AREZO ZARRABIAN

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AREZO ZARRABIAN

Councillor Candidate

Arezo Zarrabian is running for City Council with the NPA. She has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to supporting those within her community and is passionate about making Vancouver safer for all.

Arezo was born in North America and grew up in an Iranian-immigrant family that worked hard to provide and establish themselves. Growing up in the Lower Mainland, her family experiences taught her to be proud of every achievement and to cherish safety within the community.

Her upbringing inspired her outlook, Arezo believes in hard work and that every human being has a duty to give back to their community in one form or another.

For more than 13 years, Arezo has worked in some of Vancouver’s largest districts as a leading Crime Analyst with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). During this time, she has shown a strong ability to understand the safety issues affecting her community. The exposure provided her insight into crime data analytics, revealing crime patterns that required development of data-driven solutions. In one of her roles, Arezo was the sole analyst responsible for assessing all major violent crime incidents – including serious robberies and assaults – in the City of Vancouver.

For her efforts, she has received three Chief Commendations from the VPD; Arezo is one of few civilians earning this recognition.

Arezo believes in the importance and growth of Vancouver’s business community. She has collaborated with several Business Improvement Associations (BIA) and is a strong advocate for small business owners. She has engaged Vancouver business owners who have expressed their frustration with rising vandalism, assaults, and violent shoplifting.

Prior to working at the VPD, Arezo studied Criminology and Political Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), leading her to discover a passion for community-building. During the course of her studies, she was fortunate to have an internship in Washington DC working for the congressional committee on Homeland Security. This served as an invaluable experience as Arezo learned the ins/outs of government policy.

Arezo believes that the City of Vancouver has lost its focus and is actively ignoring the core services and issues critical to Vancouver residents. She is running for City Council to fight for residents by making their voices heard. Her platform of improving safety, strengthening core services, and driving affordability in the city are amongst her top agenda items.

Outside of work, Arezo is a busy mom to an energetic 3-year old daughter. She loves going for hikes when time allots, along with her husband (who is also a busy entrepreneur and small business owner). She is an avid volunteer for organizations within the Hellenic Community and loves to try new recipes to cook for family and friends.