B.C. municipal election 2018: Sayward results

John MacDonald is the mayor of Sayward by acclamation.

MacDonald ran unopposed. Incumbent councillors Joyce Ellis, Norm Kirschner were reelected. They will be joined by newcomers Wesley Cragg and William Ives.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates.



John MacDonald (incumbent)


Wesley Cragg

Joyce Ellis (incumbent)

William Ives

Norm Kirschner (incumbent)

Michael Marsh


Sayward is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, at the mouth of the Salmon River and right on the Johnstone Strait across from Hardwicke Island. Campbell River is about a 75-kilometre drive away.

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Population (2016)



Sayward began life as Port Kusum in the 1890s. The community was renamed after merchant and carpenter William Parsons Sayward in 1911.

A First Nation community was located on the Salmon River.

The man for whom the village is named had moved to Victoria from California in 1858 and found success in the lumber industry.

He never visited Sayward itself, but the government wanted to honour him.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median


Political representation


Rachel Blaney (NDP)


Claire Trevena (BC NDP)