Jeff Bateman


​​I was born in Alliston, Ont. in 1956 to a career military father and homemaker mother. We moved from one posting to the next (including London, England circa Beatlemania) before settling in Ottawa in the late '60s. I met my wife Carolyn when we were both in Carleton University's journalism program, and we've been together ever since while living and working (with no children and various beloved cats) in Toronto, on Salt Spring Island and in Vancouver. We lucked upon our Whiffin Spit home one glorious spring afternoon in May, 2003 and have grown to love the peace, the  forested setting, the prevailing winds, the hot-and-cold running wildlife and the ready access to the Spit. My favourite haunts locally include Sooke Yoga and Wellness, the Stick in the Mud Coffeehouse, the public library and, in what would be an utter shock to my younger self, municipal council chambers for public meetings that I have often called "the best Monday night entertainment in town." 

I spent more than three decades as a staff and freelance writer with a focus on the music

industry and tourism marketing.  Shifting into semi-retirement, I became active in local

volunteerism a decade ago.  I was president of Transition Sooke for five years before recently

stepping down to run for council a second time, and I'm now in my final months as the

two-term/four-year president of the Edward Milne Community School Society.  

Following a fascinating and rewarding life challenge during the 2014 election, i was appointed for 

two-year stints to the District's  Climate Change Action Committee (as chairperson)

and its Community Centre Advisory Committee


With Transition Sooke, I've led a grassroots team of caring, progressive locals who wish to rekindle a sustainable, resilient, common sense and connected community. Sooke has traditionally been all of those things and remains so to an impressive degree. Yet to keep these values thriving, we've been creating working groups (Zero Waste Sooke, for one), hosting  speaker and film nights, organizing rewarding open-space community dialogues, and presenting a growing list of special events -- the Sooke Region Ecohome Tour, the Sooke Repair Cafes  and theSooke Region Earth Day Celebrations  included.  I've also led delegations to council regarding single-use plastic reduction, alternative energy initiatives, a bear-smart garbage bylaw and oil tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We've demonstrated, in our own quiet, minimal-budget way, the "power of just doing stuff," to quote the title of an inspiring book written by Transition founder Rob Hopkins.  
 

Local Volunteerism

- Transition Sooke: President (2014-18)

- Core team member of Zero Waste Sooke, Wild Wise Sooke, and the Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative.   

- Edward Milne Community School Society: President (2015-18)  
- Sooke Farmland Trust Society: Board member (2013-17)  
- Team member with Sooke for the Peace Valley, Dogwood BC's Sooke chapter and Save Our Coast Sooke
- District of Sooke appointments: Climate Change Action Committee chair (2015/16), Community Centre

Advisory Committee (2015/16), Community Grants (2012), Economic Development (2011) 
- Campaign Manager for Alanda Carver, JDF Electoral Area campaign (2011) 
- Social media content provider in whole for Transition Sooke, Sooke Region Food CHI and Awareness Film Night,

and in part for Sooke Yoga & Wellness, EMCS Society Programs, Zero Waste Sooke and Wild Wise Sooke. 


Career Background
- My website

- Bachelor of Journalism,  Carleton University, Ottawa
- More than three decades as a staff and freelance writer/editor in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Sooke   
- Staff positions with Transport Canada, the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors, Global Television Network 

and the Performing Rights Organization of Canada (now SOCAN)
- Senior editor of The Record, Canada's music industry weekly business magazine
- Freelance contributor to Vancouver, Western Living, EAT and Westworld  magazines 
- Contract copywriter with BC Tourism, Tourism Vancouver Island, Oceanside Tourism and Vancouver Island North
- Other clients have included Pharmasave National, the University of British Columbia Sustainability Office, the Pacific Music Industry Association,

True North Records, BMG Music Canada and Carol Marks-George Publicity.  

 

  About Jeff Candidate for Sooke Council 2018