For immediate release
July 31, 2018.
NPA School Board Trustee Lisa Dominato Statement on City Council Candidacy
VANCOUVER – Sitting NPA School Board Trustee Lisa Dominato issued the following statement today after being selected by the NPA Board to run for City Council.
“I want to thank my family, friends and supporters for urging me to put my name forward and for the opportunity to give back to the community.” said Dominato. “I have spent my entire career in public service and believe my track record of bringing people together to tackle complex public policy would be an asset on Council.”
“I’m committed to exploring ways to enhance the liveability of our city so that people of all ages can call Vancouver home today and in the future, and that we continue to be a compassionate city that takes care of its citizens struggling with housing, mental illness and addiction.”
In accepting her candidacy, Dominato committed to explore ways of addressing housing affordability and liveability by:
- Incenting home owners to voluntarily house an individual or family that is homeless.
- Incenting long-term home owners to offer affordable housing options to young people and middle-income families working toward getting into the market for the first time.
- Expediting building and development permits.
- Advocating vigorously for an expedited timeframe for implementation of ride sharing.
- Prioritizing public spaces, parks and community facilities for renewal, including integration of child care.
“I’m looking forward to working with Ken Sim and the NPA to develop a strong platform that will demonstrate a transparent and effective plan to make life easier for Vancouver citizens and people who want to live here.”
To learn more about Lisa Dominato go to: https://lisadominato.ca/about-lisa/
Dominato is the immediate Past Chair of the Vancouver Kettle Society, Board Director, National Institute for Child and Youth Mental Health (Family Smart) and sitting Vancouver School Board Trustee.
Lisa Dominato: 778-980-4422
“The Ministry of Education says it takes longer to get a school built in Vancouver than it does in other districts, and some members of the Vancouver School Board are hoping city hall will streamline that process by speeding up its approval of school development and building permits.
According to the Ministry of Education it takes about five years to get a school built in Vancouver. Of the five years, VSB staff and trustees report that it takes 12 months to approve a development permit for a new school and eight months to approve a building permit for a seismically safe replacement school.”
“A call is going out to help fast-track school upgrades and construction in Vancouver.
A Nexus-style approach to the approval process will be debated at Monday night’s Vancouver School Board meeting.
NPA trustee Lisa Dominato has tabled a motion to prioritize permits for reliable developers.”
“This week a 20-something fellow named Aaron Leung announced he was seeking a nomination to run for the Vancouver School Board. If elected, he said he would seek to “improve student access to mental health services.” His bid for school board dropped into my email box the same day 250 students and 40 educators from 18 Vancouver schools attended a “summit” at Sir Charles Tupper secondary school under the banner “Balancing our Minds.” (Last year, more than 2,000 high school aged kids attended five such meetings across the province.)
“A 6-3 vote by the Vancouver School Board Monday night means more high school students will have the training to work in health care.
As it stands, two students per year in the district are able to receive duel credit while they work as senior care aides.
The motion tabled by Trustee Lisa Dominato called for that number to rise.”
“Less than a week before National Child and Youth Mental Health Day on May 7th, a Vancouver trustee hopes she can convince the provincial government to develop an early intervention strategy for all BC schools.
Lisa Dominato says more than 80,000 children between four and 17 years old have mental health issues.
“In many cases, they will turn to their peers for help or to some of the teaching staff within the schools, so I think it’s time to be looking at things a little bit more holistically. We have pockets of excellence and great things happening, but what I want to see is a strategy that really ensures there’s consistencies.”
Dominato, who chairs Vancouver’s non-profit Kettle Society which supports adults living with mental illness, also has unanimous support from the BC School Trustee Association to lobby Victoria for support.”
“Keane Joya is pretty stoked on Ireland.
The plucky Grade 7 Lord Strathcona elementary student told the Courier as much while he and his classmates showed off research projects delving into different countries and cultures.
“My uncle is from Ireland and he always tells me cool stories and legends and facts from Ireland and he’s been there many times,” Joya said. “It’s cool to learn about facts and the things that happen in different countries.”
Long before discussing the Emerald Isle, Joya led Vancouver School District staff, trustees, planners and architects on a tour of his revamped digs on East Pender Street.”
“A Vancouver School Board (VSB) trustee has tabled a motion to increase the number of spaces for health care assistants in the district’s dual credit program.
The program has been organized in partnership with Vancouver Community College, and NPA trustee Lisa Dominato said it allows students to gain credits in high school and toward their post-secondary diploma.”
“2017 wasn’t a great year for the Vancouver School Board, given the instability among senior leaders, the inability of the district to hire enough teachers to fulfil the reinstated contract and the inanity of the reports finding bullying by trustees of board staff.
But there were bright spots — the election of an NDP government brought with it promises of more funding, the byelection restored democratic accountability and the money provided by the teachers’ contract eliminated an expected $12-million shortfall.”
“Teens stand in a line, poised and ready to run. Their partners sit cross-legged on the grass nearby with pencils and marking sheets in hand, ready to jot down the runners’ times the next six times they pass them.
This is the third time this school year the students will be participating in this activity—a timed six laps around the running track—as part of their fitness and physical-health evaluation.”