07 November 2018

Ever wondered what the Park Board does?

Here's a video tribute to our 2014-2018 Board, produced by Margo Harper.

To the out-going elected Board: a job well done. So proud to have been a part of it.

New Vancouver park board commissioners sworn in

Two incumbents, five new commissioners

/ Vancouver Courier
November 6, 2018 01:15 PM

It’s official. Vancouver’s new park board commissioners were sworn in Monday night at a special ceremony at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

After a thank you and short tribute to the work of the outgoing board, which included Michael Wiebe and Sarah Kirby-Yung, who were sworn in as city councillors earlier in the day, the new commissioners were sworn in and took their places at the table.

“Tonight at this table you see seven commissioners who have very large shoes to fill,” said Green party commissioner Stuart Mackinnon, who was re-elected to a third term on Oct. 20. “The commissioners for the last four years have been incredibly hard working and dedicated and I can’t thank them enough on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver… we may not always agree around the table, but I think we can all say that we have the best interests of parks and recreation, and for the citizens of Vancouver, in our hearts.”

Non-Partisan Association commissioner John Coupar also returns to the board for a third term. The incumbents are joined by newcomers Tricia Barker (NPA), the Greens’ Dave Demers and Camil Dumont, and COPE’s Gwen Giesbrecht and John Irwin.

Mackinnon was elected board chair, a position he’s held for the last year, and Demers was elected vice-chair. Giesbrecht and Barker were elected to serve as committee chair and vice chair.

“I look forward to four years of hard work, good times and tough times in this city,” Mackinnon said. “I thank you all for your support because we’re going to need it over the next four years. It is for you that we are elected, it is for you that we are working.”

The new board gets down to business with its first regular board meeting Nov. 19.


22 October 2018

Better Parks for Vancouver

Thank you Vancouver for voting for Better Parks. 
For kindness. 
For inclusion. 
For reconciliation. 
For A Brighter Future. 

 Dave Demers, Camil Dumont, & I 
look forward to serving you.

21 October 2018

Vancouver Park Board Election Results



Park Board (Elect 7)

CANDIDATE:                     PARTY:               # VOTES
COUPAR, JohnNPA49836
BARKER, TriciaNPA48831
IRWIN, JohnCOPE46360   
COPPING, Ann-MarieNPA46110
BEESLA, PallNPA36129
SHIVJI, ShamimVision Vancouver34620
ZUBKO, CameronVision Vancouver33990
SIU, WinnieCoalition Vancouver21771
YEUNG, JenniferVANCOUVER 1st20329
CHANG, Ray En-JuiCoalition Vancouver17940
GALLOWAY, JasonCoalition Vancouver17051
ZARUDINA, OlgaCoalition Vancouver16044
HAMILTON, Jamie LeeIDEA Vancouver15328
HEBA, LeoYES Vancouver14818
FUOCO, ChrisVANCOUVER 1st13613
SANGHA, Taran KaurCoalition Vancouver13180
EDGELOW, GregProVancouver11782
HURLBUT, RickProVancouver11434
JOHL, YogiVANCOUVER 1st10982
MALDONADO, Juan CarlosCoalition Vancouver10722
NEMETZ, Steven L
KAGIS, MathewWork Less Party10239
RELPH, Cliff
CUEVAS, Victor
HAUGEN, MargaretIDEA Vancouver5304

18 October 2018

Better Parks

The future of parks requires innovative ideas comprehensive strategies and a collaborative approach. On October 20th vote to keep Vancouver parks and recreation moving forward.

Growing Up

For me growing up in Vancouver was magical. Every child in Vancouver deserves those same opportunities, now and always.

Natural Beauty

Vancouver's natural beauty is worth protecting. Preserving our natural landscape needs to be at the heart of our parks and recreation system.

17 October 2018

Accessible Spaces

To ensure a healthy city our citizens need vibrant public spaces. Better parks and recreation is why Stuart Mackinnon is running.

16 October 2018


Reconciliation is more than just words.

Reconciliation is a long and important process. Stuart Mackinnon has shown leadership on park board through motions to learn traditional Indigenous places names and undertaking a colonial audit of the ways the Vancouver park board's decisions have contributed to colonization.

15 October 2018


 Greens believe in a collaborative approach to problem solving. Green  commissioners will work with all elected park board commissioners to make better parks for everyone.