Clarke Gourlay has submitted nomination papers to the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) in the campaign for Director of Electoral Area G (French Creek, Dashwood, Englishman River).
“This is an exciting new opportunity for me to serve and lead in the future of both Area G and the overall Regional District of Nanaimo,” Gourlay said in a press release.
Gourlay has been a resident of Area G (French Creek) for more than 18 years. Together with his wife Nancy, he founded and acts as general manager of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm. He is also an active partner in Mooberry Winery.
Through these businesses Gourlay has for years played an active role in the wider Oceanside region by welcoming both residents and visitors to the farm, by providing year-round employment for a diverse team of employees and by producing quality local food and drink.
Gourlay holds an MA in Leadership and Management which, together with his years-long leadership in his business, has sharpened his skills to serve well on the RDN.
He has also recently served for four years as a Commissioner of the Agricultural Land Commission, during which time he worked with land planners, regional governments and private individuals to promote the agricultural uses of land within the Agricultural Land Reserve.
As a volunteer Gourlay has served on the executive (treasurer) of the Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island Section as a board member and chair of a local church. He also serves as a board member of the newly formed Medair Canada, an international humanitarian aid agency based in Switzerland, with which he worked during his earlier career.
Riparian protection is also a related priority (and a very current issue in Area G), and Gourlay’s commitment is evident through his management of almost 1 km of Morningstar Creek as it passes through his farm.