Michelle Mollineaux

for Park Board


A proven leader who believes in collaboration; a trusted voice of reason
Michelle wants to use her no-nonsense and get-it-done background to bring back our parks, public spaces, recreational and community facilities to being a vital, sustainable, and highly functioning hub for every community.

What Michelle will bring to Park Board:

  • Experience and collaboratively working with all levels of bureaucracy, government, special interest groups, and community to achieve the best outcome for all Vancouverites and communities at large.
  • As an immigrant and “soccer mom,” the understanding of the importance of sports, recreation, arts, and cultural programs which needs to be increased and supported within every community.
  • As a strategist for change, transition, and transformation, Michelle will work tirelessly to keep parks and the city of Vancouver green and safe, with much-needed community centres, sports facilities/fields, and enhanced new community programs and support for every resident from infants to seniors.

Career-wise:

  • Her corporate career in marketing, event management, and business development spans over 20+ years in the high-tech sector for industry sectors such as energy, emergency management and renewable energy.
  • Michelle was an administrator at Simon Fraser University for various departments including the International Centre for Crime and Punishment, Department of Linguistics, and the Community Economic Development Centre; she was the Registrar for the Vancouver Film School for Acting and Film programs.
  • In the non-profit sector she worked at Science World in various departments including Exhibits and Design, Education and as Executive Assistant. During her tenure Michelle developed the award-winning networking program “Opening the Door” for Grade 10-12. This networking event was created to help connect young people with relevant science, technology and engineering professionals to better prepare them for careers STEM field. “Opening the Door” has received the BC School Superintendents’ Award of Recognition and had become a province-wide program.
  • Michelle has also served on the Board or the College of Registered Nurses of BC and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC.  She was on the committee that merged all three nursing colleges of BC to form the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives.

Passions:

  • Enhancing and expanding on what works: preservation, maintenance, cleanliness, and expansion of our parks, trails, open spaces, and green spaces where people can use parks to have picnics, walk their dogs/pets, throw a ball, have events, family or community gatherings or just enjoy being outside.
  • Fixing what is broken: Poor decisions and management of the Park Board has led to lack of trust, community engagement, mismanagement of budgets, poor maintenance of parks, and the stagnation of building more community centres and sports facilities. We need urgently to fix this.
  • Adding more Sports, Arts and Recreation services, vital to all Vancouverites: We need to expand playing fields and facilities for all types of sports and for all ages. This includes basketball, soccer, skating, swimming, ultimate, lacrosse, and hockey to name a few. We also need more arts and culture events and programs that represent the diversity of Vancouver.
  • Safety in the parks and at community centres: We need to work closely with the VPD and the City to address the critical safety issues in our parks and communities. 
  • Advocating for youth at risk with the award winning NASKARZ (Never Again Steal Karz) program in Vancouver, which teaches youth to do auto restoration vs stealing cars.

There’s More to Life:

  • Whether it is raining, snowing, sunny or windy, you will see Michelle on the sidelines watching her son’s soccer games.  She has also been a team manager and has many times given city staff hell for not properly keeping the soccer fields safe.
  • Coordinating several global virtual Energy Transition events with industry leaders speaking from the energy, shipping and renewable energy sectors. Want to really know about how we can fix climate change? Ask Michelle, she can tell you!
  • Did the full 42.2km Honolulu Marathon in 2019 (walked it, didn't run!) after losing a lot of weight and is now training for the Army Run in honour of those who have served, wounded, currently serving, or died protecting us in the military, to be held in Ottawa in September.
  • Walking her dog, Obie and meeting all the other dog owners. It is really amazing how much we all have in common or can learn from each other.
  • Raising a teenage boy can be challenging but also rewarding.
Michelle Mollineaux
Michelle Mollineaux

for Park Board