REBECCA BLIGH City Councillor
Rebecca started her adult life as a young, single mom and it is here she found her voice in the face of adversity. At the age of 20, Rebecca took a job offer with a small security business in Kerrisdale. Not only did Rebecca learn how to maximize her daughter’s nap time, she learned what it really means to be committed and follow through. Rebecca’s early years as a single mom raising a family in Vancouver gave her grit, built resilience and drive.
Professionally, Rebecca facilitates programs centered around communication and leadership development. Rebecca is a passionate supporter of families, education and the environment. Over the past five years she has spent time in Africa working on sustainable leadership programs by partnering with NGOs in the education and ecological conservation sectors. Rebecca is a champion/founder of a local fundraiser www.Swingit24.com. The event has brought together more than 200 participants and volunteers in the past three years. With the support of local businesses and sponsors, SwingIt24 has raised over $40,000 to fund leadership training in both education and conservation foundations in Mozambique and Ethiopia.
Locally, Rebecca is an activator and leader in her community. As an example, she mobilizes a large team of women each year to create one of the most successful chapters of the Shoebox Project, a non profit that delivers shoeboxes filled with small gifts and toiletries to homeless women. Ongoing, Rebecca volunteers in the kitchen and provides pro-bono coaching and executive development for the Dr. Peter Centre and Dr. Peter Aids Foundation.
If it weren’t for a local small business taking a chance on Rebecca, the future could have been quite different. Now, with an adult daughter and teenage son, it’s time for Rebecca to give back and build solutions with Ken Sim and the NPA team that give everyone an opportunity to rise.
Rebecca loves living in East Vancouver with her wife Laura, teenagers and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Kingsley.