Lois Chan-Pedley

Name

Lois Chan-Pedley

Jurisdiction (Please indicate your municipality, regional district, or trust area)

School District #39: Vancouver

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Green Party of Vancouver

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?

Around $15mil. Yes, I would advocate for an increase wherever possible.

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 believe arts, music and culture nurture the creativity and problem-solving skills that our children need to succeed. It helps widen our perspective to experiences outside of our own. It also has the power to deepen young people's connection to the community by fostering a sense of belonging.

Cultural Growth

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

If elected as a Green School Board Trustee, I will advocate for increased investment in arts and cultural programs from the province. I would also push the school board to communicate with parents, guardians and the wider community on the importance of these programs.

Cultural Spaces

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

I will push for more spaces to showcase student artwork and community art projects; connect local artists and musicians with students so experiences and knowledge can be shared; invite artists to work and showcase their art on school sites. Many of our communities have strong multicultural + Indigenous connections and traditions which should be proudly showcased.

Cultural Tourism

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

Create inviting, inclusive spaces for art. As an able-bodied young adult I was able to enjoy more arts and cultural events, but now with young children my anxiety about "breaking stuff" or "messing things up" makes it much harder to participate in events around town. We need to remove barriers to visitors and participants.

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

The school district can offer space for artists and cultural workers, as well as opportunities to work and connect with students + community.

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 lack of a cohesive strategy on arts, culture and heritage. Part of the answer will hopefully be the Creative City Strategy. If elected as a school board trustee, I will push for art/cultural/heritage exposure + participation to be key components of any student success strategy.

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 used to attend many concerts before having kids. Now my preference/habit is to attend day-time events which are child-friendly. I also work with arts nonprofits in my day job so I understand some of the behind-the-scenes processes of managing events, artists, venues, etc.

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.

Green School Board Trustee Candidates are in full support of arts, music and culture as part of the school curriculum because we know how important it is, especially to young people who feel a little lost in this increasingly expensive, divided city. We believe it has the power to heal and bring communities together by giving voices to the marginalised and vulnerable. Doing so on our public spaces like schools and parks help demonstrate a commitment to arts and culture. Thanks for reading this far!