Mayor Silas White
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Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Silas White returned to Gibsons 18 years ago after spending time in Vancouver and Toronto to attend university, build a business and start an indie-rock band. Silas has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UBC, and International Association of Public Participation training.
He was first elected to Gibsons council in 2014 after serving as a Sunshine Coast school trustee for nine years, including six as Board Chair and five in provincial leadership positions. Silas has worked as a book publisher and editor for leading Canadian publishers; a contract negotiator for the provincial government; and a local government consultant in housing, economic development, public engagement and Indigenous relations. He lives in the Town of Gibsons with his daughters Simone and Eloise.
Silas has master’s degree-level training and experience in public sector leadership, financial management, economics, administrative law, accounting, strategic planning, statistics and public policy. In 2010, he partnered with numerous community organizations and leaders of all ages to spearhead VOICE on the Coast, a successful advocacy group for the attraction and retention of young families on the Coast. His other volunteer directorships and positions have included the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, Sunshine Coast Community Futures, Association of Canadian Publishers and the Area “A” Advisory Planning Commission. In 2009, he was named by the industry publication Quill & Quire as one of the “twelve to watch” in Canadian publishing. Silas and his family have been strong supporters of Gibsons Elementary School, the Sunshine Coast Museum, the Gibsons & District Public Library, the Gibsons Public Market and local arts organizations.