NPA Park Board Platform
An NPA Park Board will:
1- Work with Council to return funds from the 2018 capital plan to the Park Board for a Community Centre & Facility rebuild program.
2 – Support & build outdoor pools.
3 – Fastrack the special event application process.
4 – Save the Seawall (protect areas of the Seawall from storms and climate change).
5 – Establish a history, name & sign committee to create (English & indigenous) names for Park Board facilities.
6 – Lease underused schools from School Board to convert into daycare facilities and community programming centres.
7 – Create and implement an ongoing hiring process for open & skilled positions.
8 – Re-open the English Bay entrance to Stanley Park to ensure smooth traffic flow throughout the Park.
9 – Return Stanley Park to its previous biking configuration while adding a separated bike lane up the hill towards the causeway overpass.
Meet the NPA Park Board team:
Dave Pasin recognizes the need for safe green spaces that allow people to thrive. In business, Dave strove to develop more environmentally friendly products. The founder of many environmentally friendly businesses, Dave understands how to solve problems in a way that benefits the environment. He is very active in his community, participating in various amateur sports and is involved in many community and service organizations such as Lions International and serving as current President of Hillcrest Community Centre in Vancouver.
Jason Upton has lived and worked in the City of Vancouver his entire life. In 2010, when the City wanted to close the Bloedel Conservatory due to the repairs needed, Jason decided to enter the election for Park Board Commissioner and was happy to see the public and other Commissioners ensure it did not close. He believes that Vancouver’s facilities are precious assets and should be looked after.
Olga is running for Parks Board for the second time. She previously served as the Community Outreach Director at Hillcrest Community Centre and was heavily involved in the life of the neighbourhood. Now that she is planning to raise her family in Vancouver, she recognizes some key issues in Vancouver that might concern people either with small children or of the younger generation. Given her previous experience of working with community centres, she believes that there should be better communication and more support coming from the City (mainly Parks Board) to the facilities that have been used by families for generations and that there should be more community outreach.
A former international professional soccer player, current mother, soccer coach, social justice advocate and National program mentor. Dehara was raised with the understanding of the importance of family, education, sports, music, culture and activism. She is the founder and operator of Venus FC Canada, formerly known as She Plays Soccer Academy based in Vancouver. She is the Secretary of Anti-Racism Coalition Vancouver and sits on the Diversity in Coaching committee for ViaSport BC.