What are the challenges and opportunities for diverse populations in our city of Vancouver in 2016?

Join us at our annual Equity Conference and General Meeting on Sunday April 17

at 5288 Joyce St, Vancouver (in the Neighbourhood House 2 blocks from the Joyce Collingwood Skytrain Station)

Registration starts at 1:00 pm,

An Equity Plenary(*) from 1:15-2:15 will include a showing of the filmSecret Vancouver: Return to Hogans Alley‘,

The General Meeting from 2:30-5:30pm  will include an Equity Conference with the following outstanding presenters:

Diana Day

Diana Day

A member of the Wolf Clan from the Oneida Nation, Diana has worked in a variety of capacities in community development and social services.  Her experience includes work at the local, provincial and national level ranging from program delivery to program management.  Diana has provided personal and professional development training to Aboriginal people in Canada and the U.S.  Employed with VCH since 1997, Diana has an honors’ degree in psychology and works as Leader, Aboriginal Community Development/Engagement.  Diana was a member of the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee to the City of Vancouver.   Diana also has had extensive experience volunteering with VSB as a PAC chair, and an Executive member of the District Parent Advisory Council for 3 years.  In 2014, Diana was COPE’s top vote getter in the election for school board and was inspired her to throw her hat in the ring for the NDP nomination for Vancouver Mt. Pleasant in 2015.  She appreciates the support she received from COPE membership during both campaigns.  Diana is a tireless advocate for culturally safe services, her most important job however, is mothering her two children, Alexander and Angeline.


Victor Elkins

Victor Elkins is a successful labour leader and dedicated lifelong activist notably in areas of equity. His work includes the following:
  • Held every position on the PHSA Executive at the local level.
  • Chair of the Canadian Red Cross local (now Canadian Blood Services)
  • Steward in the operating room at Vancouver General Hospital.
  • HEU Pay Equity, Global Justice and Peace, Political Action and Pink Triangle Standing Committee 
  • Provincial Executive for eight years in a row: two as 2nd Vice President
  • President for the past two years.
  • Represented HEU nationally at CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and the CLC (Canadian Labour Congress),
  • Lobbied the Federal Government on issues such as the economy, EI reform, pension reform and gun control
  • Equity Vice President at the CLC,
  • Represented HEU/CUPE/CLC at the ‘World Out’ Games and Human Rights conferences and at the International Aids Conferences in Vienna and Washington DC.
  • Working with many community groups such as Downtown East Side residents, Raise the Rates committee, Qmunity, Positive Living BC, Aids Walk, GLISA-NA (LGBT Sports/Human Rights organization), Standing Up for Mental Health, United Way, First Call, several environment groups, and foster parent associations.


Jamie-Lee Hamilton

(picture and bio not yet available)


Tim Louis

Tim Louis (Co-Chair of COPE) is a practicing lawyer who has been actively involved in Vancouver civic politics for over twenty-five years. Tim has lived and worked in Vancouver all his adult life. From his early days as a law student at UBC – during which time he co-founded Vancouver’s custom transit service for people with disabilities (HandyDART), through to his terms as an elected official on both Park Board and City Council, Tim has listened to, and advocated on behalf of, communities across Vancouver.Tim believes Vancouver’s voters want a City Hall free from the control of developers, a City Hall that puts the interests of working people, the unemployed and the underemployed at the top of the agenda.


Meena Wong

Meena’s childhood experiences during the widespread purges of the Cultural Revolution in China left her with a strong sense of social justice and the passion to work for progressive change. Her political background in Canada began with the NDP in Toronto, where she met and worked with two politicians who would later be part of the federal NDP’s breakthrough in Canadian politics: Jack Layton and Olivia Chow. From 1999 to 2002, Meena Wong was assistant to Olivia Chow, then a Toronto City Councillor. Wong eventually returned to Vancouver, where she began her extensive involvement with COPE.Meena was the first Asian Female Vancouver Mayoralty Candidate when she ran for mayor with COPE in 2014.


John Woods

John Woods has worked for several decades in the community living field, and for several years as a professional sexual health educator with a focus on non-monogamous relationship models. He has a parallel career as an award-winning musical theatre & cabaret writer / performer.





1:15 pm Equity Plenary

2:15 pm Equity Plenary Adjourns

2:30 pm Equity Conferenence COPE General Meeting is called to order

Territory Acknowledgment

Introduction of Equity Conference Master of Ceremonies Victor Elkins


Gretchen Dulmage on the origins of the COPE Equity Diversity Oversight Committee

Equity Caucus Presentations

Aborigninal: Diana Day

Racialized: Meena Wong

Disabled: Tim Louis

LGBQQPP2S + TTIP: Victor Elkins, John Wood and Jamie-Lee Hamilton

4:00 pm Q & A

5:00 pm COPE Business Meeting

Elections and Ratifications for COPE Executive


Member at Large

Aboriginal Caucus

Trans Caucus

Special Resolutions (announced on Feb 28) to amend Quorum requirements

Other Motions

5:30 pm Meeting Adjourned

*Equity Plenary

On the day of every COPE General Meeting there will be an Equity Plenary organized by the Equity/ Diversity Oversight Committee.

WHO: Members of Equity-seeking Groups and Allies are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHAT: The Equity Plenary is an opportunity for Members of Equity-seeking Groups and Allies to get together to network and discuss Equity Issues within COPE and in the Community, meet the EDOC and Equity Representatives on the Executive and raise issues and concerns. Some members may choose to self identify and sign up to participate in the Indigenous, Racialized,Disability, LGBPQ2S and/or Transgender Caucuses. There are 5 Equity Representatives to the COPE Executive, selected by the relevant Caucus and ratified by the General Meeting. Where there is an existing vacancy members of the relevant equity-seeking group attending this meeting may caucus to select a Representative to be ratified at the general meeting

WHEN: Unless otherwise specified, the Equity Plenary will be 1 hour in duration, and will take place prior to the start of the General Meeting, at the meeting location, with a 15 minute break prior to the meeting.


DiverseCity Conference April 17, 2016