Sam Waddington was elected to Chilliwack City Council in 2014, receiving the most votes of any candidate for council. Delivering on campaign promises, Sam became the founding Chair of the Public Engagement Committee, previously the Rural Advisory Committee, and hosted town-hall engagement meetings throughout the community. He was also the founding Chair of the Public Art Committee, and the Parks and Trail Committee, bringing these new community needs to the forefront of City Planning. The Parks and Trails Committee has since built a Trail Network Plan, the Greenspace Plan, and the Blueways Strategy, all of which have been foundational to the expansions in green space infrastructure throughout Chilliwack. For the last 3 years Sam has been the Chair of the Transportation Committee, overseeing the largest expansion to our transit system in the City’s history, as well as implementing Cycle Vision, Chilliwack’s first complete cycling plan.
In addition to his role as Councillor, Sam represents the City of Chilliwack on the board of the Fraser Valley Regional District along with Mayors and Councillors from across the region. At the FVRD Sam has been the Chair of the Aboriginal Relations Committee, building relationships with Indigenous communities and helping create the base framework for Treaty Negotiations.
Sam is currently serving his second term on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, representing Chilliwack, our Region and BC to the Federal Government. In his time with FCM he has played a key role on the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, the Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Policy Committee, as well as working to increase the involvement of women, minorities and young people in elected office across Canada.