With Squamish Chief Ian Campbell selected as Vision Vancouver’s Mayoral candidate, the race to be a part of his City Council team is heating up. On July 8th, Vision Vancouver members will choose from eight candidates who are seeking four available spots on the Vision Council slate, joining Vision Councillor Heather Deal on the election ballot this October.
The eight Council candidates for Vision represent the diversity of Vancouver, reflecting different ages, ethnicities, professional experience and political backgrounds within the city. With eight people stepping forward, Vision Vancouver has the largest council nomination race of the year, with the most people interested in seeking an endorsement of any civic party in Vancouver.
“We are very excited about the diverse, talented team stepping forward to run with Vision Vancouver this October,” said Vision Co-Chair Michael Haack. “With Ian Campbell as our Mayoral candidate, we are presenting a new Vision team to Vancouver voters - a team that will put forward new ideas for a progressive agenda this fall. On July 8th, Vision members will have the chance to choose the team running with Ian Campbell this October.”
Vancouver residents can still take out a Vision membership up until June 23rd to vote in the July 8th nomination. The eight candidates seeking Vision’s nomination for Council are:
Diego Cardona: a social justice advocate, Diego is active in a variety of organizations including Fresh Voices, which aims to make BC and Canada a better place for immigrant and refugee youth; most recently he was Programs Coordinator for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.
Ken Clement: A Vancouver resident for more than 30 years and of Ktunaxa First Nation ancestry, Ken is Vancouver’s first-ever aboriginal school trustee and the CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.
Coco Culbertson: a harm reduction champion and community leader in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for more than 15 years, Coco is a Senior Manager at the Portland Hotel Society, where she has been focused on fostering employment, combating the opioid crisis, and creating innovative social housing strategies.
Catherine Evans: A current Park Board Commissioner and community advocate, Catherine has been a past Vancouver Library Board chair, business owner, and lawyer, and is passionate about equality, the environment, and inclusive, accessible public spaces.
Tanya Paz is a leader in active transportation, car sharing, sustainability, and community planning — she's also a proud #WestEndYVR resident and advocate for safer streets, better transit, and building our green economy.
Michael Samson: successful business leader and founder of both non-profit organization Ripple Effect Society, plus Founder & President of INSPIRE CANADA.
Margot Sangster: experienced public health professional currently working in residential addictions treatment and previously worked with Vancouver Coastal Health programs in cross-cultural mental health and criminal justice diversion.
Wei Qiao Zhang: a former athlete, talk show host, community leader, and assistant to Vancouver Member of Parliament, with the skills and track record to shape the future and better the lives of Vancouverites.
The Vision Vancouver nomination meeting will take place Sunday, July 8th at Creekside Community Centre from 10 am to 6 pm.
Ian Campbell is a hereditary Chief with the Squamish Nation, with more than 20 years experience as the lead negotiator for the Squamish with business and senior levels of government. An experienced leader with an EMBA from Simon Fraser University, Ian Campbell has played a key role in the partnership efforts of Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to build thousands of rental and co-op housing units on their unceded homelands they purchased back from the Federal Government. Unlike most developers, the MSTDC focus is on affordable rental, social and co-op housing, with an emphasis on housing for Indigenous people. He has also been a steadfast advocate on taking action on climate change including opposition of the Transmountain pipeline expansion.
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