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In October 2022, District residents will vote for and elect a mayor, six councillors, and four school trustees in the 2022 General Local Election.

Information provided for each candidate includes their nomination documents (required), a 250-word statement written by the candidate (if provided), and their key contact information.

Nomination documents and additional candidate profile information will be posted on this page as they are received.

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Candidates for Mayor 

LITTLE, Mike  

4040 Mt. Seymour Parkway, District of North Vancouver

Re-Elect Mayor Mike Little!  Mike was elected Mayor in 2018 and also served as an elected Councillor from 2005 – 2014.  Mayor Mike guided our community through the pandemic achieving the highest adult vaccination rate in the country following the initial early arrival of the Covid virus to our community. His voting record shows that he supports modest, thoughtful growth that serves our community and provides local opportunities to meet our changing needs.

Mike has served on the Translink’s Finance Committee and Mayor’s Council securing a regional commitment to bring Rapid Transit to our community.  The Mayor’s 10 year vision includes significant increases to bus service, including Rapid Bus to Lynn Valley, and Bus Rapid Transit to the R2/239 route.  It also incudes the commitment for the design and business case for a Metrotown to Park Royal Skytrain/Light Rail connection.

“We haven’t had a lane increase to the North Shore since 1968, and our population has more than doubled since then.  We need to invest in transportation infrastructure before committing to significant growth.” -- Mike

Mike and his wife KellyAnne are raising their four children in the Parkgate neighborhood and continue to be very active in their own community.

“Thank You for your support over the last 13 years of elected office in this wonderful community. Today, I am asking for your support for another four years in office.” – Mike

Please consider making a donation to the “Mike Little Campaign”

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BOND, Mathew

1009-680 Seylynn Crescent, District of North Vancouver

In 2014 I was inspired to run for office to bring a young, professional voice to Council – combining my transportation and sustainability expertise as a Professional Engineer, with my experience as a young person who struggled to find suitable housing in the District.

Eight years later, as I look at my two young daughters and think of their peers, the challenges they’ll face have deepened and I worry about the future they’re inheriting. The climate emergency is accelerating. The housing crisis has worsened. Transportation systems are stuck in the past.

The status quo is not working.

After two terms on Council, I’ve decided to run for Mayor because it’s clear that we lack the leadership, vision, and political will to do what’s necessary and implement proven 21st century solutions that will make our community healthier, more socially-connected, happier, quieter, more sustainable, equitable, and resilient.

Through bold inclusive leadership we’re coming together to make a District where people both young and old have more opportunities to stay, where we build stronger relationships with Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, and where we commit to the world’s best practices for transportation and housing. We envision a future where small businesses thrive and families are supported.

To learn more about me, and to join a movement for positive change, please visit:

Municipal Leadership:

- Metro Vancouver Housing Committee

- Finance and Audit Committee

- Heritage Advisory Committee

- Major Infrastructure Projects Advisory Committee

- Mayor’s Alternate to the TransLink Mayors Council

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Candidates for Councillor 

WELWOOD, Clayton 

District of North Vancouver

I grew up in North Vancouver, and have lived in the Lynnmour neighbourhood with my wife and children for the past 9 years. I attended Trent University (BA, International Development) and Capilano University (Certificate, Business Admin), and work in the construction industry as a project manager.

I recently served as Treasurer for the PAC at Lynnmour Elementary, and have served in various volunteer organizations over the years.

I’m running for Council because I see an opportunity for greater civic engagement at the neighbourhood level. The District has grown to a size where it no longer makes sense to have all decisions made at the level of Council and District administration. There are decisions to be made about the development, character, and amenities of particular neighbourhoods, and it's best to have the people who live in those neighbourhoods make those decisions. Does the local playground need an upgrade? Are traffic calming measures on our streets effective? Is a community garden a good idea? How about a dog park?

In my campaign, I would like to gauge the appetite for addressing these questions at the neighbourhood level. If citizens want greater involvement in municipal decisions, then we should go beyond simply offering opportunities for input. What mechanisms could facilitate neighbourhood empowerment, without adding a fourth level of government? What structures could foster more authentic community engagement? What processes could allow citizens to define visions for their neighbourhoods? I look forward to hearing my neighbours' ideas.

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1975 Indian River Crescent, District of North Vancouver

I moved to the District in 1988 where my wife and I raised our family.

