I love Vancouver and want to make it better – more healthy, affordable, inclusive, safe, restorative, circular and resilient.
I was born on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Raised by a single mom, I learned firsthand the importance of being part of our community and connecting to our arts, culture, parks, lands and waters for my health, safety and wellbeing.
Since 2018, I have served on Vancouver City Council, and previously as Park Board Commissioner from 2014 to 2018. I represent Vancouver as a Director on the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and as Vice Chair on the Regional Parks Committee. I have also sat on many organizations and committees, including Art House Society, Mount Pleasant BIA, EasyPark, Persons with Disabilities Advisory Group, Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group, 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Group and more.
For the last four years, I have worked with many community groups, businesses and governments to set precedent setting plans and projects across the City of Vancouver. Looking back, it’s hard to believe what we have done together: passing the Vancouver Plan (our first official community plan), passing the Climate Emergency Action Plan, approving more housing and supports for vulnerable residents, adopting our first Accessibility Strategy, and approving strategies to advance our Reconciliation Framework. We passed CultureShift, made space for arts at the City Motel, and saved the Rio Theatre.
Together, we also passed an Urban Forest Strategy and Rain City Strategy, started the Vancouver Tree Bank, refreshed the Greenway Strategy for walking, cycling and rolling, passed many motions to improve local water quality, and planned for the daylighting of creeks and the cleaning up of Trout Lake. Behind the scenes, we were making it easier to open a business, starting to streamline and digitize permitting, supporting restorative justice, supporting fairer code of conduct processes and improving governance. The City of Vancouver is now set up to for the next 4 years with the biggest capital funding in its history.
Now in the lead up to the 2022 Vancouver City Council election, I am more committed than ever to supporting Vancouver to become the city it can be – one that is a leader on climate action and human rights and is a more happy, resilient, affordable, inclusive, restorative and egalitarian society. That’s why I have put my name forward again for Vancouver City Council so we can get the things done that need to happen.