Stuart Mackinnon is active in parks and green space issues, with a focus on access, preservation, and conservation. He has sat on the boards of many non-profit organizations including Axis Theatre, the Wilderness Committee, Follow Dr. Norman Bethune to China, and SPEC (the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation).
From 2008-2011 Stuart was an elected Vancouver Park Board Commissioner representing the Green Party of Vancouver. He also served as a Trustee of the Vancouver Public Library (2008-2010).
In 2012 Stuart became a Governor of the Vancouver Botanical Garden Association (VanDusen Gardens/ Bloedel Conservatory), where he served as the 2nd Vice-President until being re-elected to the Park Board.
Re-elected in 2014 as a Park Board Commissioner, Stuart has served as the Liaison to Champlain Heights, Britannia, and RayCam CCAs, as well as to the Cultural Communities Advisory Commitee. In December 2017, Stuart was elected Chair of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.
Stuart has been a public school teacher for 28 years and is currently the Special Education Department Head and School Based Resource Teacher at Killarney Secondary in Vancouver.
Stuart is a Dragon Boat racer with the Conquering Waves team. He lives, works, and shops in the Fraserlands neighbourhood in southeast Vancouver.
Vancouver’s natural beauty is worth protecting. Our children not only need places to play, but also places to enjoy and explore nature. We all need places of tranquil refuge from our busy lives.
Residents know what they want from their parks and recreation facilities. Community centre associations know best what their members want in programming. That's why for the past four years Stuart has been working on a stronger partnership between the Park Board and community organizations reflecting these values.
The need — and the desire — for more public spaces will continue to increase as Vancouver densifies. To ensure a healthy city, our citizens need vibrant public spaces. Stuart has been working toward accesible spaces for everyone, regardless of age, income, gender, or ability.
For the past 4 years, Stuart has been at the forefront of prioritizing infrastructure renewal. Over the years our recreational facilities have been neglected: neighbourhood outdoor pools have been closed; community centres have deteriorated; and too little money has been reinvested. Many community centres need to be replaced but not enough money has been allocated in the City’s Capital Plans.
Stuart has been working for better parks for 20 years. He wants to continue to work on your behalf but he needs your help. Flyering, word-of-mouth, and donating are ways of helping achieve our goals. If you want to help Stuart e-mail him at:
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