Niki Sharma: why I'm running for the Vancity Board of Directors

Niki Sharma is running for a seat on Vancity's Board of Directors
Niki Sharma is running for a seat on Vancity's board of directors. Photo courtesy Niki Sharma.

My name is Niki Sharma and I am running to be a Director on the Board of Vancity Credit Union.

As a proud Vancity member, I believe that when people and money come together as a force for good, progressive change is possible. We live in times of growing inequality, uncertainty and a changing climate. Vancity provides a much needed example of values-based leadership.

I believe that to live by your values requires a daily commitment. I value diversity, sustainability and equality and have been committed to this throughout my life. 

I am a lawyer practicing aboriginal law. I have been honoured to work with survivors of residential schools, who are confronting the wrongs of the past. I believe that we must all work hard to achieve true reconciliation in Canada. 

Taking action on climate change matters to me. I am proud that Vancity has taken vitally important steps to divest from Enbridge and fossil fuels.

I previously served as Chair of the Vancouver Park Board, where I led our opposition to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. As a former Park Commissioner, I am proud of our accomplishments on growing local food, protecting our green spaces and taking action on climate change.

I believe in the power of co-operative models like Vancity Credit Union. I have been fortunate to work with women’s cooperatives in Ecuador that focused on sustaining livelihoods and protecting the cloud rainforest.

One of the most challenging obstacles to progressive social change are the financial forces that seek the bottom line at all costs. It is powerful that Vancity’s success is linked with values-based social impact. 

As a Director, I would be dedicated to serving our members, broadening our reach and continuing to lead innovative changes to address the challenge of today.

I was honoured to receive the endorsement of the Vancity Board for my candidacy and would be honoured to have your vote.

Vancity members can vote online here until April 22, at select local branches from April 12-16 or by mailing in their ballot before April 22

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