Running in Vancouver-Quilchena!
After serving Vancouver-Quilchena for the last 21 years as a community organizer and as a local politician, I'm taking the next step: Seeking the honour of serving Vancouver-Quilchena as your BC Liberal MLA in Victoria.
As you know, after 17 years of stellar service to the riding and to the province, our MLA Colin Hansen will be stepping down and a new candidate will be selected by the riding association in the new year.
I am seeking the nomination to become that candidate.
My husband Olin and I moved to Vancouver-Quilchena 21 years ago and brought up our three children here. It's been a pleasure serving the area first as a community volunteer and then as a local politician.
As a soccer club president, establishing innovative programs for the very young and working closely with neighbouring clubs to ensure the best opportunities for youth players, as a park board commissioner promoting the new field at Point Grey High and initiating the fundraising to build the track, and as a city councillor providing political support for the supportive housing project at 16 and Dunbar, it has been my pleasure to serve this neighbourhood.
Now I'm aiming to be part of the BC Liberal team under Premier Christy Clark and represent Vancouver-Quilchena as MLA following the 14 May 2013 election.
The BC Liberals believe in helping people by creating prosperity in the province. After a decade of BC Liberal leadership, BC is one of the top fiscal jurisdictions in the world and leads the country in job creation. I would be honoured to be part of that team.
To do that I need to win the BC Liberal nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena and hope that I can rely on your continued support.
All the very best
SUZANNE ANTON SEEKING BC LIBERAL NOMINATION IN VANCOUVER-QUILCHENA
Vancouver, BC (October 15, 2012): Former Vancouver city councillor, park board commissioner and lawyer Suzanne Anton today announced that she is seeking the BC Liberal nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena. The constituency is currently represented by Colin Hansen who is not running in next year’s provincial election on May 14.
An experienced politician, Anton served nearly a decade in civic government as a city councillor and a park board commissioner and was honoured to lead the NPA team as mayoral candidate in the 2011 civic election.
"Having spent many years helping make our city a better place, I am excited to be able to focus on representing my own neighbourhood of Vancouver-Quilchena, where I brought up my three children and have lived for the last 21 years," says Anton.
Anton served in Quilchena as a soccer club president, establishing innovative programs for the very young and working cooperatively with neighbouring clubs to ensure the best opportunities for youth players. As a park board commissioner, she was instrumental in the installation of the first synthetic field of its type at Point Grey High School, and initiated the campaign to raise the money for the rubberized surface on the track around the field; and as a city councillor, Anton was part of the team which persuaded the province to invest in social housing in Vancouver, and, in particular, she provided the political support to build the new Coast Mental Health supportive housing building at 16th and Dunbar.
"Now I am seeking the support of the neighbourhood to win the nomination to become a part of Premier Christy Clark’s BC Liberal 2013 team, and to be a strong voice in the legislature for Vancouver-Quilchena," says Anton.
“Here in Vancouver, whether it’s the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the expanded Convention Centre, the newly upgraded BC Place, the incredibly successful Canada Line, or taking the lead on housing for our homeless, the BC Liberals have delivered over and over,” adds Anton.
“Since 2001, the BC Liberals have provided our province with a strong economy and the kind of prudent fiscal management every taxpayer appreciates,” explained Anton. “British Columbia has earned a triple-A credit rating, made record investments in healthcare and education, and leads the country in job creation."
“We have terrific opportunities ahead of us in British Columbia. We’ve come through the 2008 recession better than most places in the world and the last thing I want to see is British Columbia sliding backwards and repeating the economic mistakes that turned us into a ‘have-not’ province in the ‘90s. With the BC Liberals our children, our community and our businesses can look forward to a bright future.”
Anton has a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a mathematics degree from the University of Victoria. Prior to entering civic politics in Vancouver, Anton was a Crown Prosecutor, and a mathematics teacher in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Nigeria as part of Canadian University Services Overseas.
Anton serves on the boards of the BC Pavilion Corporation, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. She is on the Economic Development Committee of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and several advisory committees in the city. She is past president of Kerrisdale Soccer Club and has served on many sport related organizations in Vancouver.
Suzanne and her husband Olin have cycled across Canada, and are now slowly (very slowly) making their way around the world by bicycle.
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