Candidates for Park Commissioner

Vancouver is the only municipality with an elected Park Board.

The seven Park Board Commissioners are responsible for managing facilities such as parks, pools, golf courses, and beaches.

The views expressed in these profiles are the views of the candidates and they are not endorsed by the City of Vancouver. The profiles are reproduced verbatim as submitted by the candidates and the content has not been altered in any way by the City.

Candidates are listed alphabetically. Select 'show more' to view candidate details.

 

AndalisCandidate statement

Juliet Andalis is well known for her community advocacy, as well as, an experienced volunteer and board member. Juliet managed and worked on several political campaigns, for municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Her community involvement is extensive.

Juliet was President for 6 consecutive years for the Filipino Association of British Columbia, which was the first association in British Columbia for Filipino-Canadians. She ran 3 years as Vice-President and 4 years as a Director.

Juliet was in the nursing profession for 40 years and her experience is very extensive. She has worked at BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Hospital for Children, and UBC Hospital in various units such as Oncology, Intensive Care Nursery, Neurology, Acute and Sub-Acute units, Palliative Care, and the Emergency Department.

Not only did Juliet work in hospitals, she is also a Certified Forster Parent for mentally and physically challenged children and young adults.

Contact

Phone: 604-716-2408

E-mail: juliet.andalis@gmail.com


Vision Vancouver

BarnesCandidate statement


As a single mother, Constance understands the importance of affordable and accessible child care. She sits on the Joint Council of Child Care and believes the Park Board plays a vital role in providing a safe place for all children.

Constance is a liaison to the LGBTQ Committee. She also sits on Accessibility and Service & Budget Committees.

She has devoted many hours to createing a new marketing plan that will benefit the Park Board financially as well creating opportunities to work with the Tourism industry.

In addition to her work as a Park Commissioner, Constance works at the Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Constance is passionate about are women’s rights, equality and healthy and fit youth and families.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: constance.barnes@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca


Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Blyth

Through her work advocating for youth, Sarah found herself working with people in Vancouver who were deeply passionate about issues affecting the community. She works at the New Fountain Homeless Shelter in the DTES and is a founding member of Portland FC, a soccer team that started out from the New Fountain Homeless Shelter.

She has been employed as a Youth Outreach Worker with SPEC and in Ecuador with the Environmental Youth Alliance.

Sarah is a founding partner of the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition. She is a contributor to Momentum magazine and has written for many publications, including Snowboard Canada, Skateboard Canada, EXPN and Terminal City.

As a mother, Sarah makes good use of Vancouver's parks and community gardens.

She has successfully worked with community groups to get what they need in their parks and community centres and bring the parks and recreation into the future with better use of technology.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: sarah.blyth@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca


NPA

Candidate statement

John Coupar is a passionate advocate for horticultural excellence in parks and green spaces. John is well known for his successful efforts in saving the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. John is President of Friends of the Bloedel Association, a Governor of VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and Chair of the Bloedel Committee. 

John was born in Vancouver and was a long-time resident of the Dunbar area, where he and his wife Heather raised two children. Recently, they moved into the Village on False Creek, the greenest community in North America. 
Coupar has spent his working career in senior management positions in a number of well known Canadian corporations. Four years ago, he founded a successful marketing company. He has an enthusiastic and positive approach to dealing with issues and people, and feels strongly that he can bring positive change to Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: john.coupar@npavancouver.ca

E-mail: jcoupar@telus.net


NPA

Candidate statement

Crawford

A strong believer in giving back to our community, Casey Crawford has volunteered for many organizations including; Canadian Diabetes Association, Little Mountain Baseball and UBC Crane Library. Currently, Casey’s roles include: Vice-President of the Kerrisdale Soccer Association; Director of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC; and Chair of the Quilchena Elementary Parent Advisory Council.

Casey will advocate for the renewal of our recreation facilities and community centres, while exploring new funding and partnership opportunities. Casey is committed to engaged consultation with the community, a strong, independent Park Board, and managing the Park Board budget responsibly for all residents of Vancouver.

