TRI-CITIES PUBLIC FORUM ON
As Metro Vancouver tries to fix the housing crisis, what role does the Tri-Cities have to play in addressing some of the mis-steps that have occurred in the past ?
What is the way forward for the Tri-Cities?
Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992. She has lead the Society through its incredible growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. Throughout Atira’s herstory, Janice has championed barrier-free and low-barrier access to programs and services for women, ensuring Atira’s programs are accessible to all women affected by violence including women who have traditionally been marginalized by mainstream society.
Christina Gower is a member of a new group called Affordability Action Hub, which staged a housing rally at Jack Poole Plaza February 2018. Affordability Action Hub (AAH), according to Gower, aims to connect the many groups fighting to find housing solutions. When asked if she believes rallies have much influence on provincial or municipal government decisions, she said: “That’s one of the reasons we formed a hub. It’s to join forces and we’re going to continue to build on that. Once we unite and show that to our government, we’re going to have more affect.”(vancourier.com) It is this passion and advocacy to educate and unite that Christina brings to our TriCities Public Forum on Housing.
Aman Brah born in London, England is a proud and active resident of Port Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area, where he has resided since 1992. It was a natural fit for Aman to specialize, as a Realtor, in an area where he has firsthand experience in witnessing the rapid growth of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Aman understands that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. He had the pleasure of growing and attending all levels of school in the area, to now raising his own 2 kid’s with his wife Pam. Much like he has seen with his own family, Aman’s true vision is to help people grow and attain their goals –whether buying or selling. Aman’s connection to the community and professional experience/knowledge will be an asset to our forum.
Dr. Amy Lubik is a Health Researcher and Port Moody City Council Candidate with a passion for the environmental and social determinants of health. One determinant not always recognized would be stable housing. She has experience in community organizing with 5 years of community building, volunteer coordination, event planning, and social justice education. Amy has a passion for improving health through research
Kelsey Taylor holds her M.A. in Planning (2016), School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia. She is a passionate planner who seeks to decolonize the profession of planning, with a focus on supporting a meaningful, community-driven process that builds capacity and includes a variety of means of engagement. Skilled in facilitation, community engagement, team management, project management, and research Kelsey brings a motivation for us to discuss ways to plan for community and families with thoughtful kindness and intent for the best interests of people.