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Our Candidates

Jamie Lee Hamilton, Park Board


A Vancouver native, Jamie Lee Hamilton has fought for the rights of at-risk youth, LGBTQ minorities, Indigenous people, and sex-trade workers, serving on the boards of the Vancouver Pride Society, Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, and Downtown Eastside Residents Association. As a Park Board watchdog, she has lobbied to fund cultural events, to ensure that Park services remain affordable, and to prevent attempts to remove green space. Jamie Lee is a bridge-builder who works across political lines for the betterment of all people in Vancouver.

B.K. Anderson, School Board


B.K. Anderson has spent the past 17 years working for the Vancouver School District, helping parents resolve concerns about their schools. A writer, educator, and documentary filmmaker, B.K. received her Bachelor of Education and Teaching Certificate from UBC, and her M.A. from the University of Toronto. Having taught in Vancouver and Nairobi before joining the Vancouver School District, B.K. is passionate about safe and healthy learning environments, classroom space for students at their closest schools, and restoring fine arts and music programs.

Margaret Haugen, Park Board


Margaret Haugen is a writer, artist, and activist with a long history of public service, including teaching at-risk youth about HIV prevention and harm reduction, serving on the board of directors for PACE Society, and volunteering for AIDS Vancouver and the Saige Community Food Bank. Margaret would like to see the Park Board explore healthier and more affordable meal options at park concessions, restore Stanley Park’s free shuttle bus for seniors, families, and people with disabilities and protect green space in our community parks.

Connie Fogal, Mayor

Connie Fogal, a retired lawyer and widow to Harry Rankin, Vancouver’s outspoken alderman, has served as Vancouver Park Board Commissioner, leader of the Canadian Action Party, spokesperson for Citizens Against Gambling Expansion, elected representative to Kitsilano’s and Vancouver’s Resources Boards, and plaintiff in lawsuits against globalisation and the militarization of Nanoose Bay. 


Jamie Lee Hamilton

"I have never seen a more vocal or passionate advocate for social issues and for the parks. I know she would be a strong voice on Parks Board and heartily endorse her."

- David C Jones, City of Vancouver LGBTQ Advisory Committee

"Jamie Lee will fight to ensure that our public spaces remain accessible to each and every one of us. As far as I’m concerned, there is no greater obligation upon a Commissioner of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Jamie Lee Hamilton has my vote, and she deserves yours too.”

- Kyle Simunovic, Kitsilano Resident

"I am so pleased that Jamie Lee Hamilton is willing to stand in this civic election. Jamie Lee has a long history of social and environmental activism in Vancouver. I know we can rely on Jamie Lee to vigorously act on our behalf with integrity, intelligence, and love."

- Lisa Barrett, Mediator, Arbitrator, former mayor of Bowen Island Municipality

"I enthusiastically endorse Jamie Lee Hamilton for Park Board in Vancouver. I have been a close friend and ally of Jamie Lee’s for 22 years, and I know her to be a tireless advocate for marginalized peoples and places. We co-founded the Sex Workers Memorial Committee, and our majestic, permanent monument to sex workers in the West End graces the corner of Jervis and Pendrell Streets. To the Park Board, Jamie Lee will bring her boundless energy, ethical practice, and commitment to collaborative decision-making. She inspires me daily with her vision for social justice and inclusion. Her sensitivity to issues related to park usage, environmental hazards, commemoration of past wrongs, LGBTQ2S equality, and accessible recreational facilities make her an ideal candidate for Park Board. Indeed, Jamie Lee brings more than thirty years of community activism, experience, and expertise to civic politics. Join me in voting for Jamie Lee Hamilton!"

- Dr. Becki Ross, Professor of Sociology, Women and Gender Studies at UBC

"I'm endorsing Jamie Lee Hamilton, also known as Queen of the Parks, for park commissioner in the upcoming municipal elections! I am pleased to support her for many reasons, not least her advocacy for the most marginalized individuals in our society, those who have no voice and for whom she speaks, our animal relations! Many of you will be aware of Jamie Lee's tireless advocacy on behalf of sex workers, transgendered persons, First Nations people, and LGBT two-spirited intersex issues. Our society needs more elected officials with the knowledge, concerns, and Brilliant Spirit of our Jamie Lee Hamilton! Ms. Hamilton has an excellent class analysis and is always a fighter for the underdog... I'm proud to call her my Ally!"

