Water, growth top Cole’s agenda

Having travelled the world as an entertainer, city council candidate Bobby Cole thinks it’s time for Duncan to look beyond its city limits for solutions.

"Maybe they have some great ideas we can use," he said. "We have to look beyond ourselves and look globally for ideas we can use."

Cole grew up in Duncan, but left for Montreal to work with Cirque du Soleil after completing the jazz program at Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University). After working in many places as an entertainer, he returned to Duncan about four years ago, where he continues to work in his field.

Cole has served on various chambers of commerce and arts councils, and has a good idea of what city councils do. "The Summerland Chamber of Commerce [of which he was a member] is actually funded by the city, so it works very closely with council," Cole related.

Protection of the watershed and the city’s threatened water supply are among Cole’s top priorities. He also wants to make sure he consults with Duncan voters.

"I envision growth and prosperity for the city," he said. "We need to listen and govern on behalf of the citizens.

"I love the city, I love the people, I love the environment. It’s an incredible place, and I’d like to contribute my experience."