shakeel gaya


shakeel gaya


Port Coquitlam

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)



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?



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, a good city needs physical infrastructure plus arts and culture !


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?

Advocating it at council meetings and urging the school boards

Cultural Growth

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

celebrating the festivals of different communities including Eid , Chinese new year etc

Cultural Spaces

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

Fighting for it in matters of town planning

Cultural Tourism

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

work with different stakeholders

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

working with the different stakeholders

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?

There is a lack of a central theater / center functioning as the cultural hub


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

attend and help in organising events

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.

New town planning must incorporate a well defined green space and cultural center