A resident of Vancouver all his life, Casey and his wife Carla live in the Oakridge neighbourhood. With their two sons, they are frequent users of the Ontario bike route as they visit our park and recreation facilities.

Casey works as a project manager with a local publishing firm.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: casey.crawford@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca


NPA

Candidate statement

De Genova

Melissa De Genova has a passion for parks and recreation, and volunteers with many community and charitable organizations. Melissa is a Director and Fundraising Chair for Honour House Society, has been a member of gala and sponsorship committees for Odd Squad Productions, is a past director of Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, and in 2009 was elected to the NPA Board as Youth Chair. She has also organized non-partisan forums encouraging youth to become politically active.

Melissa has managed and worked on several political campaigns for municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. She works in real estate development, owns an event production company, and is a graduate of SFU. Melissa is the daughter of five-term Park Board Commissioner Allan De Genova. She is 28 years old and lives in the Riley Park neighbourhood with her husband and their dog, Romeo. Melissa’s husband Blair, works as a police officer.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: melissa.degenova@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca 


COPE

Candidate statement

GranbyBrent Granby is a community organiser and activist and has spent the last number of years as the primary care giver to his two daughters. With a long history of hard work in the West End, Granby is well recognised as the force behind developing three West End community gardens, as well as a director of the West End Resident Association (WERA) where he also served as President.“

The West End is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in North America, and parks and recreational services are a big part of neighbourhoodlife,” says Granby. “I raised my daughters in our parks and community centres, so I know first hand how important these services are to families. I want to ensureparks are accessible for everyone, today and well into the future.” Brent Granby lives in the West End with his children and wife Anita.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

Email: brent.granby@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca


COPE

Candidate statement

GREENWELL-BAKER, DonaldaDonalda has a comprehensive background in athletics, art and culture. Her years as a Vancouver recreation professional make her an ideal candidate for the Park Board. Greenwell-Baker is a mother, wife, and long time community activist. She has served as the secretary-treasurer for CUPE Local 15 as well as over 10 years on the VDLC Executive. 

The current chair of the Hastings Park Conservancy, Greenwell-Baker knows how precious green space is to people and families all over Vancouver. “I am passionate about public access to our parks and recreation facilities and I have seen first hand how the system can support people, families, and whole communities,” says Greenwell-Baker. “Strong neighbourhoods need strong parks. They build community, connect cultures, and provide safe and healthy ways for us to connect with each other.” A long time resident of East Vancouver, she lives there with her husband Steve.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

E-mail: donald.greenwellbaker@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca


 

Candidate statement

Hadley

Loyal and proud Canadian citizen born in Canada 1921. I have resided in Vancouver since 1960. Since I moved to Vancouver I have lived close to Stanley Park and English Bay where I still reside. I decided to run for Parks Board because I am concerned about the future of Stanley Park to remain as a natural park according to Lord Stanley Parks Mandate dated in 1888 by Governor Geberal Lord Stanley. Because current politician have given the Aquarium Stanley Park land to the Aquarium to build 2 more new Whale Aquariums and 4 more buildings   7 floors high in the center of our beautiful natural Stanley Park.

ALSO, OUR BEAUTIFUL English Bay Beach is ruined by this current ParksBoard Chairman by building a luxury Restaurant to sell liquor – in the middle of our English Bay Beach.

Contact

Phone: 604-684-8652


IDEA​

Candidate statement

HamiltonA politician and advocate of aboriginal people, the LGBT community, poor residents of the city's poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside and sex trade workers. I am concerned over the drastic cuts to parks board ($5.3 million) that has been made over the last three years. i believe that our public spaces, parks & community centres are important to our well being and happiness, yet the public has been denied less & less access as increased commercialization in our parks takes place.

We must keep our parks public! A longstanding issue the park board needs to address is its own autonomy and independence. The board lacks separate powers of taxation and borrowing. It must have full control over its public assets.
On saturday, november 19, 2011 i ask for your support to create much needed change.
Please see my website for further information.

