I draw much of my inspiration from this community that I’ve been proud to call home for my entire life. I was born in Victoria, attended Oak Bay High School, raised my family in Gordon Head and built a career here. As a professor at the University of Victoria for the past twenty years, I have been fortunate enough to work with, and teach, some of the brightest minds in science.
For me, science is most exciting when it makes a positive difference in our lives. This is why I chose to become a climate scientist. To have an impact science needs to be shared, and so I have also come to believe that for science to be effective, it must be communicated effectively. This belief has informed not only my work at the university, but also my involvement in the community–particularly with children and youth.
I love working with young people and seeing their enthusiasm for education grow. I believe the better educated our children are, the more effectively they will be positioned to tackle the challenges that will shape their future. This is why, for years now, I have delivered presentations in schools and opened my labs for class field trips. I am proud to have co-created our School-Based Weather Station Network (please visit the website at victoriaweather.ca); many of you will have seen the weather being reported on CTV Vancouver Island from the school-based stations that I helped to install. Through partnerships with local teachers, this initiative helped provide learning resources and curriculum materials to assist schools in delivering the K-12 BC Science curriculum.
Outside of the classroom, I have spent many of my weekends coaching soccer and I have enjoyed serving on community boards such as the CRD Roundtable on the Environment and the Victoria Confederation of Parents Advisory Councils.
My professional pursuits have afforded me many opportunities to advise local, provincial, national and international governments from a variety of political parties on the best ways we can apply science to develop sound policies. I have enjoyed this role. But the time has come for me to shift from an advisory role to a more active one.
I’m not your typical MLA, but I made the shift from science to politics because I want to use my background in science, policy and the community to offer vital perspectives that will strengthen our province and its future.
My good friend, Elizabeth May, has shown what a strong voice can accomplish in Ottawa; I will be that voice, for you, in Victoria.
We have a lot of work to do over the next four years. I Will be here to answer to you, the voters of Oak Bay Gordon Head and if there’s one thing I’ve been reminded of during the campaign, it’s how much this community means to me. This is my home and I will do everything I can to build it and to protect it.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you over the next four years.
Dr. Andrew Weaver currently serves as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Prior to his election, Dr. Weaver served as Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has been a Lead Author on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s scientific assessments. He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers and was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009. Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the years he has received numerous awards including the E.W.R. NSERC Steacie Fellowship in 1997, the Killam Research Fellowship and a CIAR Young Explorers award as one of the top 20 scientists in Canada under the age of 40 in 2002, the CMOS President’s Prize in 2007, a Guggenheim fellowship in 2008 and the Royal Society of Canada Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science in 2011. In 2008 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2013 he was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.