My name is Cam McLennan and I am running for Sidney town council.
I was born at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and have lived in Sidney and the surrounding area my whole life. As an adolescent I spent most days hanging out in Sidney with friends. I have watched Sidney grow over the years, and I believe it’s the people that make a town, not the buildings.
As Sidney grows, it’s important to hold on to that small town spirit. Sidney is a special place, the kind of place where you can still say hello to people on the street and not get a weird look in return. I have been fortunate enough in life to do some travelling and there are not too many places like Sidney.
As for my day job, I am the president/owner of a local lawn and landscaping company called Island Pro Mowing and Landscaping. We specialize in lawn maintenance and landscaping services for residential and commercial customers from Sidney to Victoria. Under this company, I also operate Island Pro Bins, & Island Pro Septic.
They say that behind every great man, is a great woman. Well that is for sure! I met Sarah, my wife of 13 years, in this great little town of ours. We met in high school, and now have three sons ages ten, six, and four. Yes they can be a handful at times, but we manage!
Our Ten year old Noah likes to play Soccer and video games, as most ten year old boys do these days. Our other two boys, Liam (six) and Ewan (four) like to play in the yard and help mom in the garden. When I was growing up in Sidney, there was not much offered in the way of activities for youth, but nowadays there are more programs and the parks are much better!
I would like to hear from youth and young families as to what they want to see for activities and programs in Sidney, this is a vital part of a healthy community. Hobbies, well I have a huge passion for classic cars! Since 2009 I have been an active member in the Torque Masters Car Club. In 2010, I led the charge to bring back the annual Auto Extravaganza car show fundraiser, and have been on the organizing committee of the event for the last nine years.
My passion for cars and charitable work really comes to the surface in August, when over three hundred classic and special interest cars flood the streets of Sidney, and thousands of spectators come to see what Sidney has to offer. I also volunteer my time with the Saanich Peninsula Celebrations Society, as the Parade Marshal for the July 1, Canada Day parade as well as the Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade in December. Marshaling the parades is hard work, but a lot of fun.
Times are tough these days for young families and it’s hard to get ahead. My wife is a stay at home mom, and has a little hobby business refinishing furniture and making natural products. I have a good job, but it still feels like we are treading water, never feeling as though we are getting ahead. Many young families are forced to move away from Sidney due to expensive housing costs and lack of rental homes. I want to continue to work with land developers and non-profit organizations, to come up with innovative ways in today’s expensive market to build more affordable housing and more rental housing, so we can keep the less fortunate and young families in Sidney.