Park Board Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon
Better parks and recreation for Vancouver has been Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon's passion for many years. He has been an advocate for parks and green space issues, with a focus on access, preservation, and conservation.
Commissioner Mackinnon is the Special Education department head and school based resource teacher at Killarney Secondary. A believer in life-long learning, Stuart has a BA in anthropology, a BEd in teaching english as a second language, and a MA Ed in leadership and administration.
Commissioner Mackinnon believes in giving back to his community. He has served on many community boards including: the Vancouver Botanical Garden Association, the Vancouver Public Library, the Wilderness Committee, and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). He has been a volunteer at many organizations including May's Place, a free-standing hospice in the Downtown Eastside, and the Mission to Seafarers in the port.
This is Commissioner Mackinnon's second term on the Park Board as he was elected from 2008-11. In his first term he worked for better maintenance of our parks and gardens. He fought against recreational fees for toddlers. He proposed measures to turn down the noise in our parks, and ensured that washrooms were open, accessible, and clean.
Commissioner Mackinnon's goals for this term include:
- Better community involvement in Parks and Recreation
- Clean, well maintained, non-commercialized public spaces
- Cruelty-free parks for Vancouver
Liaison to community centre associations
- Britannia Community Services Society
- Champlain Heights Community Association
- Ray-Cam Co-operative Association
- Cultural Communities Advisory Committee
- Hastings Park Conservancy