The Power of Park Board Celebrating the Vancouver Park Board

The Power of Park Board: Celebrating the Vancouver Park Board
A non partisan fundraiser in support of the Coalition of Progressive Electors
Saturday November 20, 2010, 480 Broughton St. at seawall

Unique in all of Canada is Vancouver’s elected Park Board first established in 1888. Vancouver’s Park Board has been and is a venerable institution in the civic life of Vancouver. While initially the Board was established to oversee Stanley Park, the Vancouver Park Board has grown into a vital part of the communities of Vancouver for the multitude of services and fitness opportunities that it provides.

The Vancouver Park in addition to maintaining all parks and trees in Vancouver, also jointly operates the 24 Community Centres in neighbourhoods across the city with community partners. In Vancouver there is a Community Centre within 2.5 km of each other. These facilities have become vital hubs for neighbourhoods, offering education programs, wellness services to seniors, daycares, preschools, after school care, drops in for youths, support for new parents, fitness centres, pottery clubs and many art festivals and religious and cultural celebrations.

The elected Board has been an integral part of Vancouver’s political discourse. It has provided responsible and responsive leadership to the people of Vancouver in defining their educational, cultural, fitness and social service needs.  The Park Board has supported the public consultation and debate that has allowed the residents of our City to define themselves.

One of Vancouver’s longest serving mayors, Mayor Philip Owen launched his political career on Park Board. Much loved Vancouver East MP Libby Davies went on to Council and then to federal politics from Park Board. MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert defined his public policy program at Park Board. May Brown has become a city icon since starting her political career on Park Board in 1969.

The evening will be a night to enjoy wine and refreshments while listening to past Park Board commissioners, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Anita Romaniuk, current 3 term Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and by Skype from TO Lyndsay Poaps speaking about the “Power of Park Board”.

For more info and to order/reserve tickets contact:

Brent Granby 604 716 2824

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