Since being fired from his job as Caretaker of Crippen Park and evicted from the Metro Parks-owned cottage he called his home, housing activist and former candidate for council, Michael Chapman, has been dabbling on the edge of homelessness.

After moving out of the cottage on Cardena Road last February, Chapman headed to Terrace, BC, to visit family. He says health complications made him realize that Bowen was the right place for him to be.

“This is where my network is,” he says. “I’ve been on Bowen since 1979 when I was 14 years old. Before coming back though, I did do a road trip across Canada. That made it clear to me that the housing problem is everywhere, I would rather stick with the community I know and try to come up with solutions that can work for us.”

Since his return in July, Chapman has settled into life on his 23-foot day sailor, docked in the Bowen Island Marina.