Advocacy, education and outreach in support of Vancouver's public spaces

Top 3 priorities –┬áCity of Vancouver candidate form

  1. Barrier-Free Parks & Rec
  2. Neighbourhood Pools
  3. Indigenous Programming

Platform – City of Vancouver candidate form

“Barrier-free Parks and Recreation: Reduce fees and eliminate fees for children. Increase access, restore pools, and create parks across the city.

More Parks and Facilities: Build more pocket parks and protect park land from other uses, such as development, commercialization, traffic routes, Hydro substations.

Reconciliation and Democracy: Consult and partner with First Nations and urban indigenous communities to fund and create new indigenous-centred infrastructure and programming. Treat Community Centre Associations as equal partners.”

1. What is your favourite park or park board facility in Vancouver, and why?

My favourite facility is Britannia, which in a tri-party agreement works closely with the COV, VSB, VPL & Britannia Community Services Centre Society with recreational facilities staffing and programs manged by Park Board.

2. We’ll be sharing the top three priorities that you provided the City of Vancouver, but we want to know: which one of your three priorities are you most passionate about, and why?

I can’t differentiate, I am passionate about them all. Thank you for sharing all of my priorities

3. Vancouver is a growing city! What are your ideas for ensuring that the city’s parks and recreation facilities can respond to the needs of an increasing and diversifying population?

Restore funding previously cut. Make facility up-grades a priority. Have neighbourhood pools. Lower user costs and remove participation barriers.

4. Given the high cost of land in the city, what suggestions do you have for how the Park Board should approach the creation of new park spaces?

Work with city council to direct developer permitting and community development fund contributions to create equity between westside and eastside neighbourhood parks and amenities.

5. What, if any, role do you see the Park Board playing in responding to critical social issues such as homelessness, the opioid epidemic, and social isolation?

The 23 Community Centre operations that fall within PB JOA agreement already play a vital role in addressing solutions to these systemic problems. With resources, and innovative, place-based action much more could be done.

6. In the past few years, the Park Board has taken steps to acknowledge First Nations cultures and the impacts of colonization on local Indigenous communities. Would you continue this work? If yes, how?

Yes. How? Acknowledging first of all that we have been remiss in not giving the respect, and in not understanding how important the shaping of what community is, when seen through the cultural lens of Indigenous people. Next step, reach out, be educated, respect and embrace what we learn, embed it everywhere in the public realm.

7. How can Vancouver’s parks and recreation facilities best respond to the challenges posed by climate change?

Protect the canopy. Stop building destinations. Daylight waterways. Work with transit to create affordable transportation. Have greenspace small and large wherever possible, including laneways.

8. What, if any, role do you think privately owned companies should play in the management, operation, or naming/branding of Park board facilities?

None

9. What, if any, role do you feel that neighbourhoods or community groups should play in the stewardship of park spaces and facilities?

I believe strongly that neighbourhoods and community groups play a strong role in the stewardship of public spaces and amenities. I also believe that there should be equity in the stewardship. Some communities may require extra support to achieve the capacity to provide stewardship.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your platform?

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the survey.

 

More information:

City of Vancouver – Park Board Candidate webpage