COPE members ratify agreement with Vision and Greens

Message to COPE Members and
Supporters:

More than 400 COPE members packed the St James Community Hall last Sunday and
overwhelmingly ratified the cooperative election agreement with Vision
Vancouver and the civic Green party.

The decision to support the
recommendation by the COPE Executive and the Negotiating Committee, and ratify
the agreement, was made after a lengthy debate that included many COPE members
and longtime supporters.

We will now field two candidates
for city council, a majority five on school board and two for parks on November
15.  Vision will run eight for council,
four for school and four for parks, while the Greens will run a single park
board candidate
.

COPE, Vision and the civic Green
election teams will also start putting in place common campaign elements on key
issues such as homelessness.

I share Cllr David Cadman’s
comments that Sunday’s meeting was “COPE in a very positive way saying
that we want to be part of this co-operative arrangement with Vision and the
Greens to put together a progressive slate.”

The ratification meeting came at
the end of COPE’s 2008 Policy Conference during which many of you gave up most
of a sunny Sunday to debate and approve the policies and issues that will make
up our election platform. We now have a compelling platform that will be released
throughout the campaign. Thanks to all for your commitment and hard work.

I am confident that COPE is in a
position to be a real force in the November election. It is up to all of us to
now work together and elect a strong group of candidates to council, school and
park boards, so that COPE’s voice continues to shape the civic agenda in
Vancouver.

I would also remind all COPE
members to attend the Nominating Conference at 2:30 pm on September 28 at the
Ukrainian Hall at 154 E 10 Ave, Vancouver, where you will elect candidates to
represent COPE in the November 15 civic election.

Ellen Woodsworth

COPE External Co-Chairperson

COPE Nominating
Conference — Information for members and potential nominees

COPE’s 2008 Nominating Conference will be at 2:30 pm on
Sun, Sept 28, 2008
at the Ukrainian Auditorium at 154 East 10 Ave,
Vancouver.

At the Nominating Conference COPE members will choose
candidates for the November 15 civic election.

All COPE members, who are in good standing on or before August 14, 2008, will be
eligible to vote
at the Nominating Conference, to seek a COPE nomination,
or to nominate a candidate seeking a nomination. Candidate profiles are posted
at the end of this newsletter, and are also available online, at http://www.cope.bc.ca/content/candidate-profiles.

For more information about the Nominating Conference and
nominations process, see the COPE Constitution
and By-Laws
.

If you are
interested in seeking a COPE nomination, please contact the COPE office at
604-255-0400 or email ivan@cope.bc.ca.


What: Nominating Conference
Where:
Ukrainian Auditorium at 154 East 10 Ave,
Vancouver (at Main St)
When: Sun, Sept. 28th at 2:30 pm

Trout Lake
Community Centre is back in the Capital Plan!

The people of East Vancouver rallied to fight for
Trout Lake, Britannia, Hastings and Marpole Community Centres at the Capital
Plan hearing at Vancouver City Council on Sept 15.

COPE External Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth spoke in
favour of including the community centres as part of the capital plan
referendum on this November civic election ballot.  Woodsworth is a past President of Britannia
Community Centre Association and her partner is a former CUPE 15 worker at TroutLake.

At the hearing local residents spoke passionately
about the need for community centres as the heart of neighbourhoods. Seniors,
parents, youth, artists, and immigrants all talked about how the centres have
assisted them.  City Councillors eventually
voted to put TroutLake
back in the Plan.

David Suzuki invites you to honour Mel Lehan

As a friend and admirer of Mel
Lehan I am pleased to be able to invite you to an event to honour his achievements.
Mel has worked tirelessly for as long as I can remember on numerous community,
environmental and social justice issues.
He has been a mentor, organizer, and leader in making his neighbourhood
and the world a better place – one project at a time. He believes in and brings
out the best in people. His patience, enthusiasm and energy are boundless – and
this year he is celebrating his 10-year anniversary of surviving esophageal
cancer.

I have long believed that local
communities will be the unit of strength as we enter a period of profound
ecological stress, and we’re moving there now.
For me, environmentalism is far more than protecting nature. It’s about
poverty and hunger (a starving person is not going to worry about whether an
edible plant or animal is endangered or polluted); it’s about full employment,
justice, security, equity, and freedom from terror, racism and war.

It is people like Mel who work on these issues who are absolutely critical in
making things happen, in rallying people to work together, in inspiring people
with unflagging positive enthusiasm and energy. To me, Mel is one of those
essential people who do things because it’s their passion and without any expectation
of recognition or even thanks. We must celebrate people like Mel who make
community a word that really means something.

