The Executive Committee of the Coalition of Progressive Electors is the only elected committee in COPE. It meets monthly (see posted minutes) to administer the organization in between General Membership meetings. Some of the positions on the Executive have additional responsibilities, and are called “table officer positions.” These positions (and their responsibilities as outlined in the by-laws) are described on our page on how to run for the Executive.

You can contact the COPE Executive Committee by sending an email to cope@cope.bc.ca and requesting that it be forwarded to the full Executive.

 

Rider Cooey RIDER COOEY(CO-CHAIR) Born St Catharines, Ontario; college in California. During the 1968-69 SF State College strike for creation of Ethnic Studies programs, organized and got certification for a Teaching Assistants Local of the AFT. Canvasser for Rosemary Brown in 1972. Since 1977 I’ve been a member of a Vancouver housing co-op,
where my eldest daughter grew up. She’s now in London, UK (two grandchildren). Spouse Tamara and I also have twin girls at home in Vancouver.
COPE member since… before 2000; socialist; active in elections at all levels for forty years.
Also active with Friends of False Creek (water quality & shoreline restoration), Citywide Housing Coalition, and the Poverty Olympics.
Member of Raise the Rates, volunteer at Aboriginal Front Door for the last five years.
Supporter of all housing crisis band-aids— like homeless shelters, tent cities, and temporary modular housing—especially
if they’re on the westside.
1ff5233 CONNIE HUBBS (CO-CHAIR) began her activism with the women’s movement and was an active union member with CUPE, CUPW and the BCTF. She founded three not for profit organizations that are still operating and over the last 20 years has worked in the area of fundraising and philanthropy assisting hundreds of organizations raise funds. Connie currently chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a dedicated Toastmaster. Vancouver is a beautiful city that has many challenges. Connie believes COPE’s role is to represent those who are marginalized and to promote fairness in public life.
Carol Jerde  CAROL JERDE (TREASURER) Carol (aka cj) was born, raised, educated and spent her working life in Alberta, where she was an activist and elected leader in her union, and had broad participation the NDP, and in the womens’, peace and other social justice movements. She is very happy when singing in choirs dedicated to nourishing and encouraging those fighting for a better world. Climate change and the capitalist crisis are expected to keep her engaged for the foreseeable future.
 Aiden Sisler AIDEN SISLER (CORRESPONDING SECRETARY)Aiden Lum Sisler’s formal education includes a PhD in Developmental Psychology and MEd in Educational Psychology. She runs a private consulting and counselling
practice in downtown Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish Territories geared towards transformative justice and individual and collective flourishing. She is the current Socialist Alternative Vancouver Branch Chair, Branch Committee member and Socialist Alternative Canada National Committee member.
Aiden’s first big political speech in Grade 8 was for the Save Our Schools campaign against the BC Liberals’ austerity program . Since then she has worked on numerous coalitions including anti-racist, anti-fascist, feminist, LGBTQ+, and environmental justice campaigns in Europe and Canada. Also a Next Up 2017 graduate, Left Alternative and Team Jean Swanson organizer. Aiden looks forward to continuing to work with people who are building the mass
movements for justice rising up across the globe.
 John_Ames_2017  JOHN AMES (RECORDING SECRETARY) John has taught literature at Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta, and worked in the BC government public sector. He has also researched and taught labour education and rights with the
BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Industrial Workers of the
World (Vancouver), One Big Union-Socialist Party of Canada, and served
as Trustee with the Pacific North-West Labour History Association.
John is presently completing a doctoral study in special education,
setting up an urban forest school platform between the Vancouver Park
Board and Champlain Heights Community Association, where he serves on
the board of directors. A life-long non-market socialist, John is a companion of the Guild of St. George, a Ruskin trust (1871) promoting positive social transformation of society through the arts and crafts movement.
TIMOTHY O’KEEFFE (MEMBER-AT-LARGE)
 Kombil KOMBII NANJALAH (MEMBER-AT-LARGE) sat on the executive of BCGEU local 003 serving as a Member at Large. In the past she has organized low-income youth in Nairobi, and in 2002 started working in the second largest slum in Africa, called Kibera, where she worked to organize, educate and empower women and youth. Kombii currently works with mentally and physically handicapped children for Pathway Community Services where she manages a group home.
