Lisa Barrett has extensive experience in civic government as the former two-term mayor of Bowen Island Municipality. She is a practicing civil mediator who is well known for her tireless effort as a social, economic and ecological justice activist. Currently, she is deeply involved in organizations for civil liberties and human rights and fighting catastrophic climate change with Rising Tide-Coast Salish Territories.
As a low income single parent who often had to take two children to civic meetings, Lisa knows first-hand the barriers facing many women who want to participate in the decision-making and policy development that directly affects their lives. Lisa is a passionate advocate of strong public consultation processes and participatory budgeting, which she sees as a powerful tool of building community and equity. Find out more about Lisa here.
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SID CHOW TAN 周明輝
Sid Chow Tan is renowned city-wide as a passionate anti-racism organizer and advocate for local residents. Sid is best known for his decades of work in the struggle for redress of the Chinese head tax and exclusion laws. Sid has shown his commitment to fighting for the rights of marginalized communities who suffer poverty and discrimination, and seeks to build a city where everyone can live in dignity.
Sid has helped found and build many organizations in Vancouver and across Canada to fill community and personal needs. Sid is also a media and communications producer, and he has coordinated volunteers to produce ACCESS Community Television, a weekly scheduled community television program in Metro Vancouver, since 1994. Find out more about Sid here.
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Gayle Gavin is a lifelong Vancouverite, prominent trial lawyer, community activist, and grandmother. As a lawyer who managed her own firm, Gayle won precedent-setting judgments, enshrining the rights of disabled people to long-term disability, of women who have been sexually assaulted to compensation, of women to employment while pregnant, of workers locked-out to unemployment insurance benefits, and of people in same sex partnerships to recognition as couples under the Medical Services Plan.
As a community activist, Gayle has worked with the Mount Pleasant Residents Association to oppose the massive Rize Alliance development. She is also a committed advocate of building local food security and working to ensure transparent governance. Find out more about Gayle here.
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Keith Higgins is an artist, business owner, and veteran manager of artist-run organizations in Vancouver. A former business consultant working with financial services, marketing, opinion research, and advertising clients, he spearheaded the successful revival of the venerable Helen Pitt Gallery which had closed in 2009, re-launching it as UNIT/PITT Projects.
He is co-proprietor of Publication Studio Vancouver, a publisher and bookbinder recently selected as one of nine publishers in the “focus on Canada” at the 2014 London Art Book Fair. Keith is a resident of the West End who works in Chinatown. Find out more about Keith here.
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Tim Louis has a longstanding record of community activism as co-founder of HandiDart and the HandiDart Riders Alliance, co-founder of Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and co-founder of Access Housing Co-op. He also served on City Council from 1999-2005. As Councilor, Tim spearheaded the creation of the City’s Ethical Purchasing Policy and the Food Policy Council and chaired the Finance Committee.
Tim knows that City Hall works best when it listens to the residents of this city. He is committed to taking back City Hall from the pockets of developers and ending the developer monopoly to build affordable and social housing for all. Find out more about Tim here.
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Wilson Munoz came to Canada as a refugee from El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980's. He has been a financial and property administrator, community organizer, and social and environmental justice activist for the past 25 years. Soon after coming to Canada, Wilson became involved in supporting BC labour movements and organizing with the BCTF and UTAC (Unemployed Teachers' Action Centre). Wilson has also had an active role in designing and implementing programs to support Latin American refugees and immigrants in his capacity as Vice-President of the Canadian Hispanic Congress, BC Chapter.
Wilson hosts a weekly radio program focused on mining issues in the Americas and continues to be involved in migrant justice movements. He is committed to working to make Vancouver a Sanctuary City to ensure access without fear for all residents, regardless of status. Find out more about Wilson here.
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Jennifer O'Keeffe is an education and social justice advocate, artist, and recent graduate. As a student at Capilano University, Jennifer was a major force in advocating for university transparency and the educational rights of students. She was a leading figure in organizing to halt program closures and advocating for students’ right to graduate.
With B.C. students graduating with highest level of student debt rate in Canada and young people being squeezed out of Vancouver by inflated housing costs, Jennifer is also deeply concerned about the city's housing and affordability crisis. Determined that neither families nor students should ever have to make a choice between paying the bills or putting food on the table, Jennifer is committed to tackling these crises. Find out more about Jennifer here.
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AUDREY SIEGL sχɬemtəna:t
Audrey Siegl sχɬemtəna:t grew up in East Vancouver and now lives and works on the Musqueam Indian Reserve, where she gives tours of the cultural pavilion and gallery, as well as the Chinese market gardens. In a process of reconnecting with her maternal and ancestral ties, she has worked in the Musqueam Language and Culture Department to revitalize hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language. Audrey has been active in the protection of c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden) in 2012, the Idle No More movement, and mostly recently, the tent city camp at Oppenheimer Park.
Audrey is running on a platform of Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice, and an end to violence against women, especially First Nations women. Audrey wants to work to radically change Vancouver as we know it and to build a city where basic needs and humanity come before corporate profit and corporate politics. Find out more about Audrey here.
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