UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY (VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Today, Wendy Hayko, B.C. Green candidate for the Vancouver-Quilchena by-election, launched her campaign at an event with B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau. The meet-and-greet and media availability took place at Memorial West Park, adjacent to Dunbar Community Centre.
Hayko, an emergency management expert, has worked with organizations at the local, regional and international levels to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies such as fires, floods, epidemics and wildfires.
"As an emergency manager, I know reacting to emergencies can only get us so far. I'm running to give the people of Vancouver-Quilchena a choice that is not just two sides of the same coin,” said Hayko. "The cost of living keeps going up, our greenhouse gas emissions are rising and our mental health crisis is getting worse. Leaving these problems to reach a point of crisis makes them more expensive to deal with in the long-run.
“We need to invest in resilient local infrastructure and improve health and economic outcomes for British Columbians. I look forward to working with Sonia Furstenau and the BC Greens on long term solutions for climate, health, and housing in Vancouver-Quilchena."
“I’m delighted to be here to celebrate the launch of Wendy Hayko’s campaign in Vancouver-Quilchena,” said B.C. Green leader Sonia Furstenau. “Wendy provides the kind of practical, proactive and community-minded leadership we need in BC. I’m greatly looking forward to working with Wendy during her campaign and in the coming years.”
Hayko and Furstenau were joined by volunteers and residents at the outdoor gathering.
“Wendy is a new voice in politics–like a lot of people that are deeply concerned and want to get involved, but never have before,” said Kayla Phillips, a volunteer with the campaign. “For me, volunteering with Wendy isn’t just about getting one person elected, it’s about growing the only political movement in this province that takes the climate and ecological crisis seriously."
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of former B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson in February, with election day to take place on April 30th.
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