With the demands of work and family, it is a challenge to get people out of the comfort of their homes into the community to be an active participant in civic life. Vancouver’s increasingly diverse population, in terms of both age and ethnicity, is both a source of strength as well as a challenge when it comes to getting them involved in the community. To realize the benefits of our unique and diverse community, we must create ways to break down barriers and make government more accessible to everyone. The interaction of residents, especially our youth, and government strengthens our community. We also believe government effectiveness increases when citizens are engaged and informed. We value volunteers and encourage involvement, whether it is within the neighborhood or within the larger community, because it promotes a healthy city. Listening to, and understanding the concerns of citizens, fosters mutual trust.
We will help build a community that welcomes everyone and provides them with the opportunity to participate fully in community life.