Anita Romaniuk March 2015 ANITA ROMANIUK(MEMBER-AT-LARGE) Into Parks & Recreation decades before the TV show. MBA with a social conscience. Long-time political and community activist locally, provincially, and federally. Seven-time Park Board candidate with COPE and two-time provincial candidate with the NDP. Former Chair of Park Board (2004) and Chair of its Finance Committee (2003-2005). Currently active with Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools and Save Our Parklands Society.
MEENA WONG (MEMBER-AT-LARGE) Founder of Civic Engagement Network. Community Outreach Dim Sum organizer2011 Candidate for Member of Parliament in Vancouver South2014 Mayoral Candidate for COPEAffordable housing advocate
ESTHER SILVA(MEMBER-AT-LARGE born 1934 on rural sask farm…mother,english canadian/father dutch immigrantmoved to BC coast in 1939 after 8 year drought on the prairie and near end of depression with 7 member family(maternal grandparents, parents and 2 young sisters. I was 5.family worked and lived on rented dairy farms on Vanc. island near Chemanius and also near Nanaimo. My first playmates were indiginous children who came from a nearby reserve to trade fresh fish for fruit and vegetables from the farms orchard.Hoping to see these new friends starting grade 1 at the 1 room school.I got home disappointed to hear my dad explain that they weren’t allowed to go to that school and were placed in orphanages.I never saw indiginous children in elementary, secondary, or university.
when I was 10 we moved to Victoria West, graduated from Victoria High school in 1952attended Victoria College till 1954 came to Vancouver to UBC. 1954-1958 graduated with Master in science(physiology)Jobs I have had since about age 12
farm harvesting in Saanich -potatoes and berries
paper delivery girl, in high school, cleaning houses with mother, working in dry cleaners
candy store, restaurant: dish washer, short order cook, waitress while attending university
working in dry cleaners, waitress and short order cook
drawing maps for BC forests, university student camp (kitchen help)
lab. technician1958 to 1972
3 years as research associate in Chicago, Univ. of Illinois
3 years working on PhD AT Univ. of London, England
almost 9 years in Lima,Peru as research associate and biochemistry lab.
instructor.
 Justine JUSTINE DAVIDSON (MEMBER-AT-LARGE)
 Riaz Behra RIAZ BEHRA (MEMBER-AT-LARGE) was born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish Territories to parents who migrated from South Africa where his grandfather played a central role in the mass struggle against apartheid. His first involvement in broad activist organizing dates to the early 2000’s with Stopwar.ca when large groups of people throughout the world mobilized to oppose the war on Iraq. Since then he has been involved in campaigns fighting for racial justice, economic equality and union rights. He believes in the need, to quote an old maxim, to “unite the many to defeat the few.” Riaz sees the housing crisis as an outgrowth of the concentration of power at the top end of our society. He respects COPE’s long and proud legacy of fighting for a more fair and just city.
 AJANTHA DHARMAPALA AJANTHA DHARMAPALA (MEMBER-AT-LARGE)
   JOHN YANO (EQUITY REPRESENTATIVE LGBQP CAUCUS)  Red seal journeyman cook. Social and environmental justice advocate. Born in Niagara Falls Ontario to parents who were born in Vancouver. Grew up in Toronto and lived for a number of years in Alberta prior to moving to Vancouver in 1999. Studied Organic Chemistry at University of Waterloo. Received diploma in Culinary Management from George Brown College. Currently a member of the BCNDP executive, federal and provincial riding NDP executives. Former HEU shop steward, member of local executive and member of two provincial union committees including the LGBT Standing Committee. Former delegate to the VDLC for HEU St. Paul’s Hospital Local.
 Stephen Lytton  STEPHEN  LYTTON (EQUITY REPRESENTATIVE DISABILITY CAUCUS)
Stephen moved to the Downtown Eastside (in Vancouver) in 1992. At first, he found some aspects of life in the area frightening but, as time went on, and with the involvement of friends, he grew to care deeply for the community. He loves the character, heart and courage of the Downtown Eastside. He has learned much about the human spirit and its will to survive in spite of all the challenges it encounters.
Stephen enjoys poetry, creative writing and acting. Something he particularly loves about acting is the ability to share a message in a way that provokes thought and feelings without preaching. He believes artists must think about how their work is presented, keeping in mind that sensitive issues can negatively impact audience members after they leave. Stephen believes that the arts help shed light on the issues of our community, uplift the spirit, and play a key role in building bridges to other communities.
Stephen participates in the Carnegie Community Choice and Mothers and Grandfathers drum group. He sits on the on the boards for Carnegie Community Centre and urban ink, Aboriginal network on disabilities society, Roundtable Dialogue in Community and speaks at city council regarding issues such as housing, homelessness, missing women, residential schools and addictions.