Candidates for Councillor - City of North Vancouver

Voters will be electing one mayor, six councillors, and three school trustees in the 2018 General Local Election. 

Here are the candidates running for the six councillor positions in the City of North Vancouver and their stated position on supporting Flicka Gymnastics Club and the inclusion of a home for Flicka Gymnastics Club in the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre.

The candidates below are listed alphabetically. Candidates who have not provided a statement for inclusion on this website are listed at the end (again in alphabetical order):

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"If I am elected, I will be on side to help rectify this inequity. You and your team definitely can count on me. "

Alizadeh, Pooneh

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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I should also mention that my daughter, who is 6.5 years old, participated in Flicka gymnastics program very recently, so I appreciate and value Flicka as an essential core sports organization in North Vancouver, which helps children, and especially girls, build confidence, stamina and dedication.   

 

I also know that in its current facility, Flicka’s programs are very difficult to get into.  There are huge waitlists and the only chance at securing a spot is trying to beat the clock at registration time.  I also understand that the proposed plan to relocate Flicka to Mickey McDougall is not a viable solution, as it is an even smaller venue in terms of its capacity than where they are currently in at Harry Jerome. 

 

With respect to Flicka, I would be in support of opening up a dialogue with them to come up with a better scenario than what they have currently been offered. 

Girard, Angela

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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I was on the original City Council that brought Flicka into Harry Jerome facility and have remained a big supporter since then. The City must find a suitable place for the group.There are some possibilities but it will have to be worked out with Flicka.  

Bell, Bill

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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It was an unpleasant surprise to me, when discovered that new Harry Jerome will not encompass all present facilities. This seems at least unfair. Gymnastics is widely renowned as a sport that can improve overall fitness, strength, balance and body control, as well as helping to improve athletic performance in any other sport.

To say more, gymnastics is a second popular sport in North Vancouver after soccer. 

 

Also I have a personal reasons to support Flicka. I was born in Soviet Union, a country that made a undeniable contribution to the history and further development of this sport. This is a sport I was involved since the age of 4. Gymnastics is a part of my life, my cultural heritage and a national pride. 

I certainly will do my best to support Flicka and to make sure that kids who want to learn gymnastics will be able to do this in North Vancouver. 

Boltenko, Anna

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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I have long been a supporter of track & field, and Flicka.

Bell, Don

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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"I endorse and support Flicka!"

My daughter and son also spent time at Flicka and I was a record setting long distance runner in High School.


I support Flicka in the new Harry Jerome

Heilman, Joe

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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 I will support Flicka and will work with you to find the best solution if I get elected. I am a mother of two little girls and would love to have an opportunity to join gymnastics in our city and my sister-in-law's daughter attended gymnastics classes at Flicka a few years back with good feedback. 

Hu, Tina

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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"...so carry on the fight. I personally strongly support youth sports and recreation and recognize the huge numbers that participate in Flicka's programs.  If I am elected you will have my support to have space allocated to Flicka in Harry Jerome."

Izatt, Kenneth

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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"I don't think it'd be realistic to move forward on a new 250 million dollar center and not emulate what west van community center offers their gymnastics community."

Jaberolansar, Alborz

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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 I will promise If I elected as your next city council, Flicka Gymnastics Club and its members has my full support. 

Tofigh, Thomas

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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I wont make an empty promise and tell you I can guarantee a brand new facility to accommodate everyone's needs; but I can tell you there's a happy medium the city can afford. 

Lobo, Aaron

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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 I had heard that Flicka would be relocating to the Mickey McDougall gym just up the road, but I was not aware that it was something that would be unsuitable for their needs. I have expressed to Flicka that I'm committed to working with them to find a positive solution. I agree that Flicka is an important part of the North Van community and we need to look at everything possible to ensure it stays here and can meet it's needs.

Mcilroy, Jessica

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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I was surprised when I found out that Flicka wasn't included in the project. It's not a decision I understand, and another in the long list of reasons to be concerned with the project. I have heard varying opinions on whether or not the project can be altered since it was approved back in July, but if there are opportunities to rework it in the future I would definitely support working to include groups like Flicka.

McCorkindale, Mack

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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"I support Flicka's position that they need a facility that services their needs."

I’m very supportive of seeing Flicka included in the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre.

Wilson, Antje

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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"The Harry Jerome project will be the highest priority project for the new Council.  Although the initial project decisions have been made, the new council will need to make a lot of planning, design and implementation decisions. Decisions should include measures to include Flicka Gymnastics Club in the project plans.  To ensure this measure is successful, Flicka Gymnastics Club also needs to be a Harry Jerome project stakeholder. Flicka (and other stakeholders) should be on a project stakeholder group, and should have the opportunity to provide ongoing feedback and support to the project.  As a planning manager and a project manager, if elected, I will have a unique opportunity to utilize my subject matter expertise in seeking a plan and design that is fair to ALL groups."

Shahriari, Shervin

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Well yes I do support Flicka and other sports programs. I'm only learning more and more of the layout for the new Harry Jerome and what space was designated to whom etc. 

 

It seems as though we need to look at the structure of the sports facilities portion. See how to better divide the space accordingly and work with the developer to change the layout. It is going to be a fight, but one worth fighting for. 

Thorburn, Brett

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Like you, I was shocked to learn Flicka had not been considered in the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Center at the recent North Van Sports Council All Candidates meeting. I am completely disappointed with our current council for not addressing the needs of this key group. As a Councillor I will work to find a suitable new home for Flicka. 

I am supportive of active lifestyles for all ages and will be an advocate to provide space for both Flicka .

Valente, Tony

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Polly, Ron

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Back, Holly

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Fearnley, Bob

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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McCann, John

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Jensen, Mica

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Sostad, Ron

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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Zahedi, Max

Candidate for Councillor, City of North Vancouver

Official Position On a New Home for Flicka at the New Harry Jerome Recreation Centre

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