Sean Antrim doesn’t want to be the executive director of Vancouver’s storied left-wing party anymore.
It’s not that the youthful activist is leaving the Coalition of Progressive Electors altogether.
On the contrary, Antrim says he intends to be with COPE for a long time.
However, he wishes to play a different role in the civic organization, one that has to do with this year’s November election campaign.
“In some ways, I’m resigning from my position so that I could do something else,” Antrim told the Straight in a phone interview today (August 21).
Antrim also said that he isn’t sure if COPE will have an executive director’s position during the election campaign, but that would depend on what the board will decide later.
“We are in the election planning phase, where these roles are being created,” he said. “It wouldn’t be fair for me to create the job positions, and then apply for them. So I’m doing it now.”
Antrim will still be around as executive director when COPE holds its nominating convention on September 7.
Antrim was hired as COPE executive director in 2012. He replaced Alvin Singh following the almost complete rout suffered by the party in the previous year’s election.
COPE’s website offers this background about Antrim: “Sean grew up in Kitsilano, and studied Economics at Capilano College, Carleton University, and Simon Fraser University. He is a founding editor of the Mainlander. He is also active in the BC NDP.
“He enjoys cycling, reading and writing, weekend street hockey, and the outdoors. He lives in Strathcona with his cat, Monk.”