Port Moody resident for: I graduated from Port Moody secondary and then returned 10 years ago to raise my family
Campaign funding: friends, neighbours and family
Previous community service: I worked with city council and local First Nations to create Port Moody's first National Indigenous People's Day Celebration. I pioneered the city's early childhood creative dance education program.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Port Moody?
Create policies encouraging the creation of rental units and expedite rental development proposals. Mandate that any new development must replace any existing rental units destroyed by the development. Encourage proposals that include housing solutions such as live-work studio spaces, co-ops and provisions for first-time buyers. Participate in and take direction from our city’s Housing Affordability Task Force.
How would you balance Port Moody growth and livability?
Our growth needs to be guided by a long-term master plan that prioritizes quality of life over what is profitable and expedient in the short term. I’ll represent residents to ensure development projects reflect our needs for more community services, traffic control, green space, affordability, and care for our natural environment. I am dedicated to responsible development that both preserves Port Moody's identity and invests in our community.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing Port Moody?
Responsible development. Our city’s growth must reflect who we are, preserving our character and enhancing our identity. What we do today affects how we live tomorrow.
How can Port Moody attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Develop a technology and business sector in Moody Centre, creating a hub for high-tech research with potential partnerships with SFU. Transform Murray Street into an arts and entertainment district. Launch a “Made in Port Moody” campaign, drawing attention to our entrepreneurs. Ensure all future development includes affordable spaces for local businesses to thrive.
Tasha Faye Evans