About

BOB WELLS

Courtenay City Council 2019

I have a loving family, my wife Michelle and my 3 kids Megan, Connor and Quinn.

My wife and I moved to Courtenay in 2003 after our car broke down at Mt Washington and we decided to move here. I’ve been a serial entrepreneur since high school owning several businesses. I have always had a commitment to my community have been volunteering since I moved here for organizations including Rotary, YANA, Child Development, Project Watershed, Chamber of Commerce, Startup Comox Valley / Canada, ElderCollege, Evergreen Seniors, Habitat for Humanity, and most recently became an Adaptive Snowsports Instructor.

My priorities if elected are to continue to look for opportunities to work with K’ómoks First Nation and other Indigenous groups towards meaningful reconciliation, develop our Affordable Housing Strategy (with over 1200 new units constructed in the past 4 years), Improve Senior Services (Ocean Front Village just opened), Family doctor Recruitment (has been successful bringing doctors to the Valley), and Community Safety. Over the past 4 years we have nearly doubled our bylaw enforcement hours as well as modernizing our bylaws resulting in closing down nuisance houses while recovering over $20,000 in fines. We also have a great opportunity to develop a modern Economic Development Plan to bring us into the future.

In 2003 my wife and I “retired” to Courtenay from Victoria. We were drawn to all the outdoor activities, natural beauty as well as the phenomenal arts community. We decided this would be the perfect place to have a family and call home.

In 2007 our twins Megan and Connor were born and due to complications they had to spend 4 months at Victoria General Hospital’s Neonatal intensive care unit. We were overwhelmed with the support we received not only from friends and family, but also from YANA (You Are Not Alone) that supported us so we could look after our twins.  YANA is a great example of what makes the Comox Valley an amazing place to live.

Bob and Michelle Wells
Mayor Bob Wells with wife Michelle and 3 children
Bob Wells and family. McKinnon Photography
Since moving to Courtenay in 2003, I have worked tirelessly to make a positive impact on the community.
  • As Treasurer and President of CYMC (the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre) I was able to make sound financial decisions to get the organization back from the brink of financial collapse. Although we had to make tough decisions, they were necessary to allow the organization to survive. And through teamwork with other arts organizations helped the Comox Valley be the 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada.
  • I am proud of my volunteer work as a Rotarian in the Comox Valley.  I have worked since 2003 with Rotary Youth Exchange, helping local students study abroad, as well as have international students come to the Comox Valley to live for a year.  As President of the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club I was able to help create a vision for our club.  I was able to donate $10,000 to the Hospice Society, towards their dream of building a residential care facility.  I also donated $5000 to Jeneece Place located at the Victoria General Hospital, where families can stay while their children receive critical health care. Rotary has allowed me to make a difference not only in the Comox Valley, but internationally as well.  
  • I have been fortunate enough to be able to support many organizations in the Comox Valley since 2003 including Rotary, YANA, Child Development, CYMC, MusicFest, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Elder College, Probus, the Comox Valley Airshow and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.
After graduating high school in 1991 I traveled to South Africa to fight apartheid and to live there for a year.  It was the most amazing year of my life that I will always treasure.  As a 17-year-old I thought I was going to change the world, but as it turns out the world changed me. After returning from South Africa I ran for city council in Salmon Arm in 1993 as the youngest candidate in BC.
 
I also founded the Silicon Garden Computer Co-op in Salmon Arm in 1997, a business model that helped shape the creation of My Tech Guys in 2006.  While in Salmon Arm I volunteered for the Justice Institute’s Youth Community Alternative Measures Program, focused on restorative justice and designed to work with youth at risk of going to jail and living a life of crime.