Personal and Career History
Noel has deep personal roots on the scenic Sunshine Coast of BC. He moved to Sechelt in 1994 and graduated from Chatelech Secondary with a Provincial Scholarship in the year 2000. In his youth the community offered him education, employment, training, mentorship, and above all, friendship. The amazing support and resources he received from the community allowed him to prosper. He left Sechelt to pursue higher education, a perennial theme among coastal youth, but always retained close ties with the community. Noel is happy to have returned to the Coast to raise his daughter.
Noel attended the University of British Columbia between 2001-05, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts combined majors in Economics and Geography. During his years at UBC he became active in student politics, attending 7 different ‘Model UN’ conferences and actively engaging his cohort in political debate. In 2005 Noel was chosen by his peers to lead the UBC Delegation to compete at the NCAA ‘National Model UN Conference’, held annually at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Since then, Noel has served as a Campaign Manager in Federal, Provincial, and Municipal elections. This experience has fueled his passion to produce a shift towards sustainability in our economy and policy.
In 2013 Noel was elected to the BC Green Party Provincial Council as a ‘Regional Representative’ for West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Sea to Sky and the Sunshine Coast. During his first year on council he was pivotal in a leadership change that saw 8 out of 14 candidates recruited from his region. Furthermore, they managed to elect from this group: a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Councillor, transforming the face of the BC Green Party.
In November 2014, Noel was elected to Sechelt Council and served the District of Sechelt for 4 years as Councillor. In that time Noel lead many Council initiatives and was appointed Chair of Planning and Development by his colleagues. Noel was instrumental in the forming of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization. Additionally, he led the charge towards correcting Sechelt’s infrastructure deficit, and aided in performing financial and administrative overhaul of the District’s administration.
In his time of Sechelt Council Noel was also instrumental in a variety of Municipal initiatives that translated to the Provincial level through the UBCM membership and policy system. These initiatives include: oil spill preparedness, divestment of municipal funds from fossil fuels, forestry, and climate initiatives of all types.
In 2019 Noel stepped away from Municipal Government to focus on solutions to the impending global climate crisis at a Provincial, National and International level.