Ian Thomas was born and raised in Port Alberni and graduated from Alberni District Secondary School.
Thomas worked in the forest industry and also worked for the City of Victoria. While a member of CUPE, he became a negotiator at contract time, and a representative to the Victoria Labour Council.
Thomas attended, the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), studying aircraft maintenance. He returned to Port Alberni to raise a family and has spent the last 30 years with Coulson Flying Tankers as a flight engineer and mechanic.
Thomas raised two boys here and was a softball coach, soccer coach and Scout leader. He is presently a member of the Arrowsmith Amateur Radio Club and Port Alberni Salmon Festival Society.
“My platform is ‘growth through fiscal management with curb appeal’. I envision a working team at city hall, stopping the waste of tax dollars on duplication and frivolous items, and holding the line on any tax increases,” he said.
“City hall needs to be accessible, and expedient for business growth with total transparency. I believe industry, business and tourism can co-exist here.”
It’s the cleanliness of this town that needs to be “kicked up a notch”, so tourists will take notice and want to stop here. First impression, lasting impression, he said.
Port Alberni has the potential to be the Best place in Canada.