Sam scrummed: What will be Sullivan's next move?
One of the top questions I get asked when I make my way around town is "How's Sam?" I sense most people genuinely want to know what has become of the 15-year veteran of Vancouver Council now that he has stepped away from public life and is no longer the Mayor.
I've been in contact with him since leaving office and I know the first few months post-election were a bit strange for him. No more late night public hearings. No more responding to letters from upset constituents. No more attacks from the media. It was all a bit unnerving for someone who had committed himself to public life for so long.
Over the last several months, he and his fiancée Lynn have been doing a bit of travelling and he's picked up a few gigs as a guest speaker on the lecture circuit. However, Sullivan has also been busy mapping out what the next chapter of his life will be. Although he remains committed to working with the disabled community, his main passion remains the development and support of good public policy as it pertains to cities.
We have it on good authority that on November 5th, Sam Sullivan will be announcing a new direction. Will Sam get back into politics? Will he run Federally in the next election as some have surmised? Well, if I let the cat out of the bag now, nobody would show up for his news conference now would they?
The transition from public life to private life can often prove difficult for politicians. They've spent years being at the centre of attention and making decisions that can affect everyone's day-to-day lives. I'm hopeful that when Sam Sullivan announces what the next chapter will bring in his life, it will be embraced and supported by a community that has provided him with limitless opportunities.