Why I am running for Council again? I love our city and care deeply about its future. But is this enough?
I’m passionate about local government and have been active at the municipal level long before I decided to run again for the office. Right now, the City needs leaders like myself who can bring a fresh perspective to City Hall with the education, skills, knowledge, and experience required to be effective on day one. With so many plans, strategies, and reports already on the table or in the process (such as Community Wellbeing Strategy and Climate and Environment Strategy), the next four years are going to be about implementation, execution, and follow through.
I’m running because I have the courage to act on climate change, build a more equitable, inclusive, complete, and resilient community, and recover socially and economically from Covid-19. That’s where I see myself bringing a lot of value to the City of North Vancouver and its residents. I believe that “better” can be achieved. Despite many challenges that we face, there is hope in our city: we have vibrant communities that throw themselves into fostering love and wellbeing. We have beautiful parks and a Shipyards District for all to enjoy. We have businesses that feed our families, nourish our economy and make us feel better, heal us, and help us. We have innovative and talented people who are building our future. And I have plans to nurture the best of what North Vancouver has to offer, so together we can create a strong, thriving, and resilient City. You will not find someone who is more ready or willing to do the hard and necessary work to collaboratively empower our citizens, build trust, and foster a strong sense of accountability.
My experience working on community initiatives and on City policies in areas such as social and community well-being, local food systems, young adult civic engagement, and environmental and climate action have prepared me to find creative and strategic ways to address the challenges and opportunities my city faces, and bring the community together, from all walks of life to participate in the process.
Municipal government is the level of government that is closest to the people, where we can take major steps to help fight climate change, address community resilience and well-being, and build a more compassionate, prosperous, and sustainable future: Anna Boltenko