Beginning my career in the Information Technology business, I worked to implement systems for Automotive Dealerships. After travelling for 10+ years I went to work for one of my favourite clients in Metro 10+ Vancouver, where I filled a variety of roles in middle and senior management.

I have been active in the community with volunteer roles as Vice-Chair of the Seymour Community Association, Vice-President of NVCAN (North Vancouver Community Association Network) and very much enjoyed cooking for the senior’s lunch program at Parkgate Community Centre.

Being fully engaged with the business of the District Council since 2017 – I have attended nearly every workshop and meeting, reading agenda packages, and making recommendations to Council. I have advocated passionately for residents – especially vulnerable rental residents who are being marginalized by the hyper-active development boom that has besieged them.

I have consistently advocated for improvements to our transportation networks and my #1 issue is to start the process for a necessary replacement to the aging Ironworker’s Bridge.

DNV Finances have been a major focus of mine – working to increase transparency and accountability and to counter the influences that seek to constantly raise taxes and rents on residents.

It cannot be said that I am a “one-issue” candidate – I have worked on a wide array of topics, engaging with Staff, Council Members and Stakeholders, always seeking to find solutions that are common-sense, practical, and fair.

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2125 Hill Drive, District of North Vancouver
604-929-9648, 604-505-3500

Born in Lions Gate Hospital in 1961, Jim attended Windsor Secondary School and SFU before earning his Law Degree at UBC. After Law School, Jim completed a graduate law degree at the University of Oxford.

Jim was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1985, has worked as a lawyer representing individuals against corporations and governments. He founded Hanson & Co in North Vancouver.

Jim ran as the BCNDP candidate in North Vancouver Seymour in 2013. In 2014, he was elected to the North Vancouver District Council and reelected in 2018.

He ran for the Federal NDP in the BurnabyNorth-Seymour riding in 2021.

While on District Council, Jim has served for 8 years on Metro Vancouver’s Indigenous Relations Committee. He is the Chair of the North Shore Standing Committee on Substance Abuse and sits as Council Representative on the North Shore Policing Committee. In the past, Jim served on the NV Library Board, North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Jim lives in Blueridge with his spouse of over 26 years, Ruth Hanson.

Together they have two adult children.

Jim enjoys skiing, boating, and hiking. He’s often seen on the North Shore trails with family and friends.

Jim is committed to focusing on:

  • Smart housing
  • Climate change
  • Gentle densification
  • Childcare
  • Active transportation
  • Rapid transit
  • Indigenous issues
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Protecting greenspace
  • Financial management of taxpayer funds
  • Respect for local neighborhoods

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BACK, Jordan

982 Hendecourt Road, District of North Vancouver
604-313-8192, 604-987-4033

Jordan Back

Jordan was first elected to DNV Council in 2018. A lifelong resident of the District of North Vancouver, he lives in the Lynn Valley area with his wife Signy and their two young children. Outside of Council, he has a successful career in advertising, working with a wide variety of businesses and organizations on their marketing campaigns.

Throughout his term on Council, Back has been a supporter of the Official Community Plan and has advocated for the diversity of housing and transportation improvements that are necessary to allow new residents to call the community home, become less reliant on private automobiles, and also bring the vision of vibrant town centres to life. Some of Back’s own motions that he has brought forward during the current Council term include the safe consumption of alcohol in parks, a food trucks pilot program, updated snow removal practices, as well as a motion to involve more youth and younger adults in local government decision making.

Should he be re-elected, Back will be focused on ensuring we continue to be an inclusive community that works for young families and the fast growing demographic of those over the age of 65 who will have different housing needs and require more services in order to stay living in the community. Ensuring that we are a municipality that supports small businesses is also a priority for Back, as is decision making through the lens of a changing climate and the need to reduce carbon emissions.

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MAH, Herman

1252 West 21st Street, District of North Vancouver

Herman is engaged in community and has experience working with local government. For 19 years, he has been Vice-President and Treasurer of Pemberton Heights Community Association. He has organized annual local events that bring together members of the community. His most memorable achievement was working collaboratively to convince Council in 2015 to purchase the former Capilano United Church to preserve space for childcare and use as a community gym.

Herman has a strong understanding of complex civic issues. He has served on Board of Downtown Vancouver Association for 15 years. He knows the needs of the District through his experience as Vice-Chair of North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission and member of Community Services Advisory Committee. Herman brings a diverse perspective to Council and has a deep understanding of housing issues having worked at BC HOUSING for over 5-1/2 years.

