Candidates for Park Board commissioner

The seven Park Board commissioners are responsible for managing facilities such as parks, pools, golf courses, and beaches. Vancouver is the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board.

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.

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Ezra Bloom is an artist, organizer, curator, critic, and student currently studying at Emily Carr. Bloom grew up on Salt Spring Island, and has spent his life surrounded by art, counter-culture and activism. He has lived in East Vancouver for eight years and is connected to Vancouver’s underground and radical arts communities.

Bloom recognizes that parks and green spaces are where many city residents spend much of their free time. The power of these places to bring people together inspires Bloom to fight to defend public space and the environment. As a Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) Park Board Commissioner, Bloom will work to make Vancouver and its parks and recreation facilities welcoming, affordable, and enjoyable for all, and not a playground for the super-rich.

If elected, Bloom will oppose the privatization of parks to keep parks public, and work to integrate arts and culture programming into parks and recreation.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://www.votecope.ca/park-board/#ezrafullford

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

James Buckshon was born and raised in Vancouver and has lived here most of his life. His occupation since 1983 has been as music and theatre producer and is employed by Renegade Productions Inc. and serves as an unpaid board member of the Renegade Arts Society, a non profit arts company producing arts events for the community.

James has a deep passion for Vancouver's parks and wants to see them remain natural, green, uncommercialized and available to all citizens. James is opposed to the commercialization of our parks and is against any more big box corporate restaurants and the likes in our parks. James is also adamant that parks remain green and use natural materials and refrain from being paved unless absolutely necessary.

This applies to new parks being contemplated, which is very important with the increasing density in Vancouver.

James has 9 nieces and nephews and a large family.

Contact

Phone: 604-737-2177

Email: puffbucky@hotmail.com

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Independent

Candidate statement

I believe that Vancouver's Parks and Community Centres can play a larger role in alleviating the hardships of poverty and could do more to reduce the separation and isolation felt by so many in our modern city.

Unregulated survival vending is practiced throughout most of the City, if more concentrated in the Downtown Eastside due to the large percentage of people dependent upon government assistance. Our parks could be opened up to community groups that could create events and swap meets that would complement the existing system of Farmer's Markets. As coordinator of the DTES Street Market, I have fought for the rights of hundreds of vendors to make a modest living in Pigeon Park on Sundays, and I will continue to fight for the acceptance of the informal economy of binning and recycling and to be included in the civic dialog. Please vote for me on November 15th, 2014.

Contact

Phone: 778-323-5415

Email: roland.clarke@gmail.com

Website: http://clarke4park.wordpress.com/

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NPA

Candidate statement

Park Board Commissioner John Coupar, an advocate of horticultural excellence in parks and green spaces, is well known for his successful effort to save and restore the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.

His key achievements as Commissioner include:

  • Working to obtain capital funding for the Bloedel Conservatory roof replacement
  • Helping to stop the paving of Hadden and Kitsilano Beach Parks
  • Putting forward a successful motion to ensure that a Dragon Boat storage facility will get built in False Creek.

He is the Past President of Friends of the Bloedel Association and a Past Governor of VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Coupar brings a strong business background to his candidacy. He spent many years in senior management positions in a number of Canadian corporations, and seven years ago he founded a successful marketing and branding company. He and his wife have two adult children and live in False Creek.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: john.coupar@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

A lifelong resident of Greater Vancouver and a dedicated community volunteer, Casey Crawford actively gives back to his city, particularly in the areas of health and sports. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the Stroke Recovery Association of BC and a player agent with Little Mountain Baseball.

He has been involved in numerous local organizations, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, Quilchena Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, where he served as its chair, and the University of British Columbia’s Crane Library.

Crawford’s priorities once elected include:

  • Transparent, collaborative long-term planning for facility renewal and development in Vancouver
  • Restoring independence to the Park Board
  • Repairing the relationship with neighbourhood associations and community centres, engaging in genuine consultation on major initiatives

Crawford spends his free time with his wife and two sons playing soccer, baseball, and field hockey, and cycling on the city’s bike routes.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: casey.crawford@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

A born-and-raised British Columbian, Jenny became a proud resident of Vancouver in 2004. Since completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology at SFU she has developed a career in the regulatory field, enforcing legislation behalf of various organizations as an auditor/investigator. A mother of two, Jenny can regularly be found enjoying her city’s parks, community centres and recreation facilities with her family.

