In the Community

Vancouver East is one of the most diverse and vibrant ridings in Canada, and it has long been my believe that it is right here that the pulse of social justice beats the hardest. The progressive values of Vancouver East attract people of diverse ethnicities and talents. Van East is the proud home of a wide array of arts and culture organizations, frontline non-profits, diverse culinary establishments, small and independent businesses, exciting tech start ups… the list goes on. Attending community events in this incredible riding always inspires me to work harder to amply the voices of Van East in Parliament and beyond. I look forward to meeting you at your next event!

Meeting with Afghan engineering students at UBC

I was delighted to meet with a group 9 talented Afghan women engineering students’ who won a full scholarship to do their post grad students at UBC.  Two high school students also received a full scholarship to study in Vancouver. Getting their study permit approved was no easy task as IRCC often reject applications citing their standard reasons for rejections. Special thanks to Friba Rezayee for her relentless effort and dedication  to help empower young Afghan women.  They are an inspiration to us all. Welcome to Canada and thank you for contributing to Canada’s multicultural, social and exconomic fabric.

UGM Thanksgiving Lunch

UGM Thanksgiving Lunch

Happy to join with UGM staff and volunteers to serve a special Thanksgiving meal to the community.  So wonderful to see so many dedicated volunteers coming together to share a message of love.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Marsha Armini Protest Rally

Standing in solidarity with the brave women and men in Iran. From the gaint human chain last weekend to the protest rally this weekend, we are sending an unequivocal message that women rights are human rights!  For Marsha Armini! For Women! For Life! For Freedom!

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Day in Van East

East Van on Truth and Reconciliation Day - Every Child Matters. You are strong.  You are resilient. You are beautiful!  We honour you.

VDLC Labour Day Event in Van East

Happy Labour Day!  Kudos to the Vancouver and Vancouver and District Labour Council for organizing such a fabulous picnic at Trout Lake Park. It’s a wonderful afternoon to hangout in our lovely park and meet folks from the community.

Van East – our calls to Save The PNE have been heard!

Van East – our calls to Save The PNE have been heard!

Since 2020, our community, labour unions, and small businesses have united in the call to save this beloved 112 year-old institution in Vancouver East. The PNE wasn’t able to access federal COVID-19 pandemic financial assistance due to gaps in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy & other programs – jeopardizing its very survival.

Our community rallied around the PNE, and I raised the need for financial supports for the PNE repeatedly in the House, in letters to the Finance Minister and in response to the federal budget. The federal government gave a grant to Granville Island to help ensure that the Granville Island could survive the pandemic and the NDP called for the government to apply such measures to the PNE as well.

So I am very glad and relieved to share that the federal government has announced a $10 million grant to help secure the future of the PNE.

The PNE is really important to our community as a major employer, employing over 4000 part-time and seasonal employees at its peak, and providing year-round union jobs. The local economic impact of the PNE is over $200 million each year. Many local businesses in Van East benefit from the hundreds of thousands of Fair visitors who pass through the Hastings-Sunrise corridor – not to mention the many suppliers and vendors who rely on the Fair’s business and its associated activities. The PNE is an important link in our city to BC’s agricultural communities. And it’s a venue for local and international musicians and entertainers – we need cultural institutions like this to survive and thrive.

And of course there’s no way to put a price on the fun, enjoyment, memories and friendships to be made at the PNE. Thank you to everyone who spoke out and helped make this possible!

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