Incumbents Bob Williams and Virginia Weiler among 13 candidates seeking election to Vancity board of directors

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      Thirteen candidates are vying for three seats on the board of the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. These include incumbent board members Bob Williams and Virginia Weiler. Board member Allen Garr is stepping down at the end of his term this year.

      Williams and Weiler are two of the five candidates that the board has recommended for election. The three others are Niki Sharma, a former Vancouver park board commissioner; Rita Parikh, ex-chair of the board of outdoor-equipment retailer MEC; and Dara Parker, outgoing executive director of the LGBT resource centre Qmunity.

      Sharma says that her values align closely with Vancity. “I believe in protecting the environment, and that’s one of the most important issues that we face today,” Sharma told the Straight by phone.

      Vancity is a $19.8-billion financial institution, with over half a million members in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Squamish, Victoria, and Alert Bay.

      Parikh told the Straight by phone that her extensive governance experience in local and national organizations would help the board “understand what’s happening at the biggest-picture level, and try and apply that to the services that Vancity offers, [and] to the direction it’s going”.

      The other candidates are Farrell Segall, Hari Sharma,Adrian Zator, Yasin Amlani, Neal Nicholson, Rachel S. Forbes, Gary Steeves, and Lucette Wesley.

      Voting starts Tuesday (March 29).