I am seeking a nomination with Vision Vancouver to participate in creating great public spaces in Vancouver for people, habitat, urban wildlife, and our pets. From creating more inclusive community centres to developing great parks, public space is integral to making Vancouver the Greenest City by 2020. Public space is where our children play, where we make new friends, and enjoy the pleasure of nature.
I want to be an elected Vancouver park board commissioner to ensure that the priorities of local government adequately address issues of sustainability and livability for residents and business in order to make our city better for everyone.
We need to continue to make progress on mitigating the effects of climate change through reducing the causes of greenhouse gases. It is critical to obtain the ambitious goals of the Greenest City Action Plan given that climate change is the challenge of our generation.
The park board oversees important elements in Vancouver such as its community centres, parks, and green spaces that are central to developing a happier and healthier city.
I am 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 I have participated in the construction of community gardens, art projects, and celebrations while advocating for active transportation infrastructure.
I know from my personal experience of raising my children the importance of community centres and services that they offer. I also fully appreciate the significance of shared responsibility and respect between the park board and community centre associations.
The challenges that face Vancouver require broad-base consensus on what the solution will be. My experiences have provided me with perspective that I wish to use to constructively participate in the process to make Vancouver better for everyone.