Donovan Cavers considered running this year for council and school board.
The 33-year-old incumbent city councillor has been taking classes at Thompson Rivers University to one day become a teacher and considered running for both offices — which is allowed — due to an increased focus on schools of choice over community schools.
“I think that there’s a lot of value to that [community schools] because of the social connections that students can make and actually carry those social connections after school,” he said.
“They can make friends in their neighbourhood. To me, that’s a little bit of a challenge with how the school culture, whatever you want to call it, is set up in Kamloops right now.”
In the end, he felt running for both offices would confuse voters and take too much time out of an already busy schedule, which also includes catering work.
The sentiment, however, is quintessential Cavers, who is known to be moved to action for a cause.
Through two terms on council, he became the city’s transit advocate.
He was a vocal opponent of the defeated Ajax mine and isn’t shy to ask questions or poke the hive around the horseshoe at city hall.
Sometimes, however, that passion gets him into trouble.
He took flak for sharing a photo of himself flipping off binders containing the Ajax application and, more recently, for a Tweet suggesting B.C. leave Canada over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
“My reaction to it is water off a duck’s back,” Cavers said.
“It doesn’t really bother me because I know taking a strong stance is very important. I have tough skin.
“I probably won’t do it as much. I am in my 30s now … when it impacts people that I’m with, that, to me, is a problem. It’s hard to always anticipate what the fallout’s going to be from taking a strong stand.”
Ultimately, Cavers is seeking re-election to ensure the city’s Transportation Master Plan, which was recently completed, is carried out.
That plan is expected to shift resources from roads toward alternate modes of transportation, such as walking and biking.
“The plan is pretty good, but I’ve seen lots of plans get created that never get implemented,” he said.
“I feel like it definitely needs a champion to push for it.”
He is relieved to have the Ajax issue silent, which he said took up half of his time in his first seven years in office.