Herman has lived in the District for over 20 years with his wife and daughter. He pledges to represent concerns of all District residents, including those who live west of Lynn Valley and are currently under-represented at the Council table.

Herman wants to keep the District a great place to live and work by focusing on:

  1. Mobility: advocating for rapid transit system
  2. Housing: focusing development of affordable and senior housing in town and village centres
  3. Local Economy

Herman’s approach is to deal with the three key issues while addressing climate change, engaging in respectful reconciliation and being fiscally accountable. Ultimately, it’s about building community.

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BELL, Trey

801-680 Seylynn Crescent, District of North Vancouver

I have lived in North Vancouver most of my life, save four years at Acadia University studying political science and international relations. For over 20 years my career has been dedicated to working with families, children, and youth.  I currently work as Director of School Age Care Programs for Bee Haven, a large North Vancouver childcare provider. I also serve as Vice President of the non-profit Parkgate Society.

I have deep respect for our community’s educators, social workers, and caregivers. I will advocate for the rights of families to get childcare, and for seniors to have free or low-cost programs by strongly supporting more community organizations, like the Parkgate Society.

The North Shore is valued for its natural environment, and I am committed to protecting it by preserving natural forests and green spaces, through expanding and improving the parks system. As a child I learned how much people care while witnessing a grassroots movement, spearheaded by my father Kevin Bell save Maplewood Flats from development.

With strong, unbiased leadership, we can have moderate development without sacrificing our greatest asset – the environment that makes North Vancouver such a unique place. With more affordable rental units, diverse housing mixes and programs such as rent to own those who work in the district can afford to enter the housing market. Opportunities exist to make this a reality, like the federal government’s two-billion-dollar initiative to develop more rent to own units and utilizing the town and village centres identified in the district’s OCP.

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POPE, Catherine

City of North Vancouver

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I am a working mother who has lived most of my life on the North Shore. A former investigative journalist at Global TV, I’m a communications consultant who contracts with governments, environmental organizations, First Nations and recently the BC Human Rights Commissioner.

I am a 15-year volunteer and advocate for vulnerable children and youth. I’m on the board of the Disability Foundation, served on the Braemar School PAC, volunteered for the North Van homeless count in 2020 and donate strategic communications expertise to charities. An avid pickleball player, I'm also a soccer mom and passionate about the great outdoors.

I am grateful to live on the unceded territories of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and choose to raise my family here because of nature, the people and community spirit. I bring extensive experience in communications, collaborative problem solving, advocacy and government relations - and I believe this would provide value to you as your councillor at NV District.

My vision is for a thriving community where my daughter and other generations will be able to live. I commit to finding solutions to:

  • Housing
    • An aging population requires diverse housing options, safe care and active living supports
    • Affordable, diverse housing for families, young people and commuters.
  • Staffing shortages
  • Traffic congestion

I commit to working collaboratively with First Nations communities and all levels of government to ensure North Van District is an inclusive, progressive and thriving community.

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MALLIN, Ellison

1394 East 24th Street, District of North Vancouver
778-956-7487 or 604-987-7487

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Ellison, or Eli, Mallin, is an independent council candidate in this 2022 election. Ellison has lived as a settler on the unceded territories of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh People his whole life. Born in Lions Gate Hospital and raised in Lynn Valley, he went to Eastview Elementary School and then Sutherland Secondary. Ellison wants to see a North Vancouver where everyone can belong in, and wants to create a safe, resilient, and complete community here. Ellison's platform priorities include a focused approach to creating more affordable housing, and stronger transportation solutions. His full platform can be found on his website at

Ellison is actively involved in his community, as is his family. His parents, Phil and Dhana Mallin, owned a successful local restaurant, the Candlestick Café, and his brothers, Lorne and Adam, are also both active in North Vancouver. Ellison has been coaching hockey since he was 18 years old in the North Shore Inline Hockey League. He is a former member of the District of North Vancouver's Rental Social and Affordable Housing Task Force, and is currently the chair of the District Community Services Advisory Committee, having sat on the committee for the last 3 years. These deep roots, and experience, helped him land his current full-time position supporting North Vancouver Seymour MLA Susie Chant as her constituency assistant.

Ellison graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2018. He has never run for political office before, but has worked or volunteered on over a dozen different campaigns.

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District of North Vancouver

Your Voice for Common $ense

Mine has been a significant “volunteer career” before my appointment to Council in 2018. Involved with community committees, advocating for citizens and neighborhoods and a voice for PAC associations.

