Harv Puni

Name

Harv Puni

Jurisdiction

School District #38: Richmond

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Richmond Community Coalition

Funding

Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?

I would absolutely advocate for arts, culture, and heritage. As a comedic performer myself, I understand the value of Arts in our community.

Advocacy

If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?

Yes I would because I have two young boys in the school system who I would like to see involved with Arts & Culture. I have a vested interest in the education of my children and those of my neighbors and friends.

Education

Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

I will by advocating for the Arts at School Board Meetings and in my dealings and conversations with teachers, administrators, and support staff. I will lobby for a more diverse range of elective courses so that students have a broader range of post secondary options available.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

That is something I can better address once elected. However, I would hope to be able to bridge the gaps between School Board, Council, Mayor, Employees, and Citizens so that we can work seamlessly and in harmony.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

Yes I will. I will follow the money being allocated in annual budgets and make sure that cultural spaces are always kept in mind when allocating funds to the best of my ability.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

This question would apply more to council candidates, however the solution to improving cultural tourism is providing attractive content. And attractive content only comes with an investment in arts and our children with the creative minds for the future.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

By ensuring that their programs have the necessary funding so that it is viable for those employees to stay working in this city.

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

The issue is to keep the future generations interested in the arts and not just numbers. The post secondary institutions in the area have become so difficult to get in to that students have to abandon arts just to furiously study for exams to get in the door. The problem runs deep and is not a simple issue. For young people, they have been stressed to the limit trying to be accepted into our institutions and for older established artists the city has become out of reach.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

I work as a professional master of ceremonies and a comedian. I put on and promote numerous events that showcase local talent. I have worked on local radio and television for many years.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

If any voter has any question about where I stand on any issue they can email me hpuni@hotmail.com I am not a slick and polished veteran politician but I am a born and raised Richmondite who is genuinely concerned about my city and it's citizens. I am not an expert but I am a student and I believe the job of a Trustee involves constant learning and listening to the issues and concerns of citizens.