farmer, small business owner, volunteer, director, board member, contract negotiator, economic development,
intergenerational leadership, project development and coordination, youth advocate, film and media.
Current: Small Business Owner, Executive Director Social Planning Cowichan, Cultural Connections Cowichan Facilitator, Economic Development Projects , Proposal Development, Diversity Educator, Project Development and Coordination, Intergenerational Leadership, Volunteer, Youth Advocate.
Past Education: DP, Business Administration, BA Applied Communications, Counselling, Diversity Training University Awards: Founders Award from Royal Roads University for “recognition of having exemplified the qualities of leadership, sustainability and personal development”.
Current: Masters in Integrated Studies: Community Development/Administration
You may know her from past or present involvement with: Cultural Connections Cowichan, Environmental Educational Outreach, Cowichan Community Response Team, Cowichan Tribes Community Safety Committee, Cowichan Affordable Housing Coalition, Reality Check, Just Design Community, Gra’minu Film and Media, The Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival, The Cowichan International Festival of Film and Art Society, The Cowichan Intercultural Society, VIU in its days as Malaspina, The Island Farmer’s Alliance, Inclusive Leadership, Teen Journey International, The Youth Empowerment Project, Canada World Youth, The Duncan Farmer’s Market, Island Farms, Generation Youth, The Walk of Nations, Community Connections, Cowichan Green Community, Cowichan Spirit Festival, Cowichan Spirit Drummers 2008, Royal Roads University, Cowichan Youth Services, Creating Home, Byte Camp, Film Cowichan, CMHA, The Cowichan Caregivers, Shawnigan Lake Walk…………
October 20th, 2018
VOTE Staples for MAYOR, a VOTE for Community
VOTE STAPLES, Michelle for Mayor
I am invested in this Valley and love this City. I have lived here long enough to see this city grow from a virtual ghost town into a vibrant community - to see racism shifting its views and organic and green become mainstream.
Much of sitting on a council is dealing with the infrastructure of a city and every decision councils make whether it be septic or sidewalks or to plant aspen or apples, each decision made has a direct impact on the people who live here.
If we plant apples we increase air quality and provide food for organizations to use to support people who are struggling. If we build sidewalks that have benches for seniors to rest on, are wide enough for strollers and walkers, with bike lanes that are safe and well designed WITH input from the people who are most impacted that is how we can best support their needs. When viewed from this perspective, even infrastructure decisions become part of a larger picture where every choice in some way effects physical, social and environmental aspects of this City.
I recognize that much has been done here and , that there is much left to do in order so they are safe, healthy and sustained, waters are
protected, housing is affordable and sustainable economic and social growth are able to develop in ways that support the highest vision this city can create for itself.
A vision of this City and this region, that will be apparent long after we have all moved on. Where our grandchildren will know that everyone who came before them had the courage to build a localised, sustainable and resilient community that knew how to take care of every single person who lived in it and protected its resources. And, had the foresight to include its community leaders, neighbours and the voices of its people in the process.
After 7 years on council and with Mayor Kent announcing his retirement, I am running for Mayor where I will continue my participation in working towards building our city. I know that with a strong vision and a council made up of diverse views who are WILLING and ABLE to work through differences, make decisions that take action and demonstrate leadership we can become a destination city that encourages new business, support all of our citizens and leads with innovation.