- Roslyn Cassells, Vancouver Park Commissioner 1999-2002, First Elected Green to Vancouver Municipal Election

"I am honoured to call Jamie Lee Hamilton my friend. I first worked with Jamie Lee years ago when she was advocating for an Arts education for young people who could not afford that experience. She was successful in her quest. She is always a formidable and successful advocate for Indigenous people and has been a welcome educator on the needs of the Transgender and LGBTQ community. Jamie Lee is brilliant, aware and kind. She is sensitive to the needs of all children and would be an informed and brave Parks Commissioner working on their behalf. She has my vote."

- Elizabeth Ball, City Councillor

Margaret Haugen

"Margaret Haugen is a hard-working, intelligent, caring, and deeply funny individual. I have had the pleasure of serving with Margaret as a community volunteer for a number of years now, and I have gotten to know her on both a personal and a professional level. Margaret cares about her community and is always willing to put in the hard work necessary to give back. She does not shy away from a challenge. She rises to the occasion and follows her heart. While her work ethic is strong, her morals are even stronger. Margaret is the change that Vancouver needs. I endorse Margaret Haugen for Parks Board."

- Sarah Leamon, founder of Sarah Leamon Law, PACE Society Board Chair

"I’ve known and worked with Margaret Haugan for many years and have first-hand knowledge of her commitment to make our city better, particularly for kids and seniors. Margaret is new to local politics and brings exactly what we need: she is smart, highly skilled, and knows that meeting people part-way is fundamental to creating, building, and sustaining positive change. Her ideas on improving Park Board services are really about making our parks open and flourishing spaces all of us can enjoy."

- Esther Shannon, activist and founder of FIRST

"I know Margaret as a committed, responsive, and courageous community activist. She connects readily with people and has a down-to-earth clarity about issues that impact our communities and lives. Margaret would approach the role of Park Board Commissioner with the same energy and values that have informed her work with PACE and other grassroots organizations: listening to the needs and experiences of marginalized people, seeking to enhance their access to respectful public services. The whole city would be enriched."

– Nancy Pollak, Interdisciplinary Studies Instructor, Langara College  

B.K. Anderson

"All the time I worked in the VSB building, Barbara Anderson was the cleverest, kindest person on the premises. She would be a great trustee." 

- Melanie Jackson, Children's Author, Orca Books

"I have known and worked with Barbara Anderson for three decades. She is a woman with integrity, intelligence, and ideas. She is deserving of your vote." 

- Rev. Brad Newcombe

Group Endorsements

"I would like to endorse Jamie Lee Hamilton and Margaret Haugen from IDEA Vancouver for Parks Board, and B.K. Anderson, also from IDEA Vancouver, for School Board Trustee. Jamie and Margaret share my values of saying YES to good ideas for having fun in this city and they know that the parks play a big part in that. Ms. Anderson is very intelligent and will always put the kids' needs first. We have already seen what can happen to this school board when politics are put ahead of children. B.K. will not allow that to happen again."

- Mark Elyas, Van-East Federal Liberal Riding President

Our Platform

Renew Housing Co-op Leases Immediately

Save Middle Class Homes, Gardens, and Basement Suites

Stop the Sale of City-Owned Land

Eliminate Offshore Marketing and Stop Unfair Home Taxes

Build Desperately Needed Schools, Parks, and Community Spaces

Zoning for People, Not Developers

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Support IDEA

One of our central platform issues is stopping the destruction of Nelson Park and preventing the BC Hydro substation from being built under a school. Show your support with a Save Nelson Park t-shirt. Available for any gender in S, M, L, XL, and XXL, all $25 each. Email Voteidea@gmail.com to order yours!

The Election

Municipal Election Day October 20

The 2018 Municipal Election:

1 Mayor

10 Councillors for Vancouver City Council  

9 Trustees for Vancouver School Board 

7 Commissioners for Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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