Jenny is running for park commissioner independently, offering a fresh and unbiased perspective. If elected, her priorities include allocating green spaces amidst Vancouver’s continuous redevelopment, increasing recycling and waste bins in parks, improving public washrooms, creating and maintaining community gardens, ensuring adequate off-leash areas for canine residents and offering diverse and engaging community centre programming.

Jenny's passion for policy and procedure will also assist in ensuring the integrity of park board spending. Ultimately, Jenny seeks to elevate Vancouver’s status as a world-class city through its spectacular parks and amenities. 

Contact

Phone: 604-999-3433

Email: jdecastris@gmail.com

Website: www.jennydecastris.ca

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Catherine believes Vancouver’s public spaces are increasingly important to quality of life, and that the Park Board, responsible for the majority of our public spaces, has a special responsibility to enhance the livability of our city.

Catherine has always been active in her community. She was appointed to the Vancouver Public Library's Board of Directors in 2009 and served as Chair. She was also PAC Chair of Point Grey Secondary School and a founding member of the BC Society for Public Education.

A policy advisor, lawyer and senior public service manager for 15 years, she contributed to significant advances in elder law, adult guardianship, human rights, employment equity, and pay equity.

Today, she co-owns Ethos Strategy Group, a planning, research and public relations firm.  Catherine has a BA from Dalhousie University, a M. Div. from the University of Toronto, and a LLB from York University. 

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/catherine_evans

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Naveen Girn is a curator, community engagement specialist and project manager for the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Komagata Maru.

Naveen believes in a vibrant and inclusive Vancouver where people are connected to their land, history, each other and their future. He is committed to fostering greater intercultural engagement and ensuring Vancouver’s public spaces are based on the needs and input of our city’s diverse communities.

Naveen is a member of the City’s Public Art Committee, where he successfully built alliances between diverse groups and engaged community leaders to ensure that informed and equitable decisions are made.

As Park Board Commissioner, Naveen will work to foster a strong intercultural engagement strategy that includes voices from diverse communities, and work towards fulfilling the goals of the Greenest Action Plan to increase the amount of parks, green spaces, and community gardens in Vancouver. 

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/naveen_girn

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Brent is a husband, father, citizen, community organizer and artist.  Brent wants to be a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner to ensure the priorities of local government adequately address the issues of sustainability and livability for residents and business in order to make our city better for everyone.

Brent is well known as a community advocate in Vancouver’s West End. He’s a past president of the West End Residents Association, past board member of the West End Community Centre and Vice Chair of the Save St. Paul’s Coalition.As a volunteer activist, he has participated in the construction of community gardens, art projects and celebrations, and has advocated for active transportation infrastructure.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Brent moved to Vancouver in 1996. He has a degree in Religious Studies from McGill University. Brent, his wife Anita, and their daughters Saffrin and Mallika live in the West End. 

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/brent_granby

 

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Independent

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Candidate Eleanor        HadleyWho is Eleanor Hadley?

Eleanor Hadley was born in Ontario, Canada 93 years ago. Eleanor is passionately loyal and caring about her country. I have lived in the West End since the 1960s near Stanley Park and English Bay. I have attended Parks Board meetings and City Hall meetings since the 1960s.

I have tried to save Stanley Park and English Bay Beach and all our Parks from Commercialism. I am opposed to the Aquarium in Stanley Park and whales in captivity. I am shocked that the Aquarium is now building 4 huge buildings and 2 more whale pools by the approval of the present Political party that ignores our history and agreements to keep our parks in their natural state Canada is a beautiful and free country. Vote for people who care.

Contact

Contact information not provided.

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Independent Democratic Electors Alliance (IDEA)

Candidate statement

My name is Jamie Lee Hamilton and I am campaigning for a seat on the Vancouver Park Board. I am a lifelong resident of Vancouver and currently reside in the West End. I have been very active in civic affairs for many years. I have served on a number of boards including the Downtown Eastside Arts in Parks Committee, the Pride Society and as an Elder with the  Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society.

