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Urooba Jamal is a student, writer and social justice advocate seeking nomination with the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) for Park Board.

With an arsenal of community development experience, Urooba understands the significance of community-centred approaches to building safe, inclusive and innovative spaces. As a student affairs advisor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) residences, Urooba consistently organized and facilitated social justice-themed programming.  She is continuing this work in her role as a Community Animator at the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Center, also at UBC.

Urooba is passionately committed to the inclusion of marginalized voices in the realm of arts and culture. As such, she has been involved in a number of grassroots initiatives focused on centering the experiences of racialized communities through the expression of poetry and other performance arts. She is also currently involved with starting an alternative student press at UBC (The Talon), that aims to fill the void of critical, independent student media on campus.

Her international work experiences of researching migrant justice issues in both Singapore and Ethiopia also inform her support for the Sanctuary City movement, as she believes that everyone, regardless of status, should be free to access essential services without the fear of detention and deportation.

Through her work with the Richmond Food Security Society, Urooba became well-versed in issues of municipal food policy. Therefore, she will push for the development of urban food forests in Vancouver, especially those that represent this city’s diverse residents.

Urooba is passionate about advocating on behalf of racialized communities, in particular youth, and their right to the city through the city’s various services and programming.

Staunchly anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-poverty, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-transphobic, Urooba hopes to bring her youthful perspective to Parks and Recreation issues in order to create a more inclusive, accessible city that is representative and serves the needs of its diverse communities. As such, she is also running on the platform of economic justice and bringing back grassroots community programming.

She hopes to:

-increase the number of free programs and use of facilities for youth

-work with partner community associations to enhance arts and culture programs in the city, especially those run by and aimed at people on the margins

-enact a living wage for restaurant and contracted work, in line with the support of increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour

-support Community Association employees and their expansion into a unionized workforce

-enact Toronto’s 519 Church Street Community Centre as a model for community programming