On October 19, 2008 the Board of
Directors of St. James Community Square is honouring Mel for both his role in
the creation of The Square and for his community work. In 1993 Mel saw the need
for and came up with the idea of creating The Square. He brought together the
first Board of Directors and has been with the organization ever since. His
work in the community is staggering. Some of his current projects include:
bringing the Farmer’s Market to Kitsilano; organizing STANDS around
homelessness and housing; bringing the Downtown Eastside opera “Condemned” to
his community; helping to create 20 car free block parties; and being a
spokesperson for “Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver.”

In the past, to name just a few
projects, he founded Neighbour to Neighbour; created playgrounds at
Beaconsfield School and Tatlow Park; worked on preserving the Pt. Grey
foreshore and daylighting Tatlow Creek; assisted parents at the inner city
school of Macdonald Elementary to successfully organize to improve learning for
their children; and organized bus drivers at HandiDart to protect essential
services for clients and save the jobs of dedicated drivers.

His work has been recognized with
awards from Kitsilano Neighbourhood House; the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce;
and my organization, the David Suzuki Foundation. I think you get the picture.
Mel has been doing good work for a long time. So I think it is wonderful that a
plaque is being unveiled and installed to honour Mel at The Square.

I invite you to join in the
evening of recognition and celebration of Mel Lehan. The event will take place
on Sunday,
October 19, 2008
at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall at St. James Community Square, 3214
West 10th Avenue
.

Mel would like to use this opportunity of bringing friends, neighbours, and
colleagues together to raise funds for two of his favourite organizations. The
money raised from tickets and a silent auction will be split between Citywide
Housing Coalition’s work around homelessness and affordable housing and
obtaining improved seating in St. James Hall. This enjoyable evening of
recognition includes entertainment, refreshments and desserts. Tickets are a
suggested minimum donation of $30 and tax receipts will be issued for 50% of
the donated amount.

For tickets and information,
please call 604-739-9373 or email info@sjcommunitysquare.org.

I look forward to seeing you
there.

Yours sincerely,

David Suzuki

If you have merchandise,
services, art work, gift certificates, or other wonderful items that you would
like to contribute to our silent auction, please contact the St. James
Community Square office at 604-739-9373 or- info@sjcommunitysquare.org.

Suggested Donation:
$30 per person

Cheques payable to: St
James Community Square 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver V6K 2L2

Alternatively you can
pay by Visa or MasterCard. If you would like to buy your tickets in this way, please
call us on 604 739 9373. If you are put though to the answer machine, please
leave your name and phone number and we will call you back.


NPA school trustees face tough questions on decision to upgrade
schools in Premier’s riding

“Anyone who attended the September
15 Vancouver School Board meeting looking for answers to their questions would
have left disappointed and more confused,” said former COPE school trustee Jane
Bouey.

Parents, teachers, students and
school workers wanted to know why BC Education Minister Shirley Bond and NPA
School Board Chair Clarence Hansen apparently chose two schools in Premier
Gordon Campbell’s Pt Grey riding for a $30 million upgrading project.
Strathcona Elementary was the third school chosen.

“During debate COPE trustees Allan Wong and Al Blakey made it clear
– the choice of the three schools for the pilot never came before the Planning
and Facilities Committee or to them as trustees. They repeatedly asked ‘Who
knew? Who made the decision?” said Bouey.

Hansen said “we” arrived
at a decision on Queen Mary and Strathcona.

Again, Blakey questioned the “we”
as it became clear that most trustees had not even been part of any decision
process. Other NPA trustees were vague about what they knew and when.

NPA Trustee Eleanor Gregory said the
decisions were made by the provincial government, and questioned the notion
that Vancouver was somehow better placed to oversee such pilots.

During question period, former
Queen Mary district parent, Patti
Bacchus said the Queen Mary PAC had conversations with the Premier (their MLA),
and implied that is how their school was chosen. She raised the key question of
whether schools should follow the rules set out by the VSB, as most schools
have, or whether they should instead go straight to the provincial government.

Superintendent Chris Kelly’s comments seemed to be that the three schools were
placed upon the VSB’s agenda by the province.

All trustees made it clear that
they were not suggesting the funding be rejected. However Trustees Wong, Blakey,
Sharon Gregson and Gregory questioned the transparency of the process.

Bacchus’ question regarding what
parents should do raised the important question of what this says about the
role of school boards.

