Naveen Girn wants to bring diverse voices to Vancouver politics

Photo of Naveen Girn in Chinatown
Community engagement isn't just a talking point for Vision Park Board candidate Naveen Girn. It's something he lives daily, as a noted local historian and curator, as well as a former television host.
 
While it's his first time running for public office, he worked on Vision's campaign in 2011 as Chair of Outreach, and has been actively involved on the party's board for the last three years. 
 
"Parks Board is one small part of a larger narrative, but for me it’s a stepping stone for the work I want to do -- which is to bring diverse voices to the table, intercultural engagement across the city and being representative of a genuine voice of Vancouver," he said. 
 

Girn said his history with community engagement, storytelling and his experiences growing up in Vancouver informed his decision to run. 

He was inspired to work with Vision Vancouver when he saw the Mayor perform at the Bhangra.me exhibit he was curating at the Museum of Vancouver in 2011. 

"At our opening ceremony, Gregor came, and he had a dhol," Girn said, referring to a traditional North Indian drum. 

"I’d gone ahead of time, and had seen him practice and learn the art form. What I was seeing was a mayor who was doing that with genuine engagement -- not like just going to a temple and speaking at a Vaisakhi parade. He was doing real outreach to second generations...so I thought, 'This is something that reflects Vancouver. This is that intercultural engagement I’d been looking for. And that’s why I started working with Vision."

 

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