John Bennie


John Bennie


School District #70: Alberni

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)



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?

Although I am not aware of the amount invested in the arts by local government, I have always been a strong support of arts, culture and heritage in the community - and would advocate for an increase in funding if possible.


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?

As a member of the local amateur performing arts (Choir and Musical Theatre) in the community during my time in Port Alberni, I feel it is important to advocate for the existence and growth of arts, culture and heritage in the community. The community is strengthened and enriched as a result!


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 - by continuing to support programs in our school district such as band/music and drama, and advocating against any proposed cuts to them.

Cultural Growth

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

Again, by support and advocacy for funding, and against cuts or reductions.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, starting with accessibility to school facilities for use as performing or exhibition spaces.

Cultural Tourism

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

Not sure that is really in the purview of the school district.

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

To encourage, if at all possible, the use of school space for arts and culture purposes

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?

Perhaps having more centralized management of arts and culture in the community.


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

I have been an amateur performer (Choir and Musical Theatre) as well attending arts and cultural events from time to time over the years in the community.