Dave Demers for Park Board

Elect Dave DEMERS to Vancouver Park Board


On October 20 2018, Dave hopes to become one of the 7 Commissioners entrusted with developing the vision and policies for our park and recreational facilities. Election Day is approaching fast and Dave needs your support.

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Meet Dave

Born on a farm outside Québec City, Dave has always been precocious in his field. Founder and president of the local garden club at 15, he is now 38 years old with nearly 25 years of experience. He was trained as a horticulturist near Montréal and interned in private gardens and botanical institutions in New York, Seattle, and Cape Town. He has done professional plant exploration in a dozen countries and has had his writings published and his lectures heard, in French and English, for a variety of audiences.

Long established in Vancouver, Dave is the Principal of his own design-build-maintain landscape company, acts as a plant consultant for architectural firms; assists local artists in their process and has been instrumental in starting the not-for-profit Vancouver Landscape Collective. The depth and nuances of his career have informed an acute interest in the middle ground where nature and culture meet.

Fuelled by a fascination for the natural world and sustained by broad and varied experience in the field, Dave is committed to ‘provide, preserve and advocate to benefit people, communities and the environment’. This is, after all, what he has always been preparing for.


Serving with Purpose

As a Commissioner Dave will work with colleagues to advocate for these key issues:


  • Actively integrate measures to ‘adapt to, mitigate and remediate’ climate change.

  • Revise the current “no net loss” policy to a “net positive” formula to expand green space.

  • Review and strengthen our horticultural and urban forestry standards.

  • Promote daylighting of streams and shoreline improvements within park development.

  • Develop a comprehensive program to sustainably manage dog waste.

  • Prioritize water conservation strategies within the parks system.

Increased Biodiversity

  • Promote horticultural practices that maximize ecological benefits with a focus on enhanced habitat for pollinators, water management, and climate considerations.

  • Prioritize design for greater green space connectivity to better accommodate wildlife movement.

  • Safeguard our remaining native vegetation by managing invasive species.

  • Implement standards for salmon-safe streams

Improve Accessibility and Community Partnerships

  • Fulfill the Board of Parks and Recreation’s commitment to undertake a colonial audit as part of prioritizing the reconciliation process with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

  • Mandate that all new facilities be universally accessible and offer gender-neutral options, and that older facilities be gradually retrofitted as such.

  • Complete new Joint Operating Agreements with all park partners.

  • Strengthen our collaboration with the Vancouver School Board on shared facilities and practices.

  • Prioritize safety and cleanliness in all public spaces.

  • Encourage the development of versatile and affordable ‘pocket parks’ to better serve communities.

  • Collaborate with community centre partners to support an increase in affordable, accessible childcare spaces.

  • Facilitate arts programming through greater community engagement in park board facilities and grounds.

  • Initiate a pilot project to allow limited alcohol consumption at select beaches and parks.

  • Limit commercial interests on park board facilities and grounds.

  • Instigate a complete review of park board by-laws


Donate today

The success of Dave’s campaign relies on your support. Every dollar donated will be directly invested in signs and flyers, videos and buttons. Even the smallest amount is a step towards his campaign goal. 

Contribution rules:
- Union and corporate contributions are prohibited.
- Only Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents residing in BC can donate.
- An individual can donate a maximum $1200 total per year to an elector
organization (e.g. Green Party of Vancouver).
- Any donation of $100 and over must be disclosed and reported by Elections BC.

For more details about donations to City Council and School Board campaigns, please visit: https://www.vangreens.ca/donate

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2018 Green Party Candidates

As candidate to Park Board, Dave is joined by incumbent Stuart Mackinnon and first-timer Camil Dumont. It is a slate of 10 candidates - 4 incumbents and 4 under 40 - that the Green Party of Vancouver vangreens.ca is presenting for this Fall’s elections.