Issues  concerning  me include the erosion of public park and green space in Vancouver. I'm worried about the continued privatization and commercialization of  our public spaces.The Park Board has fallen way behind in our 2.5 acres of park space for very thousand residents. Also concerning is that the current Vision Park Board  in their last two terms cut $5.3 million in funding from the Board budget..

I'm also calling for a Whale and Dolphin referendum

Contact

Phone: 604-446-2489

Email: tricia_foxx@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.ideavancouver.wordpress.com

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

Brent believes that Vancouver 1st is the only logical choice for the people of Vancouver in the upcoming election.  Brent believes that the Vancouver 1st core values can provide a solid platform for good government at city hall.  Brent believes that council should be accountable and transparent to the people of Vancouver and with a grassroots movement voting, Vancouver 1st could bring a new era of good government to the people of Vancouver.

A former international swimmer from Canada, Hayden was a bronze medal winner in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was co-World Champion in the same event in 2007 with Filippo Magnini of Italy. Brent wants share his passion for swimming with the people of Vancouver, and ensure city facilities are built to the standards that are needed for future Olympians and the needs of a growing community.   

Contact

Phone: 778-952-0572

Email: brent@van1st.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/haydensoup

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NPA

Candidate statement

Jay Jagpal looks forward to continuing to advance the central role parks and facilities play in connecting communities by seeking election as Park Board Commissioner in the November municipal election.

Jagpal works as a mechanical engineer at Olympic International Sales and has also worked internationally, including in Singapore, where he helped the transit authority optimize bus service.

As a youth, Jagpal was introduced to Vancouver’s Sunset Community Centre by his grandfather. This experience led to a passion for community centre renewal and engagement, and prioritizing city spaces for young families and seniors – goals he plans to work towards once elected.

Jagpal has spent the last five years as an Ambassador for the Vancouver Board of Trade and as a member of its advisory committee for the Company of Young Professionals. He has helped create professional committees to promote participation in the political process among the city’s under 40 residents.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: jay.jagpal@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Urooba Jamal is a UBC student, writer and social justice advocate living, studying, and working on unceded Musqueam lands. With an arsenal of community development experience, Jamal understands the significance of community-centred approaches to building safe, inclusive and innovative spaces.

Jamal is passionate about advocating on behalf of racialized communities, in particular youth, and their right to the city.

As a Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) Park Board Commissioner, Jamal will work to build equitable programming to serve diverse cultural needs. She is also running on the platform of economic justice and bringing back grassroots community programming. She plans to bring both her anti-oppressive lens and youthful perspective to Park Board issues.

This year, Jamal has also been involved with founding The Talon - a new, alternative student press at UBC.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://www.votecope.ca/park-board/#uroobajamal

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

Yogi believes that Vancouver 1st is the only logical choice for the people of Vancouver in the upcoming election. Yogi believes that the Vancouver 1st core values can provide a solid platform for good government at city hall. Yogi believes that council should be accountable and transparent to the people of Vancouver and with a grass roots movement voting, Vancouver 1st could bring a new era of good government to the people of Vancouver.

Gone are the days of suplexing opponents, as this former Olympic wrestler has turned over a new leaf to become a vegetarian restaurateur. Lending his competitive spirit and business acumen, Yogi takes on a new challenge seeking a seat as Parks Commissioner in 2014. Disappointed with the costs associated in providing minor league sports in Vancouver, Yogi believes a better solution can be found as far too many children and families have been sidelined. 

Contact

Phone: 778-952-0572

Email: yogi@van1st.com

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Independent

Candidate statement

I am Matt Kadioglu, I have a passion for livability of our city. I  have been involved with city work.  I am an engineer by training, lived extensively overseas.  Vancouver is the best place to live and raise a family in the world. To live free like a tree but to cooperate like in a forest.

Vancouver is always placed on the top 10 as one of the best cities to live in, by OECD research.  The city  parks are the most important part what makes Vancouver attractive.  Parks and community centers and  contribution of  neighbors will remain the underlying culture of Vancouver. If I am elected I would propose that developers  should double the density for the reserving an area for parks in their proposals. New fruit trees that our children will enjoy. Internationalization of Vancouver should reflect our diversity in our parks and community centers. 

