A Brave New World At GWAC

Just a month or so ago, I had written the obituary of the venerable Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC). Luckily, I had allowed myself one out: “I guess it is possible for an activist and progressive group to win control of the Board at the AGM in March …” and that did indeed play out this afternoon.

The AGM was very well-attended, with the Canucks Family Room bursting at the seams.  It was good to see so many of the community taking this level of interest. The President’s Report and the Treasurer’s Report were quickly disposed of, and we were quickly into the elections.

There are twelve positions on the Board, for which seventeeen candidates stood and made their pitches.  A progressive group of diverse community activists took all twelve positions.

Of last year’s Board, three progressive voices (Dorothy, Jim, Craig) were re-elected, while another four (Eileen, David, Vicky, Nick) were defeated. All four of the defeated incumbents were pro-Boffo Tower, with the majority having been long-time obstructionists opposed to GWAC’s active role.

The nine new Directors are a great mix of veterans and youth, renters and owners, male and female, workers and professionals. All have experience in community groups, in support for good ideas and in opposition to bad ones. I have enormous hope for this reincarnation of GWAC and I look forward to being a cooperative and interested member of the neighbourhood

PS: Daniel Boffo was overheard in conversation with NIck of the BIA to say “Well, we got the result we were looking for”.  As that is true only in irony, one is obliged to assume he and his high-priced manufacturing consent PR brigade will try to spin this as a No Tower takeover. However, if they look at the composition of the new Board, they will have to conclude that is simply wrong. The community has spoken. Now, if Boffo Kettle could only understand …

 

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4 Responses to A Brave New World At GWAC

  1. Anna Cooper says:

    except, you’ll notice the board are all members of the “No Tower” group. Good diversity. So GWAC did not want to hear from anyone in support of the development plan. Too scary to talk about. Or is there an unwillingness to face the housing crisis in the neighborhood. 4 buildings within 9 blocks of me have been renovictions forcing several Kettle members out of the neighborhood. What’s the No Tower PR plan for that? I though you were against gentrification. Sounds like you just don’t want more low income people in the ‘hood.

    • DDB says:

      Neither Jim Fraser, nor Craig Ollenbergher, nor myself are members of the No Tower group. I can’t speak for the others, but I can assure you that as a council we will strive to best represent the different voices in the community.

    • DDB says:

      Neither Jim Fraser, nor Craig Ollenberger, nor myself are members of the No Tower group. I can’t speak for the others, but I can assure you that as a council we will strive to best represent the different voices in the community. As well, retaining affordability and diversity in the neighbourhood has been a priority goal for us over the last year and will remain so going forward.

  2. jakking says:

    Completely wrong the first comment. So far as I am aware, only two of the new Board are part of the No Tower Coalition as leaders or volunteers. However, given the vast outpouring of community support for the No Tower position, it would be a surprise if the majority of the new Board were not also supporters of that position.

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