Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Women Diversifying Cities: Dare to Run [ONLINE]
Tickets: Free with registration
When: Mon, Oct. 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom. Link will be sent to registrants the day prior.
Additional Info: Co-presented by Women Transforming Cities, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative, SFU Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and SFU Urban Studies.
Join us to hear from Councillors and Mayors from across Canada about the challenges and opportunities presented as women of colour and Indigenous women running for and working in elected positions at the municipal level.
Zoom webinar link will be made available the day before the event.
This webinar is the first in a series about women diversifying cities, we welcome you to join us for all three.
Mayor Toni Boot (Summerland, BC)
Toni grew up in Summerland and, after her first of two sons was born, moved back to her hometown from Vancouver. She taught at Okanagan College for several years and co-owned two successful businesses before entering local government in 2014. During her four-year term as a Councillor for the District of Summerland, she also sat as a director on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) board. Toni was elected Mayor of Summerland in October 2018. She has been elected or appointed to several boards including the RDOS, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, the Southern Interior Local Government Association and the Southern Interior Municipal Employers Association. Outside of government, Toni was elected to the Grasslands Conservation Council and the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWIN) boards in July 2020. She also sits on the advisory committees of the Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project and, most recently, the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour.
Described as a serial collaborator, Toni believes strongly in the power of building relationships and forming partnerships and alliances. She is especially interested in agriculture, all aspects of healthy communities, working with Indigenous Peoples and managing and protecting our natural resources. In 2019, Toni Boot earned a B.A. in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto, ON)
Kristyn Wong-Tam was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and has an extensive career investing in the city through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of improved social planning programs, new affordable housing, innovative economic development programs, community art projects, and investments in diverse, family-friendly neighbourhood planning. She has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing and helped create a neighbourhood association to preserve and protect heritage buildings and historical landscapes in the ward.
Kristyn is currently the vice-Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which provides advice to City Council on the identification, prevention, and elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities with the goal of achieving social, cultural and economic well-being. Kristyn is a founding board member of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was voted Toronto's Best City Councillor by NOW magazine readers four years in a row (2015-2018).
Nadine Nakagawa (New Westminster, BC)
Nadine Nakagawa is a community organizer and local activist. She has worked on issues relating to housing, public spaces, reconciliation, public engagement, and childcare. For her work in the community, Nadine was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Platinum Awards. She co-runs a consulting business called Ablaze Services and has a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. When not working on community projects, Nadine is a creative writer, curls at the Royal City Curling Club, and spends time with her golden retriever Gus and two cow-patterned cats Bill and Moo.
Rhiannon Bennett (moderator)
Rhiannon (she/her/hers) is a much-sought-after speaker and is well known for asking tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. She is actively working to create a more equitable world for all. Rhiannon is Musqueam and was raised in Ladner with deep roots in the community with some ancestors living on land since the first sunrise and others who were part of the new fishing community arriving in the early 1900’s. In 2014, she was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education. As a Trustee, she focused on repairing and building stronger relationships with education partners along with ensuring a decolonization lens was applied to all board work.
Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!