Contact

Phone: 778-883-5225

Email: muratkadioglu@hotmail.com

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NPA

Candidate statement

Tourism-industry veteran Sarah Kirby-Yung is currently Executive Director for Coast Hotels, a Vancouver-based international hotel group. She has served as Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for Tourism Vancouver and Vice-President, Marketing and Communications for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

Kirby-Yung was involved in the branding of Vancouver in advance of the 2010 Olympics and was instrumental in developing Dine Out Vancouver.

A long time advocate for vibrant and connected communities, she has served as marketing chair for Vancouver’s annual Celebration of Light, and on the Tourism and Hospitality Management Advisory board for Royal Roads University. Once elected, Kirby-Yung will serve as an advocate for creative uses of public space, including public art. She hopes to rebuild the relationship between the Park Board and Vancouver’s community centres and strengthen public consultation.

Kirby-Yung lives in the Oakridge neighbourhood with her husband.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: sarah.kirby-yung@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Elected Park Board Commissioner in 2011, Trevor has supported the expansion of parks and green spaces in our city. He’s also noted for being Vancouver’s youngest ever elected official, at the age of 22.

Trevor has successfully led initiatives to reduce use of chemicals in pools, bring free public WiFi to Vancouver, and improve customer service and accessibility at community centres. Trevor played a leadership role drafting the “Building Bridges Report” to improve trans and gender-variant inclusivity in Vancouver.

Recognized as a community and business leader nationally, Trevor has twice been named one of British Columbia’s Top 30 Under 30, and was profiled in Maclean’s Magazine as one of Canada’s “future leaders” in 2014.

His experience includes co-founding Weeve, a technology company he sold in 2013. Beyond his work on Park Board, Trevor works at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and lives in the West End.  

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/trevor_loke

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Green

Candidate statement

Candidate Stuart        MackinnonMaking better parks and recreation for Vancouver has been my passion for the past 15 years. In that time I have been an advocate for parks and green space issues, with a focus on access, preservation and conservation. From 2008-11, I served as a Park Board Commissioner, where I worked for better maintenance of our parks and gardens. I fought against recreational fees for toddlers. I proposed measures to turn down the noise in our parks, and to ensure that washrooms were open, accessible, and clean.

I currently sit on the Board of the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and am a Special Education teacher at Killarney Secondary. Now more than ever Vancouver needs Green Park Commissioners to ensure that parks, gardens, and natural spaces are a priority, to ensure recreational programs reflect the community, and that decisions reflect the values of the citizens.

Contact

Phone: 778-389-1956

Email: betterparks@gmail.com

Website: betterparks.ca

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NPA

Candidate statement

With over two decades in the hospitality industry, Stéphane Mouttet brings a wealth of experience to his candidacy for Vancouver Park Board.

Mouttet is the Chef Concierge at one of Vancouver’s top luxury hotels, where he ensures unparalleled hospitality to its guests. Born in Montréal, he was adopted and raised by a French family when he was only a year old. He graduated from Paris’ prestigious International Concierge Institute and spent a year in the French army before moving back to Canada.

He has served on the Regional Board of Les Clef d’Or Canada, an international professional association of hotel concierges. He is currently a board member for the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and one of the founding members of the Vancouver Lumière Festival.

Mouttet has tirelessly advocated for BC’s tourism industry, and looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm for Vancouver’s world-class accommodations to the Vancouver Park Board.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: stephane.mouttet@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Imtiaz Popat is a prolific media producer and has hosted The Rational on Vancouver Co-op Radio, ACCESS TV on Shaw Cable 4, and produced feature films, including the documentary Stolen Memories about Japanese internment in BC. He has worked at Gallery Gachet in the Downtown Eastside, and has advocated for newcomers through his work with the Rainbow Refugee Committee and the Immigrant Services Society of BC. Popat is passionate about expanding Vancouver’s community services and programming to reflect the city’s diverse communities.

As a Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) Park Board Commissioner, Popat plans to use Toronto’s 519 Church Street Community Centre as a model for community programming. This is a model that offers services and programming for the city’s many distinct communities including LGBTQ and newcomers. A lifelong advocate for the rights of the marginalized, Popat is also a strong supporter of the Sanctuary City movement.  

