By Election Voting Information

For any and all information with regard to the By-Election go to the West Vancouver Election Site here.

Advance voting: Four days of advance voting will be held at the Municipal Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on:

November 5;
November 8;
November 9; and
November 14.

An eligible elector can vote at an advance voting opportunity even if they will be present in the municipality on general voting day.

General voting day:  You may vote at any one of the following voting places on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Hollyburn Elementary School (1329 Duchess Avenue);
  •  Irwin Park School (2455 Haywood Avenue);
  • Rockridge Secondary School (5350 Headland Drive);
  • Westcot Elementary School (760 Westcot Road);
  • Gleneagles Community Center (6262 Marine Drive); and
  • Seniors’ Activity Centre (695 21st Street).

Curbside voting is available during advance voting and at all voting places on general voting day.

Mail ballot voting is available for eligible voters. See section below for information on voting eligibility.

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All Candidates Meetings

Meetings organized by community organizations give you a chance to meet the candidates.

The Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers’ Association is holding a meeting as follows:
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Seniors’ Activity Centre (Activity Room) – 695 21st Street

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is holding a meeting as follows:
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts
This is a free event but RSVP is required. Email to RSVP.
Supported by: Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association, Caulfeild Business Association, Horseshoe Bay Business Association, and Park Royal Shopping Centre.

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12 Candidates in the By-Election

Following is a list of candidates who have filed nomination papers  in alphabetic order:

David Ayriss

Farzaneh Bamani

Joanna Baxter

Tom Dodd

Tara Haddad

Rosa Jafari

Jon Johnson

David A. Jones

Andy Krawczyk

Peter Lambur

Vernon Pahl

Carolanne Reynolds



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By Election November 19th

West Vancouver will hold a by-election for the office of one Councillor on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The term for the position will end October 2018, when the next general local election will be held.

The by-election is being held to fill the position formerly held by Michael Lewis, who passed away on August 6 after a short illness. Councillor Lewis was first elected to Council in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots at a number of voting places across West Vancouver on November 19 or during advance voting opportunities at West Vancouver Municipal Hall, or vote by mail ballot.

More Information

Watch your local newspaper and the west vancouver election page for more information as it becomes available.

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Unofficial Results Are In

The unofficial totals are in.  They can be found on the West Vancouver site, here.

Congratulations to all of those who have been selected to serve and a huge thank you to all of those who put their names forward for public service.

Authorized by West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government (WVCGG), registered sponsor under LECFA.
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2014 Citizens for Good Government Endorsement Brochure

The brochure went out this week and should be delivered to all households by Wednesday November 12th.  Please look for it in your mailbox and feel free to contact us if you do not receive one.



Authorized by West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government (WVCGG), registered sponsor under LECFA.
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Q&A – School Board – Dave Stevenson

1. What community involvement have you had? How many school board meetings have you attended in the past 3 years?
I have lived in West Vancouver my entire life and have been active in numerous community activities during that time.  My first notable trip to Municipal Hall was as a student to lobby for the construction of an indoor pool at the West Vancouver Recreation Centre.  I have been back to both buildings many times since.  I have served on more than thirty municipal and community committees in my professional life and as a school trustee beginning in 1985, including most recently the Family Court Youth Justice Committee and the North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group.  I have had broad involvement with church, and coaching elementary, high school, and community sports teams.  I have deep roots; my family settled in West Vancouver in the 1940s.  I love my community and have, like many others, added my energy to the West Van we all enjoy.
I have attended almost every board meeting for the last 21 years while serving as one of West Vancouver’s school trustees on the Board of Education.

2. What are the challenges facing the school district? How would you address them?
Our school district needs to continue making effective teaching our number one priority to assist all our students to have the best possible learning experience.
This is accomplished by being current with the best methods.  As a member of the Board of Education, I monitor and support new programs and professional development for all our staff.
One challenge facing SD45 is the changing demographics in the school district.  As our community welcomes families from all over the world we continue to provide a great classroom experience, aided by our support staff members who assist with the adjustment to a new set of learning and cultural expectations.   There is opportunity to grow together as we live in an increasingly blended community.  As a board member I keep the reality of the new West Vancouver in my thinking and planning for new services.
The Board of Education is continuing to engage all members of our community to rebuild the confidence in public education.  The key element is to create a more effective working relationship with our teaching staff to move the focus from labour issues to student issues.   At the same time the Board will continue to advocate with Victoria for a budget that supports the increasing cost of providing effective and high quality classroom education.

The Board also needs to keep our aging facilities in the best possible condition through ongoing pro-active maintenance, and I will continue to advocate for a 10 year action plan for building renewal in partnership with Victoria.
The Board of Education needs to build on its history of implementation of innovative programs and initiatives that improve student outcomes and create motivated students.
The Board of Education also needs to continue looking for shared service savings with our education and municipal partners for effective and efficient resource allocation.  I will continue to look for the best deal for our taxpayers.

3. What makes an effective school board?
An effective Board of Education engages in broad community consultation,
has an open transparent process of governance, has full and open discussion of all issues at the Board table, is proactive in planning for the future, respects the diversity of community opinion, keeps an active review of all financial accounts, and works as a corporate board that respects individual trustees and speaks with one voice.  For most of the past 21 years that I have served as one of your school trustees, I have been part of such a Board.

4. What action might be taken to compensate for financial losses caused by reduced enrollment of international students?
Currently the enrollment of the International Student Program of our school district is at peak levels.  The program has been built with an incredible thoughtfulness to ensure the arriving students are prepared to have both academic success and an outstanding experience in our community.  The program brings students from a variety of countries around the world, which mitigates our financial risk.  Our International Student Program has a long history of providing revenue which assists with our funding to keep the West Vancouver school district a wonderful place to learn and teach.  I will continue to monitor that we are meeting the needs of our local students while also providing space and support for international students.   I have several ideas I would like to explore with the new board to diversify revenue opportunities for SD45.

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