Vancity has announced the results of the board of directors election. Only one of the three Action Team candidates, Jan O'Brien (whose photo is on the home page), was elected.
The Action Team, previously known as the Action Slate, now holds five seats on the nine-member board. Vancity has more than 400,000 members and controls $14.5 billion in assets, making it the largest credit union in the province.
The Action Slate was created in the 1980s by reformers, many with links to the provincial NDP. Its early directors included then-NDP MLA Bob Wiilliams, future venture capitalist David Levi, future NDP cabinet minister Darlene Marzari, and lawyer Tim Louis, who later was elected to the park board and city council.
Williams, who is now an independent director, has claimed that the Action Team is much more conservative these days.
Incumbents Wendy Holm and Lisa Barrett were reelected. They were supported by Williams, a former Vancity chairman.
Holm, an agrologist and staunch defender of the Agricultural Land Reserve, collected 12,273 votes. O'Brien, a labour-relations expert, drew 9,715 votes in her first run for the board. Barrett, a former mayor of Bowen Island, received 8,996 votes in her reelection bid.
Incumbent Kim Griffith, who was supported by Williams, fell short, attracting 8,925 votes.
The other two Action Team candidates--broadcaster Tod Maffin and communications worker Hugh Legg--came sixth and eighth, with 5,823 and 4,219 votes, respectively.
Williams, Holm, and Barrett have tried without success to persuade the Action Team-controlled board to embrace recommendations contained in a 2007 report on the arts by Italian professor Pier Luigi Sacco.
Vancity commissioned the report, which called upon the board to take the following steps:
* establish an arts advocate on staff to coordinate development in this important sector
* make funding available for sponsorship of original art projects reflecting life in Vancouver
* consider an honourary role of "Artist in Residence", on a rotating two-year appointment, with an honourarium of $50,000 per year
* commence a process that would result in 20 percent of annual grants to community and nonprofit organizations going to the arts and cultural community
* consider specific funding approaches for the arts that support cooperative approaches
* become an advocate and partner in the development of an arts hub at 301 East Hastings Street
* support the creation of a "book bank" to facilitate access to cultural opportunities by the socially marginalized as well as the broader community
* encourage local ownership and management of Granville Island through the creation of a community Arts & Culture Trust
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