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://cope.bc.ca/imtiaz/

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) 

Candidate statement

Anita Romaniuk was elected Parks Commissioner from 2002 to 2005, serving as Chair and liaison to the Vancouver Public Library Board and Vancouver City Planning Commission. As a former member of the Douglas Park Community Association’s Board of Directors and its Finance, Arts, and Park Improvement committees, Anita respects the Joint Operating Agreement between the Community Associations and Park Board to operate our community centres, and supports expanding our recreation facilities to keep pace with Vancouver’s growth.

In 2006, Anita joined the Mount Pleasant Community Association’s Pool Committee, and is a founder and Treasurer of the Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools, organizing to rebuild our lost neighbourhood pools. She joined the Save Our Parklands Association in 2008 and is now President, advocating for riverfront parks and trails, restoration of wetlands and streams, and heritage recognition of First Nations and historic fisheries.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: alromaniuk6@gmail.com

Website: http://www.votecope.ca/park-board/#anitaromaniuk

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

Massimo believes that Vancouver 1st is the only logical choice for the people of Vancouver in the upcoming election. Massimo believes that the Vancouver 1st core values can provide a solid platform for good government at city hall.

Massimo believes that council should be accountable and transparent to the people of Vancouver and with a grassroots movement voting, Vancouver 1st could bring a new era of good government to the people of Vancouver.

Who better to reprersent the citizens of Vancouver as a Parks Commissioner, than Massimo Rossetti, someone who has spent the past 25 years volunteering at local community centres and giving back to the cty of Vancouver.

Having served on multiple community association boards, participated on numerous joint Parks Board committees and task forces has prepared Massimo for the job as Parks Commissioner.

Contact

Phone: 604-307-2749

Email: rossetti.massimo@gmail.com

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Sammie Jo Rumbaua is a Vancouver community organizer, youth settlement worker and employment program assistant (specializing in services for survivors of abuse and violence).

She believes Vancouver parks, community centres and public spaces play an important role in creating and reflecting who we are as a city, and wants to ensure that everyone – especially youth, seniors, newcomers and immigrants - are genuinely included in this process.

Sammie Jo was born in Manitoba and raised in BC, and graduated from high school in Vancouver.

She is a volunteer board member of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society (SEACHS) and Tulayan (a non-profit Filipino-Canadian organization). She is passionate about building inter-generational and inter-cultural bridges, which are vital in a dynamic and growing city.

In 2010, Sammie Jo received the Vancouver-Kensington Community Leadership Award, and in 2011, the Filipino Canadian Cultural Heritage Society Maharlika Award for Community Service for youth.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/sammie_jo_rumbaua

 

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NPA

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Raised in East Vancouver’s Renfrew Heights neighbourhood, small business owner and educator Erin Shum has been actively involved in the community since childhood.

Shum is the co-owner and director of She to Shic Boutique Beauty Lounge, an eco-friendly and organic spa in Kerrisdale. She also works as a special education assistant, specializing in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shum received the Duke of Edinburgh Award before the age of 21, and served two terms on the board for the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver.

If elected to Park Board, Shum will advocate for universal accessibility to community resources and renovation of aging facilities, and encourage revenue-generating attractions like music festivals and art exhibits in the city’s parks.

Shum is an active community volunteer and currently works with the Lotus Light Charity Society, helping raise funds and daily necessities for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: erin.shum@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Vancouver 1st

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Have over fifty years of community service and served on several boards as director and sub committee chairman.

Forty three year Member of the Vancouver Central Lions Club. Past President, Zone Chairman. Served on District and Multiple District boards.

Participated in numerous fund raising activities mostly as a chairman and on several large capital projects as a member of the overseeing committee. Projects under my chairmanship have been very successful. The most recent raising $250,000 for the housing of engine 374.

I am a licensed Life Insurance Agent, specializing in estate, business and financial planning. I hold my CLU and CHFC designations. I am a mentor, was involved in professional education as a study leader and syllabus reviewer. Past secretary/treasurer for the CLU Chapter.