A 4th generation North Vancouverite, my sons were raised in Lynn Valley and are proud of their heritage. I am afraid that I will be the last generation of my family that can afford to live here. Among my platform issues, I define “affordable housing” as "attainable housing tied to income".

I support forward looking decisions and as an Accountant I am judicious in applying measurement skills – analyzing situations, active listening and taking a collaborative approach to deliver effective solutions.

I am proud to have served on a number of committees during my term:

  • Finance & Audit Committee
  • Property Tax Parcel Roll
  • Commissioner with North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission (MONOVA)
  • Commissioner with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture -Advisory Oversight Committee.

I will continue my strong focus on:

  • Community voices – I am listening
  • Housing – diverse, “attainable”
  • Transportation – need innovative solutions to the gridlock and safe routes for all forms of transportation
  • Infrastructure – must catch up to our growth and be maintained or replaced
  • Development – expedite our communities needs -Fiscal Sustainability – pursue cost savings, review revenue streams, municipal charges
  • Environmental Sustainability – enforce current regulations, protect our parklands and wildlife, continue to develop, and implement climate change strategies

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MURI, Lisa

1847 Layton Drive, District of North Vancouver

First elected in 1996, I have lived in the District all of my life, raising 3 children.  Climate, affordability, jobs and transportation are issues. I bring over 30 years of experience as a community activist and political representative, and am skilled at finding balance on issues that face the community.  Board Rep Metro Vancouver,   Chair, Regional Culture, member, Parks, Planning, and Performance and Audit, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commissioner, Chair, District’s Advisory Oversight Committee, North Shore Emergency Management.  Protecting  existing affordable housing, light industrial and commercial land base, implementing uses serving town centres and broader community. We are the gateway to the  Sea to Sky and Vancouver Island, needing to manage growth, understanding it’s impact on our transportation system, as bridges are over capacity, and we all need to move, including finding a safe balance to accommodate active transportation. All communities are dealing with speed, congestion and parking  from  volume, we need to increase solutions.   Our environment and natural parkland is a priority, seeing unprecedented numbers, we need to plan and maintain. Advancing policy to mitigate climate change is layered in every decision. Council needs to prioritize communication, and collaboration, decisions should not negatively impact one side or another, when a middle ground is available. We  are all working to create a sustainable, healthy environment to live, work and play in.  I come from a place of trust and integrity, I will work hard, and respectfully ask for your continued support on October 15, 2022.

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901 Hendecourt Road, District of North Vancouver

I have had the pleasure to call North Vancouver home for over 20 years and consider myself fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with my wife Nicole, our two teenage children, and beloved dog Luna.

Once a journalist, now an association executive director, in my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and photography. A lifelong learner, I recently earned my MA in Leadership. My volunteer work includes:

  • Chair of the Lookout Housing and Health Foundation
  • Three advisory committees, Langara College
  • Volunteer Hastings Creek data collector, PSEC
  • Various volunteer work for LVCA, MP Jonathan Wilkinson, and industry associations

As a councillor, I would bring my skills and training in leadership to work collaboratively in a way that moves us forward to better housing options, safer streets, and the protection of our environment. I commit to:

  • Working with council to find innovative ways to update and evolve our land use policies to give all generations an option to call the North Shore a place to live, work, and play in
  • Advocating for safe street design to foster a safe coexistence between cars, bikes, and pedestrians
  • Find innovative ways to accelerate our efforts to reduce the effects and danger of climate change.

We can follow the successes of other municipalities around housing policy and safe streets. We can be a leader in climate action and resilience.

I look forward to working with a new council of bold, courageous leaders for progressive change we can be proud of.

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JOHNSTON, Harrison 

District of North Vancouver

I am a climate organizer and educator running for District of North Vancouver council because I believe we need representatives who are focused on building a community for everyone. I was a lead organizer of the September 2019 Climate Strike, one of the largest protests in Vancouver history, attended by more than 100,000 people. I have worked closely with staff and councillors from municipalities across Metro Vancouver to implement climate action plans.

I ran to represent North Vancouver-Seymour in the last provincial election with the BC Green Party.

I moved to Lynn Valley 19 years ago. I grew up playing street hockey with the other young kids in the neighbourhood, exploring the incredible forests and discovering secret swimming holes in Lynn Creek. I quickly fell in love with this community and I hope to one day raise my own family here.

