April 25, 2022 – Vancouver – Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Chair Stuart Mackinnon today announced that he has joined Vision Vancouver and will be seeking a council nomination under the party’s banner.
“I love our city and care deeply about the people and neighbourhoods who are all working together to make life better. It’s time they had a council that was working with them,” said Mackinnon. “Vision Vancouver has a strong track record and experience moving quickly and responsibly on the issues that matter in our city. As a part of the Vision team, I know we can build a stronger, more compassionate city.”
A former Green Party member, and three-term park board commissioner, Mackinnon’s announcement comes on the heels of former COPE park board commissioner John Irwin’s news that he has also joined the Vision Vancouver team. Mackinnon will sit as a Vision Vancouver park board commissioner until the end of his term.
“Vision Vancouver has a proud record of action on climate, housing, active transportation, reconciliation, public space, child care and so many other issues. Our hallmark for a decade on Council was courageous leadership that worked hard to bring the diverse views of the progressive community together in Vancouver. It’s never been more needed and that’s why more people are coming over every day,” said former Vision Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer. “With Stuart and a diverse team of candidates for nomination, we can ensure that people’s priorities are represented, and real action is taken, at all levels of our city government.”
“As the cost-of-living climbs, people are feeling even more squeezed than before, and the pandemic has only made things worse,” said Mackinnon. “With a strong team of Vision Vancouver councillors who share the same priorities as our neighbours, we can start making progress again on building more affordable housing, expanding public transit, protecting our parks and advancing reconciliation.”
In addition to his role as park board Chair, Mackinnon is a former educator at Killarney Secondary School, a current Vancouver Public Library Trustee and board member of many non-profit organizations including Axis Theatre, the Wilderness Committee and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Stuart lives in Vancouver’s Fraserlands neighbourhood.