With municipal election day drawing ever closer, Vision Vancouver has officially announced its candidates for City Council, as well as for the Vancouver Parks Board and the Vancouver School Board.
“I’m proud to lead a new Vision team that is progressive, diverse, and represents our growing and changing city,” said Ian Campbell, Vision’s Mayoral Candidate. “This election is a critical choice for the future of Vancouver.”
On Sunday, party members cast their votes for the candidates and the results are in.
For Council, the four new candidates who will join incumbent Councillor Heather Deal in this election are:
Diego Cardona: Describing him as a social justice advocate, Vision said Cardona 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.
Catherine Evans: A current Park Board Commissioner and community advocate, Evans has been a past Vancouver Library Board chair, business owner, and lawyer, She is passionate about equality, the environment, and inclusive, accessible public spaces.
Tanya Paz: Calling her “a leader in active transportation, car sharing, sustainability, and community planning,” Vision said Paz is a West End resident who is an advocate for safer streets, better transit, and building the city’s green economy.
Wei Qiao Zhang: A former athlete, talk show host, community leader, and assistant to Vancouver Member of Parliament, Vision said Zhang has “the skills and track record to shape the future and better the lives of Vancouverites.”
Vancouver Park Board nominees
Vision Vancouver members also nominated two candidates for the Vancouver Park Board:
Shamim Shivji: A lawyer, mediator and former president of West Point Grey Community Association, Vision said Shivji is “dedicated to meaningful community engagement.”
Cameron Zubko: Vision said Zubko is a Metis business owner with 20 years of experience, who also serves on the City of Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee where he works with city councillors to advise city policy.
Vancouver School Board nominees
Vision has also put forward the following two candidates for School Board, who will join incumbent Allan Wong on the ballot in October:
Aaron Leung: Described as a public education advocate, “an engaged resident of Champlain Heights,” Vision said Leung is locally and nationally recognized leader for his work supporting students on sustainability-related issues at the Vancouver School Board, which included co-founding the VSB Sustainability Conference.
Erin Arnold: Arnold is described by Vision as a parent and an experienced professional in counselling, victim services, and facilitation, and who is familiar with government policy and process after working within multiple provincial government ministries.
“I’m looking forward to a spirited election campaign this fall,” said Campbell. “Vision will be putting forward a bold, progressive plan for the future of our city and we will be working hard to rally all progressive voters around a shared vision for Vancouver.”