“I think it is not true to
state we had no knowledge of the trio of schools before the government
announcement,” said Blakey. “We had been informed of a hazy done
deal.

Parent activist Dawn Steele raised
some important issues.

“It appears that it was the
Premier who directed that his constituents be exempted from the rules that are
holding back seismic upgrades all around the Province through these so-called
pilots, instead of confronting and fixing the program flaws so that all schools
can be seismically upgraded as soon as possible.”

Candidates Seeking COPE Nomination (as of Sept 18th)

Council

David Cadman — for COPE City Council (incumbent)

David
Cadman has served for six years as a Vancouver city councillor for
COPE. He represented Vancouver on the Greater Vancouver Regional
District and Metro Vancouver board of director and from 2002-20055, was
elected to the Translink board, chairing the finance committee. He was
nominated by the GVRD and internationally elected as one of three North
Americans to the executive committee of the International Council for
Local Environmental initiatives (ICLEI): local governments for
sustainability. In his first three year term, he served as
International Vice-President and was elected International President in
his second term, where he represents local authorities to the UN
Commission on Sustainable Development. Prior to being elected to city
council, he was president of SPEC, the society promoting environmental
conservation, and chairperson of both the British Columbian and
Canadian environmental networks. For 19 years prior to that, he was the
GVRD’s administrator of communications and also worked with the UN
Associations of Canada. After finishing high school in Ontario, he did
undergraduate studies at the University of the South in Tennessee,
followed by graduate studies at the Institute for Higher Studies of the
University of Geneva, and the Sorbonne in Paris. Following studies,
David worked for four years establishing literacy programs in Tanzania
and Kenya and reviewed projects while consulting for OXFAM. In 1986, he
served as the Deputy Commissioner General of the United Nations
pavillion at Expo 86 and was the recipient of the United Nations Peace
Medal presented by the Secretary General of the UN. He later received
the UN’s 50th anniversary medal. David and his partner, Marisa and
their son, Darcy, have lived in Grandview-Woodlands, just off
Commercial Drive, since 1981.

david.cadman@vancouver.ca,

www.davidcadman.org 

Tim Louis for COPE City Council

Tim
Louis has represented COPE as an elected Park Board Commissioner [1990
– 1996] and as a City Councilor [1999 – 2005]. He has been an active
member of COPE for over 25 years a nd has served on the COPE Executive
since 2006. Tim was attracted to COPE by COPE’s founder, Harry Rankin –
under whom Tim completed his articles before becoming a lawyer. Harry
set the tone and direction of Tim’s political commitment. As an elected
City Councillor, Tim championed Vancouver ‘s Ethical Purchasing Policy,
Food Policy Council and served as Council’s Finance Committee Chair. In
addition to being an elected official and a practicing lawyer, Tim’s
heavy involvement in community activism includes: founding member BC
Coalition of People with Disabilities, founding member Pacific Transit
Co-op [user-run Handidart], founding member Public Interest Advocacy
Centre [PIAC], 12 years director VanCity, and strong supporter of
progressive Latin American groups in Vancouver .

Tim believes Vancouver ’s voters want a City Hall free from control of
developers, a City Hall that puts the interests of working people, the
unemployed and the underemployed at the top of the agenda.  Tim
believes COPE is the only party offering Vancouver‘s voters a clear
alternative to the NPA.

timlouis2008@gmail.com

www.timlouis.ca

Terry Martin — for COPE City Council

Terry
served on the Vancouver Board of Variance, from 2003- 2006, serving in
his last two years as Chair; the Board oversaw development in the City,
acting as advocates in the public interest. Terry has a diverse
background, including 15 years in the construction industry, and 9
years working in the health care industry managing a mental health
transition facility,. Terry has also owned small businesses, ranging
from a retail outlet, a recreation facility, to a manufacturing and
wholesale business , as well as owning a 1/3 interest in a real estate
investment . Terry has been an active member of COPE since 1988, and
has worked on numerous COPE campaigns. Terry currently serves as
Treasurer on the COPE Executive.

The issues which Terry would address as a City Councillor range from
eradicating homelessness and the vagaries of mental health;
reinvigorating democracy at City Hall by re-establishing the 29
community Boards; expanding the U-Pass system to all post-secondary
students; mandating 20% affordable housing in new developments;
mandating that all new highrise construction meet the LEED Gold
Standard; encouraging small-scale arts venues across the City; and
re-establishing third-party community appeals before the Board of
Variance, allowing citizen input into neighbourhood development.

