Kayla Phillips

For Vice-chair

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As per the BC Green Party’s bylaws, all members may vote for the Vice-Chair. 

Kayla is the incumbent for Vice-Chair and was elected during the 2020 AGM internal party elections.

Compassionate, evidence-based policy created through participatory grass-root democracy is the root of what makes Greens, Greens. The BC Green Party's Caucus has shown the value and importance of bringing these qualities to the Legislature, and they deserve to have an Executive Council that embodies that. BC Green Party Members should have a Provincial Council that looks like them, and I believe that requires creating the conditions to make the Council a welcoming space for all British Columbians to share ideas and feel heard.

In my role as Vice-Chair, I have worked as a member of the Governance Committee to update the Internal Election Rules to ensure they are consistent with our values as Greens. My goal for this next term is to ensure the internal bylaws and rules for the Party are consistent internally to provide a strong base going into the next provincial election. Thank you to members for your support and I am excited to see what the future holds for the BC Greens.

About Kayla

Kayla's first experience with the BC Green Party was in 2018 as a Legislative Intern, where she had the daily opportunity to work with Sonia Furstenau, Adam Olsen, and Caucus staff. The commitment shown to disregarding “politics as usual” was apparent to her when the elected MLAs would express their thanks for staff's work. That simple expression of humility shows that the BC Greens are so much more than a typical Political Party and part of why Kayla is so happy to run for Vice-Chair.

Since then, Kayla has been the Campaign Manager for Kelly Tatham for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. This campaign had one of the best results on the Mainland in large part because of the belief that Greens can only be successful if they incorporate the voices of all into their work, particularly those who are traditionally not well represented in our political system. This is a practice Kayla intends to take forward on the Provincial Council by actively seeking feedback and direction from Members.

Kayla currently works as a Projects Analyst for xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). This work has allowed her to better understand the role that government plays in furthering colonialism and what better relations between First Nations and colonial institutions can look like. She believes this is fundamentally important work to undertake at the Executive Council level. Kayla attended Simon Fraser University for many years, earning a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Political Science and specializing in worldwide Green Parties. This experience taught her the mechanisms of Canadian governance, which she hopes to utilize in this role.

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