I want to represent your interests as we continue to build a progressive, forward-looking Vancouver… and I have the experience to ensure your voice gets heard at City Hall, and that we get things done.
For the past four years I’ve had the honour of serving the people of Vancouver on our Board of Parks and Recreation, where I am currently Vice-Chair.
As a Park Board Commissioner I’ve helped to enhance Indigenous management of traditional lands, bring attention to the need for improved water quality in False Creek, and make events in our parks safer for women and other at-risk groups.
I am a community leader, parent of two grown children, former small business owner and lawyer. I have also worked extensively in government, serving in policy and senior management roles in both the governments of BC and Ontario.
As the Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Board from 2011 to 2014, I became keenly aware of the critical role that public institutions play in supporting families, youth, and seniors and enhancing civic life.
In the work I did through my business, I helped a variety of not-for-profit and public sector organizations make a difference in raising awareness about solutions to homelessness, increasing financial literacy among seniors, and dealing with a wide variety of environmental and social issues.
In my involvement with community organizations, I know that working together is the best way to achieve results. I have been fortunate to serve with many other deeply committed volunteers on a variety of boards and committees including:
- the Canadian Women Voter’s Congress
- West Coast LEAF
- Dunbar Tree Committee
- Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association
- Ryerson Community Garden
- Point Grey Secondary PAC
- Save our Schools
- BC Society for Public Education
In 2012, I was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.
A former resident of Dunbar I now live with my husband Paul in Kitsilano.
MY PARK BOARD RECORD
The following provides a chronological listing of the motions I brought to Park Board over the past four years that were passed either unanimously or by a majority of my fellow commissioners:
- Institute a commemorative tree and shrub planting program for individuals, groups and organizations as a way to mark an anniversary, birth, death, or other event
- Implement the actions outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that lie within the jurisdiction of Park Board
- Clean up and improve water quality in False Creek and Vancouver beaches
- Endorse the City of Vancouver becoming a Living Wage employer
- Sponsor poetry in parks initiatives with the Vancouver Public Library
- Institute an “Access without Fear” policy for parks and recreation programs
- Simplify event permit applications for community groups
- Develop a new funding model for community centres in low-income neighbourhoods
- Promote resident involvement in watering street trees during summer drought conditions
- Invite the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations to consider re-naming Siwash Rock
- Affirm the use of community centres as overnight emergency warming shelters
- Require the inclusion of safety measures for women and other at-risk groups when issuing permits for music concerts and other major events