I’m enjoying this civic election so much more than the last two! I’m having fun cheering on those I think stand head and shoulders above the rest – a group of candidates I know personally, from four different civic parties:
For Vancouver Park Board
Trevor Loke, Vision
After coming out, Trevor found himself without a home. It was the Cutting Edges, his hockey team, that helped him get back on his feet, which cemented Trevor’s belief in the importance of sports and recreation as a positive outlet for youth.
Since then, he has never looked back. Twice named one of BC’s Top 30 Under 30 and profiled in Maclean’s Magazine as one of Canada’s “future leaders”, Trevor is the youngest elected official in Vancouver history, co-founder of a crowdfunding website for non-profits, has served on the Board of YouthCO, and now works for the BC Centres for Disease Control.
In office, he has championed trans-gender rights, expanded access to parks and recreation facilities and programs across the city, and worked hard to get more young people involved in recreation programs.
I know him to be a compassionate, caring person who is honest, real, and dedicated to making Vancouver better for everyone that lives here. If you vote for no one else this election, Trevor Loke deserves your support!
For Park Board I can also recommend:
John Coupar, NPA
Brent Granby, Vision
Stuart Mckinnon, Green
For Vancouver School Board
Patti Bacchus, Vision
After the fear-mongering tactics of Ken Denike and Sophia Woo, who actively courted anti-gay groups in the past two elections while running under the NPA banner (booted out of the party far too late), I think it’s important that Patti Bacchus is re-elected as chair of the Vancouver School Board to ensure that intolerance has no voice at the Vancouver School Board and that anti-bullying programs continue to be supported.
Four other good candidates for Vancouver School Board:
Jane Bouey, Public Education Project
Gwen Giesbrecht, Public Education Project
For Vancouver City Council
I’ve known Ian Robertson and his wife, Pam, for eight years. Ian was a highly successful chair of the Vancouver Park Board, known for being level-headed, not overly partisan, and willing to work with the other side in order to fashion reasonable compromises.
He is respected on all sides of the political spectrum, and is that rare being – a genuinely good person trying to do good for the city. A natural leader who inspires confidence, Ian would make an outstanding councillor for Vancouver.
Four other councillors deserve support because of their strong support of the arts:
George Affleck, NPA
Elizabeth Ball, NPA
Heather Deal, Vision
Geoff Meggs, Vision
Two councillors because they care so much about the natural environment that sustains us:
Adriane Carr, Green
Andrea Reimer, Vision
And two council candidates for their advocacy on behalf of the GLBTQ community among many other good qualities:
Rob McDowell, NPA
Tim Stevenson, Vision, who helped pass civic status for our annual Pride Parade, and went to Sochi to speak up for gay athletes at the 2012 Olympics.
Gregor Robertson, Vision
I ran against Vision in the past two elections for city council and I have criticized Mayor Robertson on a number of issues over the years. But I have grown to greatly admire Mayor Robertson’s leadership on the most pressing and challenging issues impacting society today – the environment, transportation, transit-based density, GLBTQ rights, the central importance of the city’s vibrant creative economy, and concern for those left behind, which is especially important when we live in one of the richest provinces in the country that also has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation.
All one has to do is look east to Toronto to recognize how lucky we are to have a leader with Mayor Robertson’s vision and commitment to Vancouver values. He has been successful in managing our economy and helping make Vancouver one of the most admired and desirable places in the world to live – that’s quite a record!
Who’s on your list? This is mine.