Andrew spent his childhood exploring the creek behind his house in the the Lower Mainland which began a lifelong affection for water and its critters within.  As the only child of a single working mother, Andrew spent his youth dividing his time between the lower mainland and visiting his father in the Kootenays which enabled him to become equally skilled in navigating both the BC Transit System and the BC wilderness in a canoe.  After high school, Andrew worked in a bike shop which led to a love of all things on two wheels.

This foundation of exploration, playing in the outdoors, and discovering greener ways to travel led Andrew into a career in environmental protection and sustainability.  Andrew spent most of his fifteen-year career speaking with people. Starting as a Park Ranger and Environmental Educator in Burnaby, he moved on from there to work within the non-profit sector for Evergreen and spent over a decade working with communities and stakeholders to address urban sustainability issues across the lower mainland.  Andrew then moved into Public Service working as the Environmental Coordinator for the City of Richmond, and now works with the Province of BC as a Riparian (Fisheries) Biologist.

Andrew has had many great experiences over his career – He has had sea lions sit on his lap, has loaned CEOs of national corporations his shoes, and has led an Earth Day event that planted 4000 native plants in one day.  Andrew feels fortunate to have worked and volunteered with organizations that have given him a background in planning, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable communities. Over the course of his career, Andrew has developed a strong interest and ability in engagement, dialogue, and citizen participation.  Andrew considers the best part of all of his encounters conveying scientific ideas to “non-specialists” in an engaging way.

Andrew has been already active within the Oak Bay community in a variety of ways:

– Andrew volunteered as a coach for Bays United Football Club.

– For the last two years, Andrew has served in Oak Bay on the District’s Advisory Planning Commission and was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on public engagement.

– Andrew is also a board member of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network.  Andrew recently represented this organization by leading information and engagement sessions with Oak Bay District residents to ask them about possible improvements and use for a mostly abandoned, unused public space located at Turkey Head in Oak Bay. After their enquiries, the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network summarized their research and presented it to the District of Oak Bay Council.

In Andrew’s spare time, you are most likely to find him riding his bike.  He is an avid cyclist with a “mediocre” competitive record (He likes to refer to himself as an “enthusiastic participant”).  Andrew has been married to Jodi for eighteen years and has two sons aged eleven and fourteen. Their household also includes a somewhat cynical lizard and a slightly rotund cat.  Like most south islanders, the Appletons are an outdoorsy family that love to camp, hike, cycle and fish.

Follow Andrew on Twitter:  @TheCapitalIdeal

Andrew with his wife Jodi and sons Eric and Malcolm