A Fine Balance
After a busy and successful career as a lawyer – working as a Crown prosecutor, acting for real estate regulators and real estate boards, teaching real estate law at UBC, developing legal courses for Realtors® and writing highly regarded legal manuals – Mike Mangan is really enjoying retirement. “It’s a very sweet time of life,” he says, enjoying the chance to get to the gym, go for coffee and a walk every afternoon, and spend more time with his wife, Bea Rhodes.
Mike’s deep respect for education and lifelong love of learning remain undiminished, with more time and new opportunities to pursue his intellectual interests. One source he regularly turns to is Knowledge Network. “In this time when there’s so much conflict and political division and so much debate and discourse in the news, it’s wonderful to find a channel that’s just focused on providing accurate, helpful information,” he says. “It’s a bit of a respite from all the noise of the world.”
Mike appreciates the emphasis and support that Knowledge gives to BC artists in series like Take Me Home and A Window Looking In, the latter of which profiled his son, award-winning singer/songwriter Dan Mangan. He also likes the diversity of programming for just about every demographic, from the learning-focused shows on Knowledge Kids (he records them for his young grandchildren) to the travel series enjoyed by house-bound seniors.
It was an easy choice for Mike to support Knowledge as a monthly Leadership Circle donor. “Something about the political climate of the last five to ten years, seeing how many democratic norms that we take for granted can be diminished or even lost, it makes me appreciate Knowledge even more,” he says. “When I think about the prospect of it not being there – that would be a terrible loss.”