Diane Brennan for Nanaimo

Diane BrennanCity councillor Diane Brennan will be a candidate for Mayor of Nanaimo in the November 2008 municipal election. Brennan wants to see a more balanced approach to decision-making on Nanaimo City Council. She has set out five clear goals that will guide her campaign - and her decisions as mayor - if she is elected. They are:

1) to encourage an open, collaborative leadership style
2) to focus on long-term sustainability in economic and social development decisions
3) to celebrate and build on Nanaimo's rich ethnic and cultural diversity
4) to recognize that healthy social and economic development go hand-in-hand
5) to work with community groups to protect our natural environment

"I am running for mayor because it is time for a fresh approach to leadership for our city; one that is strongly grounded in electoral and community experience," said Brennan. "I have been a school trustee, and, for the past six years, a city councillor. Since 2005 I have been one of seven city appointees to the Regional District of Nanaimo. I know and love this community and I am prepared to bring fresh energy and ideas to the job of mayor."

Diane Brennan will bring a wealth of political experience to the office of mayor. She has co-chaired or chaired the Safety, Social Planning, and Liquor Control Strategy committees. She sat on the First Nations Education Funding Agreement Committee as a school trustee and, as a councillor, she is a member of the Protocol Agreement Working Group with the the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the Secondary Suites Task Force, and the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership Society. She is a member of the Regional District Transit Committee.

Brennan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria, has training in conflict resolution and negotiation, and has worked as a senior para-legal and poverty law advocate at the Doug Traill Memorial Law Centre. Diane is married to Jamie Brennan, chair of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District, and is a mother of four and grandmother of four. She has lived in Nanaimo since 1976, and is a member of Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association.

"We've accomplished a lot in this community in recent years," said Brennan. "But we can and must do more. I'm going to work hard to become mayor and even harder if I am elected to make that happen."

For more information on Diane Brennan's campaign, call 250-758-3676.

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