May 12th 2018
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – On Saturday afternoon at Delbrook Community Centre, a new municipal political party in the District of North Vancouver, Building Bridges Electors Society launched their campaign ahead of October’s municipal election. The party announced that public servant and researcher Ash Amlani will run as their candidate for mayor.
“I am running for mayor because we need a new style of leadership at municipal hall.” said Almani. “We need leadership that seeks citizen engagement and is action-oriented. We are a stronger society when people of all ages and backgrounds are heard and represented equally. As your mayor, I will bring a style of leadership that is inclusive and actively engaged. A style of leadership that puts people first.”
In her speech to supporters, Amlani made it clear which issues are top of mind for residents. “People are tired of waiting for action on transportation and housing. In the last four years, traffic congestion in North Vancouver has gotten considerably worse and many residents find themselves unable to purchase a home or find a rental property in the current market. We can do better.” Amlani said. “We need comprehensive, evidence-based solutions. Solutions that have been proven to work in other jurisdictions.”
Amlani brings a strong resume in her bid to become the next mayor, boasting a long list of credentials and accomplishments. She’s held senior roles in the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Known as somebody with a knack for achieving results, Amlani oversaw the advancement of many treaty and non-treaty fisheries agreements between Canada and BC First Nations. During her time at the BCCDC, Ash served as Chair for the Take Home Naloxone Advisory Board, spearheading the expansion an initiative which led to a significant reduction in opioid overdose deaths. Academically, Ash has published twelve peer reviewed papers, offering innovative policy solutions to many major public health topics. Currently, Ash is a member of the District Committee on Community Services and is an active volunteer in the Aga Khan Development Network.
Amlani extended an invitation to all North Vancouver residents, encouraging them to volunteer or run for council with the new party. “Building Bridges will be putting forward a full slate of candidates. If you want to make a difference in our community, we ask you to join us in building a strong team.” She cited political deadlock as a reason for needing to elect a united council. “Long term planning can’t exist when half of council always votes one way and the other half always votes another way. Electing a Building Bridges council will ensure policy is driven by common values and a common vision.” Amlani went on to state that anybody interested should reach out to party organizers through their website.
“Over the next six months, we will come to you,” continues Amlani. “We will listen to you at your door, on the phone, at public meetings, at local events, and through social media. We want to hear your ideas, we want to know what needs fixing and how you’d like to see us fix it. Your government belongs to you and we won’t forget that. Together, we can build a community that will be prosperous and resilient for generations.”
Ash is the first Ismaili, Muslim woman to run for mayor in the District of North Vancouver.
The municipal election will be held on October 20th.
Taylor Verrall, Building Bridges Electors Society