My reasons for running
I have chosen to take this challenge, to seek the Green Nomination and hopefully stand for election in the next civic election, because it is time for my members of generation to apply what we have learned and what we know of the world around us. It is time for us to contribute to social and political leadership to greater degree. I have a strong community of friends and colleagues who have been very supportive of the idea of a possible Parks run, when I have tested the waters in conversation. I personally have spent more than 10 years within the Parks system as a worker. I understand the operations from the bottom up. I have a strong sense for what actually happens on the ground, in our Parks system. I believe strongly in listening to the community involved when piecing together the merits of any particular decision or action that affects that group. I love Vancouver's Parks. I think they are one of the most incredible features of the city. I want them clean, safe, accessible, multifunctional, responsive to the community they serve, beautiful and fun. I believe I bring a particular expertise to the race in that I have been trained in a systems school and I have learned to assess limits, tensions, barriers, and system components accordingly. I have a background in sustainable systems and social, grass-roots activism. I believe in a better tomorrow than what I fear we are looking at through the current status quo. I am concerned with growing inequality. I am worried that our city is squeezing out too many of its residents. I am concerned with greenwashing. I am concerned that we have been maxing out our ecological credit. I want honest leadership with a focus on listening, sharing and love. I would like to try to bring those values to the role of Park Board Commissioner.