Strong group of candidates announce in the District of North Vancouver


Monday, September 10, 2018

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – A group of talented professionals have come together to reshape the District of North Vancouver (DNV) political landscape.

DNV Mayoral candidate, Ash Amlani, announced that four new candidates will join her under the banner of Building Bridges. They’re running as a team united around a common vision for the District. Their top priorities mirror the main concerns of residents: addressing traffic congestion, housing affordability and maintaining our desirable lifestyle.

This team is as talented and diverse as the district they hope to represent. While they are all proud to call North Vancouver home, they each bring a different neighbourhood perspective. Broad neighbourhood representation has been absent in previous councils.

The group seeks to turn the tide on the exceptionally low voter turnout that has plagued the DNV (22% in 2014).

The Building Bridges team for DNV Council includes:

  • Mathew Bond, P. Eng, incumbent DNV Councillor, a traffic systems engineer, former President of the North Shore Mountain Biking Association and father of two
  • Carleen Thomas, B.Ed., Special Projects Manager - Treaty Lands & Resources Tsleil-Waututh Nation, former teacher in SD44 & SD45, former 16-yr elected Councillor with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and grandmother of five
  • Sameer Parekh, MBA, Marketing Manager, former small business owner and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

The Building Bridges candidate for School District 44 Trustee is Devon Bruce, former Educational Assistant with the SD44 and a Program Manager with North Shore Connexions where he works to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Municipal elections will be held across British Columbia on October 20th, 2018.



“Four years ago, I offered the citizens of North Vancouver my unique perspective on our transportation challenges and how we could overcome them.  There are no simple answers to the complex and intertwined challenges we face on the North Shore. It will take a whole suite of actions, aligned in a common direction, to bring relief to the people of North Vancouver and maintain our high quality of life in a growing and changing region. That is one of the many reasons I am delighted to be working alongside Ash Amlani and the Building Bridges Team.” – Mathew Bond, DNV Council candidate

“Growing municipalities need to understand the power and the opportunities they have to help protect the lands, air and water. We all choose to live in this place. Like my grandfather taught us, we have to find a way to work together.” - Carleen Thomas, DNV Council candidate

“Through my work running a family business in the District, I’ve learned the importance of financial responsibility. I'm also passionate about protecting our environment. I want to make sure we do as much as possible ensuring our actions consider the interests of residents and businesses in the DNV.” – Sameer Parekh, DNV Council candidate

“Having worked in special education for many years, I have a genuine passion for accessible and inclusive education for all students in our community. I believe providing the highest quality learning environment for students and staff should always be the guiding focus of our board.“ – Devon Bruce, Trustee candidate, SD44

“The challenges we face in the DNV are complex, the solutions will require a united team. Building Bridges is that team. Together we bring leadership, experience, passion, and a commitment to service. This exceptional team of professionals share a common vision: a North Vancouver community where people who work here can afford to live here, and where people and goods move easily.” - Ash Amlani, DNV Mayoral candidate



Sherri Moore-Arbour