Allen Garr, Heather Tremain and Virginia Weiler Run for Vancity Board of Directors

Heather Tremain, Alan Garr and Virgina Weiler.

It's not often that a politician writes about a reporter. Usually it’s the other way around. But when a reporter starts getting political, my journalistic tendencies tend to flare up.

Not to long ago Allen Garr added me as a friend on Facebook. I accepted his request and now we are friends. I have always admired Allen as a reporter he does a good job of getting to the bottom of civic issues. On top of it all, word on the street is he’s very respected by politicians and citizens of every stripe.

At first I thought Allen joined Facebook to show off his bee video or maybe to use it to snoop for leads. Afterall, lots of crazy stuff gets posted on the web. But after a few days, Allen let his Facebook friends know he was running on a slate with Heather Tremain and Virgina Weiler with the Action Team for the Vancity board of directors.

I have always been interested in learning more about the Vancity Board. It is just so great that Vancity is run by a board that is elected by its users. It’s empowering to know that we get to elect the people in charge. For me it is very important the board reflects it's citizens and the only way to do that is to engage members to learn about the nominees and vote for folks that represent their needs. The only way to do this is to raise awareness and get out the vote. There are nine Vancity directors in total. Elections are staggered and every year three positions come up for election. I am not sure why it is done this way, but it is.

Vancity helps to fund many great initiatives and non profits like the Potluck Café, Pigeon Park Savings, and the Vancouver Culture Crawl. To check out what else they do, watch this short video.

This month, I will be voting for Allen Garr, Heather Tremain and Virginia Weiler because we need a progressive majority on the Vancity Board. The Action Team is the right choice. If you are Vancity member, I hope you consider voting for them as well. If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact Allen, Heather or Virginia.

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