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.
“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.”
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: Described as 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 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: Currently a Park Board Commissioner and community advocate, Catherine has been a Vancouver Library Board chair, business owner, and lawyer, and is passionate about equality, the environment, and inclusive, accessible public spaces.
Tanya Paz: An active transportation, car sharing, sustainability, and community planning activist, she’s also a proud #WestEndYVR resident and advocate for safer streets, better transit, and building our green economy.
Michael Samson: Founder of both non-profit organization Ripple Effect Society, plus Founder & President of INSPIRE CANADA.
Margot Sangster: A 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.
Vancouverites head to the polls on Saturday, October 20.