Occupation: health policy analyst
Port Moody resident for: five years, and had my first job as a baker at a Port Moody deli
Campaign funding: Individual donations from residents and family
Previous community service: I have served on the environmental protection/ climate action committees, and petitioned for a rainbow crosswalk, a streamlined solar process, mental health supports, and Pharmacare.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Port Moody?
I think we need to mandate that all new developments over 60 units should include at least 10% to 30% affordable housing (as Richmond and Vancouver have done), and prioritize the permitting process for developments that meet those requirements. We should also investigate providing affordable housing on city-owned land.
How would you balance Port Moody growth and livability?
We have committed to 2.5 hectares of new park space per 1,000 new residents; we need to develop a plan for this. We need to create and maintain local jobs in conjunction with the other Tri-Cities, so our residents can spend more time in the community instead of commuting.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing Port Moody?
Balancing development with keeping the feeling of community that we all value, which includes trying to make sure residents can afford to stay.
How can Port Moody attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
The economic development officer should establish relationships with innovative business, like high tech and health, as well as post-secondary institutions, and identify key anchor tenants for new developments. We should also lobby the province for zoning chances to commercial properties so small businesses pay different rates than big chains.