Most people my age don’t see any future for themselves in the District. The cost of housing is out of reach for most people and there are very few affordable rental options. Every age demographic under 50 years old has been steadily decreasing over the past two decades. The status quo in our community simply is not working.

On council, my top priorities will be:

  • Increasing access to affordable, social and co-op housing to meet the needs of essential workers, young families, students and seniors
  • Improving reliability, efficiency and safety of public and active transportation options

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TOFIGH, Thomas

District of North Vancouver

My experience as a resident, father, business owner, and Immigration Consultant for over ten years in North Vancouver has given me a broad view of what is great in this city while becoming aware of its needs. That, combined with my extensive education in Canadian and International Business, Immigration, and Law, along with working in business sectors in Canada and abroad and as a lawyer abroad, and vast experience helping people enter Canada via visit, work, education, business, entrepreneur, and refugee streams, makes me a well-rounded candidate to join the District of North Vancouver team of Councillors in 2022.

Immigration has led me to better know local, national, and international laws, deal with various government agencies, and most of all, learn about the people with whom I interact. Their stories, and those of the local citizens welcoming them, inspire me to give back to this great community and answer their needs on multiple levels. I envision a hub serving businesses, individuals, and families seeking information and direction towards various support services and me happily offering advice and help.

Serving on a West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation Board of Directors for four years has also inspired me to seek broader ways in which to facilitate positive change. I would begin with actions such as lowering property taxes to alleviate affordable housing issues, increasing the number of EV stations throughout the city to facilitate sustainability, ensuring realistic preparation for climate change, and meeting the needs of my community as they arise.

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Candidates for School Trustee

MANN, Kulvir 

District of North Vancouver

Kulvir Mann is seeking re-election as School Board Trustee of the North Vancouver Board of Education. Currently Board Chair, she has served the NVSD community as Trustee for the past 4 years. Kulvir has been a resident of the North Shore for over twenty years and is a parent to two children currently enrolled in NVSD.

Her many accomplishments achieved as Trustee include demonstrating leadership with the NVSD journey of Truth and Reconciliation, supporting the 2021-2031 Strategic Plan, 5 accessible elementary playgrounds and 3 seismic upgrades (including two secondary school replacements). Having visited all 32 schools, Kulvir has made meaningful connections with administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students. She has established respectful, professional working relationships with NVSD Senior Executives and staff - these are important relationships when making decisions regarding budget, policies and advocating for funds from the Ministry of Education.

Kulvir is dedicated and committed to the success of all students. She believes all students should have a sense of place and belonging regardless of their ability, ethnicity or gender – including access to inclusive and safe learning environments with resources and programs available that allow all students to thrive.

Kulvir has made an incredible impact in the community and has been a very effective advocate for the NVSD as Board Chair and Trustee. A respectful team player who builds positive relationships with organizations, partner groups and host nations. Kulvir hopes you will vote for her again so she can continue to be a champion for all learners!

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TSIAKOS, George 

District of North Vancouver

It has been an honour to serve as a School Trustee for the North Vancouver Board of Education since November 2018, including as Vice-Chair and Board Chair. During my term, I have gained a deep understanding of the North Vancouver School District, Board policies, and school regulations. I am running for re-election to use my experience to effect positive and meaningful change. The NVSD and the Board of Education have an exciting 10-year strategic plan and much to accomplish. I look forward to being a part of this journey and would appreciate your support.

A strong public education system provides the best way for students to reach their full potential. I value the opportunity to serve the community and believe I have the education and professional experience to continue making a positive contribution. I am the Head of the UBC Law Library and an Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. As an administrator, I appreciate the importance of good governance in setting priorities and achieving goals. As an educator, I understand the significant role a strong

K-12 public education plays in student success.

We can be proud of the public education system we have established in North Vancouver and I am dedicated to furthering the progress we have made. I am committed to bringing people together and building strong partnerships to support equitable learning opportunities for all students and to making our education system the best it can be. Please visit my website to learn more.

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MUNRO, Linda

2381 Kilmarnock Crescent, District of North Vancouver 

Schools are hubs of opportunity where children discover their strengths and passions. Because I care deeply about ensuring the best educational experience for every student, I am seeking re-election for School Trustee in North Vancouver School District (NVSD).

