Michael Clague (C.M.)
Michael Clague works in the fields of adult education, social policy and planning and community development. He has done so in rural and urban areas for the three levels of government, for the voluntary sector and as a private consultant. He has taught and written and published extensively on public policy issues, community development and social planning. His most recent book is called Staying True, Staying the Course: A Study of Ten Successful Community Service Organizations in British Columbia (1997-2008).
Michael has been executive director of three voluntary agencies, the Britannia Community Services Centre (Vancouver), the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC of BC, Vancouver). From 1996 to 2005 he was director of a City of Vancouver facility, the Carnegie Community Centre. It was during this period that Michael learned about the power of the arts for building community and community arts activity became the focal point of his tenure at Carnegie, culminating in the 2003 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Carnegie Centre and the Downtown Eastside Community Play.
Currently he is somewhat retired. He is President of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and in this role is working with arts stakeholders in the DTES for the development of a “Community Arts Fund” to support Downtown Eastside residents’ participation in the arts. He is a member of the advisory board of the Columbia Institute for Civic Governance and a member of the board of the Fraser Basin Council. He is Past President of the Carold Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship in Social Change (Harrowsmith, Ontario) and of the Canadian Council on Social Development. Michael was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2008.