My name is Michael Walton and I want to serve the people of Cumberland as village councillor. My wife Marianne Bell and I have deep roots in the community with four generations of our family residing in Cumberland.
Since retiring and moving back to Cumberland I have come to appreciate the hard work and leadership of the mayor and council. If elected, I want to continue the process of creating the community envisioned in our OCP; a community alive with activity, surrounded by living forests and wetlands, a downtown core that retains its historic look and feel with shops and businesses that offer respite from the sameness found elsewhere. That vision coupled with the arts and music community and outdoor recreation opportunities make Cumberland a desirable place to live for all generations.
I have extensive experience from both my professional life and volunteer work. As a lawyer I practised labour, employment and human rights law and acted as a negotiator for both union and employer clients. Prior to returning to school in my late 30s I worked in carpentry after apprenticing with the Campbell River local of the UBC&J.
My volunteer work includes: Halston Hills Housing Co-Operative, vice-president; BC Industrial Relations Association, president; BC Treaty Commission (Lower Mainland Regional Advisory Committee), labour representative; Burnaby Douglas NDP Federal Riding Association, president; Kootenay Society for the Handicapped, director; BC Human Rights Coalition, regional representative; Carpenters’ Union, Local 1719, treasurer. On November 15 mark an X beside Walton.
Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250-400-5327.