COPE is pleased to announce the appointment of Alvin Singh as COPE’s new Executive Director. Singh brings a wealth of experience in policy development, communications, and education advocacy, working with the NDP and other levels of government. Singh is currently COPE’s external chair person and ran for school board in 2008. He has been involved in municipal and provincial issues since he was a high school student, successfully lobbying for seismic upgrades in BC schools.
Singh replaces outgoing Executive Director, Rachel Marcuse, who has been with the organization for three years, co-managed COPE’s 2008 election campaign and was integral to COPE’s coalition agreement with Vision Vancouver. According to COPE Internal Chairperson David Chudnovsky, “Rachel has modernized COPE’s internal and external structures, reached out to young people who now have important leadership roles, worked with COPE’s elected representatives to bring interesting new initiatives and collaboratively connected with community organizations.”
Marcuse plans to return to school for a master’s degree this winter, “I have enjoyed working with people all over the city and am proud that COPE is attracting new members and is the only major party in the city without a deficit. While I’m sad to go, I’m excited that Alvin will be moving into a new leadership role with the organization and I’m confident that he will take COPE in a strong direction in the pre-election year to come.”
Singh adds, “Rachel has done a tremendous job making COPE the home for collaborative ideas that help make our city more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive. I’m thrilled and honoured to carry on this work in my new role. Looking ahead, COPE will continue to work together with neighbourhoods and stakeholders all across Vancouver. My priority is to help COPE develop the best policy solutions to pressing civic challenges like housing and homelessness, transportation, and sustainability.”
Marcuse will continue as COPE’s Executive Director until October 1, after a month of transition with Singh.
COPE will also be holding its 2010 Annual General Meeting on September 19 at the Japanese Language Hall at 2:30 PM, following a sneak peak and consultation on new policy at 9:30 AM.
According to Chudnovsky, “COPE is getting election-ready. We are attracting new members and our candidate search committee is already at work consulting with potential 2011 candidates.”