Contact

Phone: 778-235-3677

Phone: 604-837-5109

E-mail: jamieleehamilton@hotmail.com


 

Candidate statement

The Carnegie Centre should become part of the Vancouver Parks Board as this would make it more open to public accountability.Highly paid “community organizers” manipulate people to be involved in staged demonstrations that only have the illusion of benefiting many involved while two meal tickets an hour (about five tickets will give one a meal) are given to “volunteers” who do real work and should be paid at least minimum wage.

Person who disagree with this system are routinely barred from the centre solely for political reasons.

Contact

Phone: 604-321-2195

E-mail: peter.haskell73@gmail.com


Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Jasper

Elected to the Park Board in 2008, Aaron has served as Chair for the past two years. He is the liaison to the Hasting Park Conservancy, Vancouver Food Policy Council and the Vancouver Planning Commission.
Aaron and the Vision commissioners secured federal infrastructure funding which allowed the Park Board to renovate east-side parks, build two artificial turf sport fields, make repairs to the Stanley Park seawall, and build the new visitor centre at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.

In all aspects of the Park Board’s mandate, Aaron is a strong advocate for the importance of engaging stakeholders and residents in meaningful consultation. By reducing it's carbon footprint and enhancing the habit of our parks, Aaron believes that the Park Board can help Vancouver become the Greenest City by 2020.

Aaron lives in the West End with his wife Arminder and their daughter. He works in real estate with Royal LePage.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: aaron.jasper@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca


NPA

Candidate statement

KALAW, Gabby

Gabby’s lifelong passion for parks and recreation began with his first job as a day-camp leader. Through eight years working in various community centre roles, he developed a natural understanding of how parks and recreation can build communities.

Gabby believes that Vancouver’s parks and recreation are lifestyle essentials for all Vancouverites. An avid paddler and dragon boater, he is concerned with the state of our outdoor water facilities, including pools, boathouses, and docks. As a Park Commissioner, Gabby will work with communities to find creative ways to restore funding for the maintenance of parks, for the renewal of community centres, and for supporting new facilities.

A first-generation Filipino-Canadian with a degree in Political Science with Economics, Gabby has also worked in Africa as a media trainer for Journalists for Human Rights. Gabby currently lives in Mount Pleasant. On November 19th, vote for a strong voice and strong initiative.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: gabby.kalaw@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca


Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Loke

Trevor is a goaltender with the legendary Cutting Edges Hockey Club, and has played at public arenas around Vancouver. His involvement as an athlete gives him passion for making arenas, playing fields and other public spaces accessible to everyone in Vancouver.

Trevor won nomination to the Vision Vancouver Park Board slate on a platform to protect public spaces, engage citizens, improve accessibility and be part of making Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Trevor has worked for the BC Legislative Assembly, and has a background in marketing and fundraising. Trevor co-founded United Against Gang Violence and has worked with elected officials throughout Metro Vancouver to help bring community solutions to end violent crime.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: trevor.loke@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca


Green Party of Vancouver​

Candidate statement

MACKINNON, StuartOn November 19th you can make a difference for Parks and Recreation in Vancouver. You can re-elect Stuart Mackinnon as your Green Park Board Commissioner. For the past 3 years Stuart has been fighting hard for you and your values. Stuart believes that Parks should be well maintained and properly funded as a reflection of our community. He fought to save the Bloedel Conservatory and widen the network of public washrooms.

He introduced community flower gardens, fought unfair fees for children and toddlers, worked to ban noisy equipment from residential neighbourhoods and fought for the renewal of aging infrastructure. Vancouver needs a clear strong voice for parks and recreation. Stuart has been that voice on the Park Board. For recreation renewal, for community values, for green parks, and safe community spaces, re-elect Stuart Mackinnon.

Contact

Phone: 778-389-1956

E-mail: betterparks@gmail.com

Website: betterparks.ca


 

Candidate statement

MurrayFiscal responsibility is needed to be brought back to the governments of our province and city hall. I am running as an independent candidate for a parks board seat to start a career in our city politics. Today, the taxpayer is being saddled with more taxes and I would like to stop the wasteful spending, while making sure that essential services are kept running for our parks (like outdoor pools) and our tax payer’s dollars are not wasted. Personally, I am tired of the government raising taxes while our services are being cut.

