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SPRING UPDATE 2015

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear NPA Members and Friends:

Last year’s cliffhanger election established a new chapter in civic politics in Vancouver. With your help, we elected three NPA Councillors, four NPA School Board Trustees and a new NPA majority Park Board. We are humbled by the increased support and we will continue to work hard to engage Vancouver citizens by presenting a balanced and pragmatic approach to civic governance.

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Our thanks and appreciation to our donors for making the ongoing activities and effectiveness of the NPA possible. With your continued support, we can strengthen relationships and build an even more effective organization; in the present and leading up to the next municipal election.

- B.C. Lee, NPA President

CAUCUS UPDATE – Engaging with Communities and Citizens; Putting Election Promises into Practice

The past several months have seen our eleven-member NPA Caucus actively connecting with Vancouver’s communities and citizens and putting NPA election promises into practice. There has been a shift in the power balance in our city as our Caucus works to restore trust in civic government. Below are some recent Caucus highlights and accomplishments:

PARK BOARD – New Priorities and a More Respectful, Collaborative Tone

The NPA majority on the Park Board, Commissioners John Coupar (Chair), Casey Crawford, Sarah Kirby-Yung (Vice Chair) and Erin Shum, has successfully fostered a more respectful, collaborative working tone at the Park Board. The Board’s priorities have also shifted under the leadership of the NPA majority; notably to the proper maintenance of our city’s parks and boulevards and rebuilding the Board’s relationship with the Community Centre Associations.

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SCHOOL BOARD – Improving Relationships and Getting the VSB Back on Track

Under the guidance of Chair Christopher Richardson, our NPA School Trustees, Fraser Ballantyne, Penny Noble, and Stacy Robertson are endeavoring to establish a new tone at the Vancouver School Board; one that strives to be civil, constructive and collaborative. In particular, our NPA School Trustees have been working to improve the VSB’s relationship with the Ministry and Minister of Education; a relationship that was strained under the previous board.

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COUNCIL – A Strong Voice for Responsible, Accountable Government

Our NPA City Councillors, George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball, and Melissa De Genova, continue to be a strong voice for responsible, accountable government. Over the past few months, they have successfully brought forward several motions in the public interest.

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In the coming days, our Caucus members will be reaching out to you, our members and supporters, to keep you up to date on their activities.

If you would like to support their continued work, click here to donate today. 

NPA BOARD UPDATE – A Renewed Strength and Commitment

The 2014 civic election spurred the NPA to make an even stronger commitment to being a full-time presence as a political party between elections. To that end, the NPA Board has established several working committees focused on fundraising, outreach, policy development and communications with the aim to strengthen our relationships in the city and build an even more effective organization.

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NPA WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Congratulations to our new NPA President, former NPA City Councillor, BC Lee, and to our Vice President, Erin Chutter. Congratulations, as well, to Tanveer Siddiqui who will continue as the NPA Secretary and to NPA Treasurer Jason King. The appointment of a new NPA Executive follows our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Italian Cultural Centre on February 26, 2015. We would like to congratulate all of our newly-elected Directors: Gregory Baker, Johnny Cheung, Erin Chutter, Carling Dick, Jay Jagpal, Jason King, Kirk LaPointe, BC Lee, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Suzanne Scott, Tanveer Siddiqui with Laura Campbell elected as Under40 Chair and Paul Tolnai as Under40 Vice Chair. They are joined by Board appointees Mark Angus, Cameron Mackenzie, and Terry Yung.

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We welcome your involvement. Please contact us at info@npavancouver.ca if you would like to get involved, and please click here if you’re able to donate financially.

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Vancouver NPA Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

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Vancouver, B.C., March 10, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) have named BC Lee as the party’s new President. Erin Chutter will serve as Vice President alongside Tanveer Siddiqui as Secretary and Jason King as Treasurer.

At the NPA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 26, 2015, Gregory Baker, Johnny Cheung, Erin Chutter, Carling Dick, Jay Jagpal, Jason King, Kirk LaPointe, BC Lee, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Suzanne Scott and Tanveer Siddiqui were elected as NPA directors. Laura Campbell was also elected as U40 Chair and Paul Tolnai as U40 Vice Chair.

Outgoing NPA President Peter Armstrong, who has served as NPA President for the past 3 years, will continue to serve on the NPA Board as Past-President alongside fellow Directors Susan Gagnon and Rob Boyko.

The renewed NPA Board looks forward to continuing to work with and support the eleven member NPA Caucus on Council, Park Board and School Board to ensure that Vancouver becomes a more vibrant and liveable city.

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on Thursday,

Vancouver NPA holds AGM at Italian Cultural Centre to elect new directors

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Vancouver, B.C., February 26, 2015 – The 2,000 member Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) held its 2014/15 Annual General Meeting (AGM) last night at the Italian Cultural Centre to elect new directors to the party’s board.

In accordance with the NPA Constitution and By-Laws, the following directors were elected: Gregory Baker, Johnny Cheung, Erin Chutter, Carling Dick, Jay Jagpal, Jason King, Kirk LaPointe, BC Lee, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Suzanne Scott and Tanveer Siddiqui. Laura Campbell was elected U40 Chair and Paul Tolnai as U40 Vice Chair.

Outgoing NPA President Peter Armstrong, who has served for the past 3 years, will continue as Past-President alongside fellow Directors Susan Gagnon and Rob Boyko.

In addressing the membership, Armstrong highlighted the party’s many gains over the past three years, including the election of 11 candidates to Council, Park Board and School Board, and thanked the assembled members for their ongoing support. Thanks were also expressed to outgoing Directors Katerina Anastasiadis (U40 Chair), Gurjit Dhillon, Nicola Fairweather, Peter Kvarnstrom and Tim Laidler.

NPA Executive Director Natasha Westover updated members on upcoming plans for the NPA and thanked Armstrong for his passion and commitment to the NPA, the city and the citizens of Vancouver.

NPA Treasurer Jason King presented a financial report noting that the NPA ran a fiscally prudent campaign. He also confirmed that a small surplus was generated during the past year which will used for outreach and other engagement activities.

The NPA membership also voted unanimously in favour of a number of minor updates to the NPA By-Laws to bring the By-Laws into alignment with current practice, including officially clarifying that the NPA is a party.

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NPA’s Melissa De Genova shocked and saddened that Vancouver City Council is in no hurry to complete Seniors Centre

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Motion to expedite completion of the long-awaited Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre – and see shovels in the ground – ruled out of order by Mayor and Vision majority on Council.

Vancouver, B.C. (February 17, 2015) – NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova says she is shocked and saddened that her motion to expedite the long-awaited Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre project – and see shovels in the ground – has been ruled out of order by the Mayor and Vision majority on Council. De Genova’s motion called on City Council to request that the Park Board take the lead on the project and oversee its development, including taking the lead on all consultations and meetings with the public and key stakeholders. Continue reading