Terry was born and raised in Vancouver . Terry lives in Kitsilano,
Terry and his wife Deborah , a teacher with the Vancouver school board
are looking forward to their 30th wedding anniversary next year.

terryforcouncil08@yahoo.ca

www.terrymartin08.ca

Ellen Woodsworth — for COPE City Council

Ellen
Woodsworth is a long time community organizer working for social
justice, economic equality and environmentally sound planning. She is
the External Chair of COPE and has led COPE in working with community
activists in fighting for more affordable housing, for worker,
immigrant and refugee rights, against the Gateway Project, against
racism and homophobia, and for strong neighbourhoods. She has spoken up
for the Framework Agreement which calls for progressive organizations
to work together to defeat the NPA by supporting a joint mayor, slate
and common platform. She is committed to making Vancouver a city for
everyone. As well she has been organizing Housing, Climate Change and
Harm Reduction forums, and was the Secretary and Cities Coordinator of
the World Peace Forum Board.

While she was a Vancouver City Councillor from 2002 to 2005 her local and Regional Council Appointments included:

* The Vancouver Director, Union of British Columbia Municipalities and member of the Health Committee
* The Vancouver Director, Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee
* Alternate, Greater Vancouver Regional District
* Director, Hastings Institute Inc. Board
* Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets
* Member, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment
* Member, Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic
* Council representative to the City Seniors Advisory Committee
* Council representative to the City Family court and youth justice committee
* Member, Food Policy Task Force
* Member of the Creative Cities Task Force
* Vice Chair, Peace and Justice Committee
* Co-Chair, Women’s task Force

ellen@cope.bc.ca

www.ellenwoodsworth.com 

Meena Wong — for COPE City Council

Meena
worked as an assistant in the 1990s for Toronto city councillor Olivia
Chow (now NDP MP) and Member of Provincial Parliament Rosario
Marchese.  In helping residents resolve problems at city hall, Meena
gained valuable experience cutting through red tape at all levels of
government.

Meena now works as a Chinese community outreach and media coordinator
with environmental and other non-profit organizations in Vancouver .
She is on the board of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE),
the Civic Education Society, and the Little Pear Garden Collective.
Meena also worked with the Chinese Head Tax Families Society, the
Formosa Organic Blueberry Farm in her effort to protect farmland from
Gateway highway expansion, and the Save Our Rivers Society raising
awareness on rivers giveaway by BC government for private hydro power
development. Meena founded the Chinese Action Committee to foster
social activism within the Chinese Canadian community, and over the
past three years, has been hosting monthly Dim Sum luncheons that bring
together newcomers to Vancouver and local communities.

Meena writes a weekly column for a Chinese language paper, is a public
affairs commentator on local Mandarin and Cantonese TV and radio talk
shows, and will soon be hosting a bi-lingual morning talk show on a
local community radio station. Having lived in Beijing , Hong Kong and
Canada , Meena is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She has
diverse experience in community outreach, media relations, education,
arts, business, and IT sectors.

Her favourite quote is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,
it is the only thing that ever has.”

meena@cope.bc.ca

www.meenawong.ca

 

COPE Park Board

John Irwin, Ph.D. — for COPE Park Board

Since
joining COPE in the mid-1990s (my arrival in Vancouver), I’ve actively
and consistently fought for social and ecological justice in our city
(as coordinator of the Southeast False Creek Working Group). From 1997
to late 2007, I sat on the City of Vancouver’s advisory group for the
sustainable neighbourhood planning process in Southeast False Creek.

Currently, as a board member of the Society Promoting Environmental
Conservation (2002 on), I am the co-chair of SPEC’s energy committee. I
was a founding member of the board for the West End Resident’s
Association from 2002 until 2004.

I’m a PhD specializing in sustainable urban development and a
university instructor (in geography and environmental studies at SFU)
and I’ve also engaged in policy analysis for the Tenants Rights Action
Coalition and the CCPA.

Justin Muir — for COPE Park Board

Justin
Muir is a Vancouver based artist, curator and arts administrator. He
graduated with honors in visual arts from the University of Victoria in
2004. He worked as the executive director of the Langley Arts Council
from 2005-07. He currently works as the business manager for the
Federation of Canadian Artists on Granville Island in Vancouver. He is
also the president of the Helen Pitt Gallery, and is a
director-at-large for the Assembly of BC Arts Councils. In 2006, he
initiated and witnessed the founding of Balcone, whose mandate is to
support and promote a rotating selection of emerging Canadian artists
through exhibitions of their work in a variety of spaces.

He is primarily interested in contemporary art’s precarious potential
to both impel and expel social engagement, collaboration, and
intervention between culturally diverse peoples. His career objective
is to contribute to the enhancement of Canada’s cultural capital by
introducing innovative new programs to nonprofit arts organizations and
government offices. Through merging divergent artistic institutions and
ideologies, he continues to explore new territory for the understanding
and function of art within Canada’s complex society. justin@balcone.org

Anita Romaniuk — for COPE Park Board

Anita
Romaniuk is a long-time member of COPE’s Parks Committee and the
Douglas Park Community Association.  She was elected as a COPE Parks
Commissioner in 2002.  She chaired the Park Board in 2004, as well as
chairing the Finance Committee and sitting on the Library Board and
Vancouver City Planning Commission from 2003 to 2005.  She is proud of
COPE’s record of community outreach, kick-starting ethical purchasing
and environmental sustainability initiatives, increasing support for
the Arts, obtaining approval for new rinks at Killarney and Trout Lake
and a LEEDs Gold community centre at Sunset, negotiating an agreement
with the School Board for new Artificial Turf fields at Point Grey and
Vancouver Technical Secondary Schools, and extending the term of the
lease at Strathcona Community Gardens.   In 2006, she joined the Mt
Pleasant Pool Committee to hold the Park Board accountable to the COPE
motion to retain Vancouver’s only remaining inner-city outdoor pool,
and has also connected with the Save Our Parkland Society on various
issues.  She hopes to be re-elected to Park Board so she can advocate
for increased parks and recreation amenities in neighbourhoods that are
historically park-deficient or densifying, and reverse the NPA’s
failure to act on additional ethical purchasing initiatives and
carbon-neutrality, and lack of meaningful public consultation on issues
such as Mt Pleasant Pool, the referendum on keeping whales and dolphins
in Stanley Park, and the felled trees in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Anita is married to Ray, and has a M.Sc. (Chemistry) and a Masters of
Business Administration, and works as a systems analyst for a wholesale
distributor.

aromaniuk@ca.inter.net
Loretta Woodcock — for COPE Park Board (incumbent)

Serving
on park board since 2002, Loretta was an early environmentalist whose
passion around natural habitat took her hiking to the remotest areas of
the world over the past 29years. Loretta believes that listening
carefully to the diversity of views from the public is important in
making decisions around how city parks and facilities are used. She has
championed public affordability and accessibility of services, with
particular interest to seniors and youth. As a long time resident of
the Dunbar community, and in advocating for improving public amenities
across the city, Loretta has developed a city wide perspective in
balancing the needs of all neighbourhoods. In taking an active role on
the finance committee since 2002, Loretta has keen insights into
finding and making the fairest use of taxpayer dollars. She believes
increasing and enhancing recreational opportunities for residents will
result in a more active and healthier urban population.

 

School Board

Al Blakey — for COPE School Board (incumbent)

Allen
was first elected to the Vancouver School Board in the fall of 1999,
and was re-elected in 2002. He began a teaching career in Cranbrook and
Prince George, before moving to Vancouver in 1959 to teach in
Southlands, Carleton, Lord, Nootka, Nightingale and Simon Fraser
elementary schools. After 35 years as a classroom teacher, Allen
retired in 1992. He has a son, who is now in his 30s.

Allen is also a past president of the BC Teachers Federation and the
Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association and is an Honorary
Life member of each and a recipient of the Fergusson Award – the BCTF’s
most prestigious award. He is also a past chair of Co-Development
Canada, a non-governmental organization working with developing
nations.

 

 

Bill Bargeman for COPE School Board

Bill Bargeman is former president of the Vancouver Secondary Teacher’s
Association.  Even after leaving the classroom, Bill has never lost his
passion for an education system that truly engages students. He has
worked hard to build a quality public education that meets the needs of
all students. Bill has lived in Vancouver since 1969 and been active in
COPE since its formation. A man with a strong belief in community, Bill
and his wife Nan Hawkins have lived within four blocks of Commercial
Drive for 28 years. They are both active urban cyclists and members of
the East Van Food Co-op and CCEC Credit Union. Their daughter, Sarah,
has just completed her degree in library sciences.
Bill began teaching in ´77, taught at Tupper and Gladstone for 24
years and then spent 3 years as Vice President and 3 years as President
of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association.  Bill was Co-Chair of
Bargaining Team that successfully negotiated the first changes to a
local collective agreement with VSB in over 10 years. Now retired, Bill
looks forward to being a COPE member on a progressive school board that
can build upon the amazing achievements of the last COPE board.