I was born and raised in Vancouver and obtained my business degree from BCIT and I am presently finishing my credential in Financial Planning. I want to bring back common sense to our local government and ask you to vote for me for fiscal responsibility.

Contact

Phone: 778-888-7965

E-mail: andrewdmurray@hotmail.ca


NPA

Candidate statement

Pasin

Amateur sports and community centre board member and advocate, President of InTech Environmental Canada Corp., makers of green solvents. Dave Pasin is a passionate advocate for sports, arts and culture in Vancouver. He is a long time member of the Board of Directors of the West End Community Centre and Chair of the Arts Committee as well as serving on the Finance and Projects and Properties Committees.

He was the driving force in establishing “Art in the City”, the City’s largest visual arts exhibition for local artists and residents. Dave also serves as a member of the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Department’s Citizen Advisory Committee and as former Chairperson of the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Access Committee.

Dave is Past President of the Vancouver Trojans Football Association and also served on the Board of Directors for B.C. Community Football and was Education Chair for the International Federations of Coating Technologies.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: dave.pasin@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca


 

Candidate statement

PRI TOOR, FreyjaPri Toor, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. started her volunteering work in 1992 with the Vancouver Parks Board. from there Pri continued her work with non-profit organizations, such as Kidney Foundation of Canada; Heart & Stroke; Salvation Army Public Relations Office.

Currently Pri is a Civilian Instructor with the Navy League of Canada; Team Manager for her son’s Vancouver Thunderbirds PeeWee Minor Hockey Assoc.; volunteers with ARKS; past director of SHPOA. Pri currently owns her own accounting firm and computer technician business. She has one son, Isaac, who is 12 years old. Pri is often see at our local public parks and beaches.

Contact

Phone: 778-235-5981

E-mail: computergenie01@yahoo.ca


Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

SHARMA, Niki

Niki Sharma is a lawyer practicing aboriginal law and has worked on human rights cases, aboriginal rights and title issues, and with survivors of residential schools. Niki believes in the importance of engaging people and the power of meaningful consultation to achieve the best results.

Niki has a degree in Environmental Biology and is committed to continuing to implement Vision’s Greenest City Action plan. In the past, she worked for the Environmental Youth Alliance in local community gardens and in Ecuador with women’s cooperatives.

She is a board member of Battered Women Support Services and an advocate for women’s issues.

Niki was a Parliamentary Intern with Parliamentary Monitoring Group in South Africa, where she learned the value of democratic institutions that are inclusive and representative of all people. She brings a strong voice for the diverse residents of Vancouver to enhance and expand our remarkable parks and recreation system.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: niki.sharma@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca


 

Candidate statement

TRUONG, Tammy

My dog BoBo and I love the parks of Vancouver. We have been walking and running together at various great parks for years. 

The elected park commissioners oversee a $100 million operating budget for an annual salary of $8,000. 

Why would I want such a lousy job? Obviously it’s not a job and I have a lot of respect for the commissioners who had given much of their time and passion to keep Vancouver a beautiful city. 

So for me being a park commissioner is a chance to serve among a group of dedicated people whose love for the parks would make my dog proud

Contact

Phone: 604-807-8689 (cell)

Phone: 604-676-0608 (office)

E-mail: tammy@Tammytruong.ca

E-mail: truongmt2000@yahoo.com

Email: info@elanbeauty.com

Website: elanbeauty.com 


NPA

Candidate statement

UptonJason Upton is a lifelong resident of Vancouver. He is a committed volunteer and community organizer. As a small business owner, Jason understands the importance of staying within a budget and planning for the future. Jason promises to return accountability to our parks board. He will fight to ensure Vancouver's prosperity by protecting our community treasures. He will work with government and community leaders to make sure our parks remain sustainable and open.

The gutting of the parks board budget over the last three years is unacceptable. Jason will fight to end the cuts. He believes a strong independent parks board is the only way to achieve these goals. The fiscal mismanagement by Vision Vancouver must stop. A vote for Jason is a vote to protect our parks and community centres.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: jason.upton@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca