John Douglas


John Douglas


Port Alberni

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Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?



If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?



Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

Yes, through lobbying, networking, planning with our local educational committees

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

Through funding opportunities and fostering partnerships

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

Yes, through current and new programs, and through currently City owned spaces

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Via partnerships in tourism and with our rich first nation neighbours

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Making City spaces available, encouraging vacant buildings for studio spaces, encouraging art displays for public displays

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

Funding, space availability,education re their importance


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

Committees, volunteerism, promotions