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January 19, 2017

Four-time Olympic Rower, Community Advocate David Calder Running for BC Liberals in Saanich South

BC Liberal members, supporters, and community leaders gathered at a packed nomination meeting in Cordova Bay to welcome Olympic medalist, coach, and community advocate David Calder as the newest member of the BC Liberal candidate team.

“I’m a strong believer in giving back to the community that has given my family and me so much,” Calder said. “In my athletic career, I’ve learned both work ethic and humility – qualities I hope to bring to serving Saanich South residents as their MLA.”

Calder believes that positive change starts at home. Having been adopted into his family, David appreciates the value of a safe home, so, along with raising their two children of 7 and 12, David and his wife Rachel have until recently fostered children from the broader community.  A passionate advocate for healthy communities, Calder worked on efforts to reduce and offset the Canadian Olympic teams’ carbon footprint while the team traveled and competed in London.

In addition to competing as a rower in four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012), Calder has worked as a community engagement manager in the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas.  He now manages a rowing and paddling center on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria, and coaches athletes of all ages.

“We believe Saanich South is ready for positive change, and I know that David is the one to deliver it,” said Minister Todd Stone, 2017 BC Liberal campaign co-chair, who spoke at the meeting. “He brings a fresh perspective, integrity, and a strong sense of Vancouver Island values to this competitive race.”

“The BC Liberals have a strong economic plan that will support the future I want to help shape,” Calder added. “That’s a future where we can ensure our most vulnerable are cared for, and where we strike the right balance between the growing our economy and protecting our environment.”

Today’s BC Liberals have now nominated 72 candidates province-wide. The provincial election will be held May 9th, 2017.