Photo by Graham E. Bradley
Scott Colbourne for Islands Trust
Gabriola / Mudge / DeCourcy
Hello, my name is Scott Colbourne. I am a writer, communications consultant, community organizer, and a renter.
I grew up in a very small town before reluctantly being drawn by work to big cities, including over a decade as an editor and columnist at The Toronto Globe and Mail; as primary writer for Vancouver’s Cultural Olympiad in 2010; and as the communications lead for BC’s new Ministry of International Trade in Victoria.
After that experience in Victoria, I started working on progressive political campaigns, including OneCity Vancouver’s first election in 2014; Sheila Malcolmson’s federal NDP campaign in Nanaimo-Ladysmith in 2015; and I managed Gary Holman’s BC NDP campaign in Saanich North and the Gulf Islands last year.
Since moving to Snuneymuxw Territory, to the island now called Gabriola, I’ve put my hand up and I’ve been an active member of these linked island communities. I’ve worked in MP Malcolmson’s constituency office, on communications projects with Wave Consulting, as a job coach for local adults with exceptional abilities, and as an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department.
As a volunteer, I’ve energetically supported new initiatives such as the Healthy Transportation Network advocating for safe roads, ferry terminals, and pathways; the From Truth to Reconciliation Event Series; the Gabriola Food Hub; and the soon-to-launched Community Investment Co-operative, along with a network to support more new co-op ventures. My board experience includes GERTIE, the Community Hall, and the Haven.
To sum it all up, I’m okay with a lot of meetings. I’m applying to voters for the job of Trustee because I want to use these experiences to be a community connector, strengthening relationships between the Trust and the people it serves and ensuring that all levels of government work together to preserve and protect these special places and rural island neighbourhoods.