I play indoor and outdoor soccer with 43 years at performance level Folk Dancing with various ethnic groups.  

Contact

Phone: 778-952-0572

Email: doug@van1st.com

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  • Nomination papers (1.7 MB)
  • Independent

    Candidate statement

    My name is Earl Sunshine and I'm running for Parks Commissioner. I sit on the board of the Aboriginal Mother Centre.

    I'm running because I believe in change and accountability. I believe the parks are for everybody to enjoy. I believe that children and families should feel safe in every park.

    I volunteer for AIDS Vancouver, Native Health, and I'm a cancer survivor.

    On November 15 go out and vote. Vote for Earl Sunshine.

    OPEN UP YOUR HEARTH AND LET THE SUN SHINE IN.

    Contact

    Phone: 604-512-8720

    Email: myrnasunshine@gmail.com

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    Vision Vancouver

    Candidate statement

    Coree Tull is a community organizer and advocate for accessible and inclusive sport in Vancouver.

    The co-founder of the Double Rainbow Dodgeball League, Co-Chair of Out In Sports Society and a board member with Mabel League Fastpitch, Coree has been actively organizing community LGBTQ sports leagues and working hard to connect people and communities across Vancouver. She has seen firsthand the power of sport to strengthen our health, wellness and build community.

    Coree has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and International Relations from UBC, a Bachelor of Technology in Ecological Restoration from BCIT, and understands the importance of protecting, connecting and expanding our community parks and green space.

    She supports the ongoing expansion of urban green space – like stream and habitat restoration, rain gardens and urban forests – combined with community outreach and education programs to improve biodiversity and the ecological health of our city’s urban environment.

    Contact

    Phone: 604-568-6913

    Email: info@votevision.ca

    Website: http://www.votevision.ca/coree_tull

     

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    Green

    Candidate statement

    Michael Wiebe grew up skating on Jericho pond, swimming at English Bay, and cycling Stanley Park. He’s now a local business owner and community leader who wants to enhance Vancouver’s parks and facilities.

    Wiebe mapped out the wheelchair accessibility of all trails in Stanley Park when he was only 12 and later co-founded the Vancouver Lifeguard Association. With a degree in Business Administration, Wiebe worked for the provincial government before opening his own restaurant, Eight 1/2, which is based on sustainable principles and marking the trail to zero waste.

    He is a director of the Mount Pleasant BIA and a leader in zero waste, recently speaking at an international conference.

    A resident of Mount Pleasant, Wiebe wants to help ensure that the right decisions are being made for Vancouver’s parks, guided by evidence-based policy and the principles of sustainability.

    Contact

    Phone: 604-616-1220

    Email: Michael.Wiebe@vangreens.ca

    Website: www.becascadian.com

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    Vancouver 1st

    Candidate statement

    My passion is arts, culture and betterment of life for older people. I am president of the largest Chinese opera organization in Canada and I volunteer at retirement homes to enhance the quality of life of those who have given so much to society.

    I am running with Vancouver 1st because it provides an inclusive vision for Vancouver that I can work with in community centres where a new multiethnic, multicultural, city is evolving.

    I have a fashion business so appreciate the financial pressures people face and importance of having reasonable access to arts. I will work to get arts back into community centres.

    Contact

    Phone: 778-318-2638

    Email: voterichardwong@gmail.com

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    Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

    Candidate statement

    T’uy’tanat - Cease Wyss Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Hawaiian/Swiss

    I have lived most of my life in the City of Vancouver. My work history and my personal involvement as an artist with the Park Board, the 26 centers, and 3 Neighborhood Houses give me a deeper understanding and viewpoint of this role.

    I was approached and nominated by (COPE) Coalition Of Progressive Electors, to run alongside an incredibly diverse and amazing team of other candidates whom I feel very confident in running alongside.

    My hope, if elected, is to be a voice for the citizens of this city and to bring about concerns that are faced by the people who utilize these public spaces.

    I hope to help create better cultural handshakes with the diverse people who share these spaces, and create better access where there is less access being created through population growth and the changing face of this city.

    Contact

    Phone: 604-255-0400

    Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

    Website: http://indigenousplantdiva.wordpress.com/

     

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