on Monday,

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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on Tuesday,

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

on Tuesday,

NPA Park Board Commissioners follow through on election promises: Motions brought forward to improve community engagement and take better care of Vancouver parks

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Vancouver, B.C., February 17, 2015 – Two important motions brought forward by NPA Park Board Commissioners to improve community engagement and take better care of Vancouver parks passed unanimously at last night’s Park Board meeting.

First, a motion by NPA Park Board Commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung will take Park Board meetings or open house sessions to different neighbourhoods across the city a minimum of twice per year, or up to once per calendar quarter. Kirby-Yung’s motion directs Park Board staff to report back to the Board by April 2015 with a cost-effective plan, including proposed dates and locations.

Kirby-Yung says taking meetings into the community is about improving and building community engagement. Open houses, for example, are a way to create greater public participation around emerging topics and issues at earlier stages before formal consultations take place. Going into neighbourhoods helps connect with the pulse of those communities and strengthens relationships. Plans are also well underway to commence live streaming of Park Board meetings to further the goal of creating greater public access to the Park Board.

The Park Board also voted unanimously in support of a motion by the NPA’s John Coupar that seeks to improve the care and appearance of the Vancouver’s parks and gardens in time for the 2015 spring and summer season. Coupar’s motion directs staff to develop a plan to identify needs and set temporary staffing levels and to report back to the Board by March 23, 2015.

Coupar says park maintenance in Vancouver has suffered as a result of shifting priorities and ever increasing demands on a declining percentage of the City of Vancouver’s operating budget, which was 7 percent fifteen years ago and has been reduced to 4.9 percent currently.

The full text of the motions noted above are available on the Park Board website (click here).

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