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Why We're Here

TEAM for a Livable Vancouver was formed in August 2021 by people of all political backgrounds who hoped to create a more neighbourhood-friendly City Hall that would honour electors’ decisive vote for change in the 2018 election.

We chose the name TEAM because we were inspired by the insights and legacies of The Electors’ Action Movement (T.E.A.M.), the party that brought residents together in 1968 to save Strathcona, Chinatown, Gastown and Vancouver’s waterfront from a freeway system. Then, City Hall bureaucrats badly underestimated the desire of residents to have meaningful involvement in the face and future of their city.

We are feeling a similar disconnect today.

We believe Vancouver residents want thriving, livable neighbourhoods for ourselves and newcomers and that, if City Hall listens to us, there is still time to reverse many of the problems that have developed over the past decade.

TEAM will be a voice for all neighbourhoods. We can:

  • Start valuing the contributions of neighbourhood organizations and commit to genuine consultation with residents instead of surveys and workshops aimed at getting pre-determined results 

  • Start prioritizing the types of housing that residents say they want and need in order to manage the housing crunch, instead of promoting building to maximize developer profits

  • Establish an evidence-driven City Hall that will make better decisions, both financially and in planning for the future

  • Overhaul policies that make doing business more expensive and lead to closed shops and services

  • Stop taking on senior governments’ responsibilities and focus on core municipal ones such as the streets, sidewalks and parks that make a comfortable, functioning city 

  • Reverse the downward trajectory of community safety with initiatives aimed at easing the fear and despair in our streets that are backed by research and funded appropriately

  • Be realistic about Vancouver’s contribution to climate change and ensure mitigation measures are effective without overburdening already financially-stressed residents

  • Require Council, School and Park Boards to get out of their silos and work together  (For example, the School Board is currently planning to close and sell off schools while the City is planning major increases in population density.)

 

TEAM's Board of Directors for 2023-24  (contact at info@voteteam.ca)

Cleta Brown (President) is a lifelong resident of Vancouver.  She worked as an Investigator and General Counsel for the Ombudsman of B.C., as a Crown Prosecutor in the Provincial Courts and as an Alternate Chairperson on the Review Board of B.C.  A longtime advocate for a variety of causes, Cleta has held many non-profit Board directorships, including in leadership roles. She has been politically active as a volunteer in most elections and as a candidate in two elections.  Cleta’s civic involvement is based on an ethic of service and gratitude.

Colleen Hardwick

Chris Johnson, K.C. is a lifelong resident of Vancouver. He graduated from high school here before attending the University of Victoria, where he obtained a BSc and a J.D.  He is currently employed as a criminal defence lawyer and occasional Special Prosecutor.

Harvey McCormick (Treasurer)

Stephen Mikicich is a Registered Professional Planner with over 30 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including urban design, economic development, heritage conservation, neighbourhood planning, transit-oriented development, business improvement areas, and community engagement.  The child of European immigrants, Stephen was born and raised in Vancouver and makes his home in Kitsilano. 

Stephen Roberts (Vice President)

Sal Robinson (Secretary)  spent 41 years working at Vancouver’s oldest public alternative school, proving resistance is not futile.  She is an avid researcher and writer who values truth and accountability. Sal's Vancouver roots are generations deep. Consequently, she takes a keen interest in the city’s history and in its sustainable future.  

Ward Stirrat

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