Jane Bouey — for COPE School Board

Jane
became active in education issues after her son was assessed as having
a development disability. She recognized there were barriers that
prevented many students from getting the support they need and began to
advocate for change in the public school system.

A co-manager at an independent bookstore, Jane was elected as trustee
on the Vancouver School Board in 2002-2005. She is proud to have been
part of a COPE school board that stopped provincial funding cuts to
inner city schools, passed comprehensive policy addressing corporate
involvement in schools and advocated so effectively for all Vancouver
children. Jane played a key role in the formation and implementation of
the VSB’s groundbreaking LGBTQ policy. She served as Chair of the
Board’s Education and Student Services Committee and sat on both the
Special Education and Pride Education Advisory Committees. Jane also
represented the Vancouver School Board on the provincial BC Trustees’
Association First Nations Education Committee and the City of
Vancouver’s Joint Council of Childcare.

Jane is a member of: Vancouver Parents for Successful Inclusion, the
Vancouver Public Education Project, the VSB Pride Committee, the Egale
national education committee, organizes local literary events, and just
finished a term on the board of her housing co-op.

Noel Herron — for COPE School Board

Former VSB school trustee, Chaired the board’s Committee IV, Personnel
and Staff Services committee. Also served as a member of the VSB
Education and Student Services committee, the board’s Planning and
Facilities Committee, and the VSB Advocacy Committee. Chair of the
former No Cuts to Kids Coalition for two years. He was the Liaison
Trustee to 14 VSB elementary and secondary schools and one adult
education center

Noel has broadly based experience in education. He is a former
elementary and secondary school teacher. A former elementary school
principal and an assistant regional director of education. He holds a
BA and B ED from University College, Dublin and an M ED from the
University of Montreal and a graduate of the masters degree program in
teaching from St.Michael’s College, Vermont.

He served on two BC Ministry of Education advisory committees-ESL and
Special Education. As a parent he served as chair of a local parent
advisory committee (PAC).Member of the Lower Mainland ESL Consortium
which represents six school boards. Co- chaired the COPE Education
Committee with Trustee Jane Bouey for four years.

Author of several articles on current education issues: i.e. early
childhood article in TEACHER newsmagazine, fall, 2008. He is an
advocate for disadvantaged students and is the author of a history of
inner city schools in Vancouver entitled:” Every Kid Counts”. A member
of the Vancouver Inner City Education Society. He also served for five
years on the board of directors of Kidsafe Project Society. He is
currently on an advisory committee to Kidsafe Society. Noel is a strong
believer in a quality, inclusive, public education system.

 

Imtiaz Popat — for COPE School Board

Imtiaz
Popat is seeking the COPE nomination for Vancouver School Board. He is
a long time community activist for equality rights as well as social
justice issues. He is currently finishing his Counseling Skills
Certificate at Vancouver Community College.

As a Radio host on CO-OP Radio, and a writer with a variety of
community publications, he has covered and raised awareness on variety
of local and global issues. As filmmaker he has made documentaries and
shorts about different issues facing minority communities. He is
currently producing a documentary about the Japanese Canadian
internment during World War II.

He was elected President of the King Edward Campus Student Society at
Vancouver Community College and has served on boards of a variety of
community organizations. He currently works at Gallery Gachet as the
Volunteer Coordinator.

imtiaz.popat@yahoo.ca

 

Allan Wong — for COPE School Board (incumbent)
Raised in Port Alberni, BC, Allan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree
in Asian Area Studies and his Education Diploma in the Multicultural
Teacher’s Education Program from the University of British Columbia.
Allan spent five years as a Teacher-on-Call for the Richmond and
Vancouver School districts in the 1980’s. (He taught at every
elementary school in Vancouver) Allan has been an employee of Telus
(Mobility) for the past 15 years. Allan is married with 4 children.

Allan was Vice Chair of the COPE school board that worked with the
community to defeat cuts to inner city programs, won increased funding
for education and secured a provincial promise to seismically upgrade
school in BC within 15 years. This level of advocacy has been sadly
lacking from the current NPA board, and seismic upgrading has ground to
a halt.

Allan has also played a key role in promoting anti-racism and
anti-homphobia education in Vancouver schools. Allan is a bright,
articulate and passionate trustee who puts the needs of our all our
children first.

 

Members Ratify Agreement; Upcoming COPE Nominating Conference; Trout Lake Centre; Suzuki to honour Lehan; Candidate Bios