With 2019 already underway at full speed, the Fresh Voices team is also beginning to lay the ground work for an exciting year ahead us.
In fact, last Thursday we continued to score victories for democracy and civic engagement with our #LostVotes campaign. In a 7-1 vote (and one absence), the City of Victoria has officially joined New-Westminster, Port Moody, and Vancouver as municipalities that have called on UBCM, and the provincial government to act on extending local elections franchise to permanent residents. The Fresh Voices team is thrilled with the level of excitement the campaign is producing across the province, and we will continue to have conversations with interested municipalities.
In other very exciting news, Fresh Voices is excited to announced that under the direction of a our newly established interim board of directors, and the leadership of our two new interim co-executive directors we will be concentrating our efforts in the production of the 2019 Fresh Voices forum, our first-ever members general assembly, and the launch of the Fresh Voices campaign school for future candidates and campaign staff.
We are pleased to introduce this group of incredible leaders who will guide the implementation of our plan over the coming months;
Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho Interim Co-Executive Director
Diego Cardona Interim Co-Executive Director
Sajedeh Zaki member, Board of Directors
Ashvan Wal member, Board of Directors
Regina Valverde member, Board of Directors
Reyna Villasin member, Board of Directors
Yu-Han Linda Chen member, Board of Directors
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.