An endorsement from Cl. Tim Stevenson for Brent Granby on the Park Board

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“I am pleased to recommend Brent Granby for a nomination with Vision Vancouver for the Park Board. I have always considered Brent to be a great ally to the LGBTQ community in Vancouver. In his capacity as President of the West End Residents Association (WERA) has facilitated projects that have made the West End more inclusive and safer.

When Mayor Larry Campbell started the Four Pillar strategy to help reduce overdose deaths of drug users there were many concerns from residents about the program. Having individuals like Brent working with city and his community to create better understanding between the groups was instrumental and contributed to the success of the Four Pillar Strategy.

Brent has been supportive of many city interventions that were based on evidence decision-making. There is an impressive list of city interventions that were controversial at the beginning and required strong community support to ensure success. Brent has  demonstrated commitment in developing community support to allow for success of these following projects:

 

  • New Directions on Burrard St. providing support services to youth at risk;
  • Emergency temporary homeless shelters on Howe and Bidwell St.;
  • Safe injection sites in DTES and at the Dr. Peter Centre;
  • At Home Study at Bosman Hotel, supportive housing model pilot project;
  • Homeless counts by Metro Vancouver;
  • West End Integrated Neighbourhood Network;
  • Four Pillars Coalition;
  • 2040 Active Transportation Plan; and
  • Comox-Helmcken Greenway.

 

These projects require numerous community members to participate to ensure that the city works respectfully with communities and members understand the importance of the work being done by the city. Brent has worked tirelessly in this capacity.

Brent’s support for active transportation in the city has been much appreciated. Building better and safer infrastructure for walking, for people with mobility challenges and for people riding bikes will encourage more people to live active lives resulting in better health overall. Brent’s advocacy has help make the Comox-Helmcken Greenway in the West End the great success that it is.

I have been impressed with Brent’s respectfulness and focus on building consensus. His advocacy is well respected because of his commitment to being a positive voice for the issues that will help make Vancouver a better place for everyone.”

Councillor Tim Stevenson

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