My vision:

  • Values of community and belonging: My vision is to see our schools be places where all students feel welcome and know they belong.
  • Support for complex learners: Providing tools to succeed offers students opportunities to develop and celebrate their strengths.
  • Endorsement for Indigenous ways of knowing and Social-Emotional Learning:

These frameworks recognize a whole person approach to education, encouraging a positive K-12 school experience.

As a former student of Montroyal and Handsworth, current parent of children at Argyle and current trustee - I understand our school system.

My experience:

  • NVSD involvement: Experienced school trustee who provided input on NVSD’s 10-year strategic plan and attended school board meetings prior to being a trustee to gain insight and share information.
  • Education leadership: Works in University Relations at Capilano University; served as PAC Chair and supported the school planning committee at Ross Road.

I got to know the strengths and challenges of our school and focused on community building to increase school connections for every family.

  • Community experience: Trustee for North Vancouver District Public Library, President of Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool and recipient of the Good Neighbour Award

As school trustee, I advocate for students and program enhancements to strengthen learning outcomes at all schools.

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3743 Roblin Place, District of North Vancouver

This fall I am seeking my fourth term as your School Trustee on our Board of Education. I believe in our schools and our community more than ever, and I am proud to have been a part of the many initiatives that have improved our school district’s ability to offer excellence in public education.

But I also know there is still much work to be accomplished to ensure we offer the very best education for students while fully supporting teachers and staff.

Advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion has always been a primary focus for me. Even as a child I challenged peers and adults who demonstrated a lack of understanding for those who are different. As your Trustee, I listen to concerns brought forward by students and staff, and am working diligently to create collaborative and innovative solutions that positively address the issues.

When I first ran for Trustee in 2011, I promised to use my voice to speak up for those who weren’t being heard. During my three terms as Trustee I have brought forth 16 motions that have helped move our school district forward to create inclusive vision and policies.

Now I am seeking your further support to allow me to finish the work I started this spring to actively address racism, ableism, and the stigmas surrounding mental health and disability.

Thank you for your vote! I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving our community.

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PETERSEN, Michael Gerald 

640-1979 Marine Drive, District of North Vancouver

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BRANSTON, Jennifer

District of North Vancouver

Jennifer is a dedicated volunteer and mother of two children, one of whom attends Windsor Secondary.

Jennifer has been involved with the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council for the past four years, sitting on multiple district committees, creating resources and supporting Parents/Guardians and PACs within the (NVSD), including Chairing the (NVPAC) Diversity & Inclusion Parent Advisory Committee.

Equitable opportunity and access to education ensures that each student has the opportunity to attend, participate in and contribute to their educational experiences. By enhancing, supporting and strengthening the strategic plan we can enable all students to access their full potential, imperative to their individual future success. Supporting staff with the tools, resources and training they need to have the best chance to do their work is a necessary component of this, which she fully supports.

Jennifer strongly believes that by working together towards the betterment of all students' education along with an authentic sense of belonging and inclusion of all students, community and society on a whole will thrive.

Every student deserves the opportunity to acquire and achieve their education in a safe and emotionally supportive space.

Jennifer has been a vocal advocate for individuals with disabilities, and who are neurodivergent at both the School District and Community level.

Jennifer is a member of the North Shore Disability Advisory Committee and the Board Secretary of Autism Community Training (ACT) B.C. An (NVPAC) executive for four years and the DPAC and FOS rep for Seymour Heights where her son attended Elementary School.

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NORTH, Layne

District of North Vancouver

Whenever election season roles around, candidates ply voters with reasons to vote for them. When it comes to school boards, that means talking about “our” children. But Layne North is not a parent. Instead, he is the student. He doesn’t just see the difficulties that kids at school go through, or the changing environment they experience, he lives it everyday.

He understands youth from an angle that mature adults often don’t notice or fail to fully grasp, including how kids feel about their time in the classroom.

While young, Layne is not inexperienced. He has already served on the Board of Governors at Capilano University, including on the investment committee and the 2030 planning committee. He also served on the board of the Capilano Student’s Union, including as chair of the Finance and Audit committee and the liaison for the Business and Professional Society.

As such, he is familiar both with how boards operate and make decisions, and with how that specifically applies to education. He also lobbied the provincial government in 2019, where he was part of a team successful in getting more financial aid for students.

His platform includes overhauling school procedures for bullying, more realistic education for sex and vaping, better financial education, and bringing more opportunities for students to excel and advance their education through AP courses. It also aims to teach students the philosophy of critical thinking, recognizing that learning to judge information and decisions is the most important skill they will ever learn.

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