April 5, 2019

Shauna Sylvester & Veronika Bylicki on Mentorship, Dialogue & Representing Lived Experience


Check out Shauna Sylvester’s profile on LinkedIn. Don’t be shy — she invited all Vancouverites to connect with her on the well-behaved social network for the 2018 Vancouver civic election.

It was one of a few memorable tactics Sylvester deployed during the endless campaign. Like having policy platforms, and speaking authentically about topics with which she had direct experience. Something definitely worked, because her independent run captured 20% of the vote in the mayoralty race, for third place.

The LinkedIn thing, by the way, is no joke. Because only by viewing it can you understand some of the breadth and depth of her leadership experience, over 40 years with organizations which literally make the world a better place, in how they operate or what they do (and often both).

To give Veronika Bylicki any less space and attention seems criminal, and yet it’s simply impossible to compete when, by comparison, you’re only a decade out of high school.

Bylicki has been impacting the world in a serious way for only one-fourth as long as her fellow alumnus of St. Patrick Regional Secondary School (Main & 10th). That said, City Hive is no small thing. The organization, which Bylicki co-founded, helps develop youth participants and leaders in public policy and civic processes, and works with government to ensure youth voices, needs and experience inform the shape of Vancouver’s future.

Sounds like the kind of organization Sylvester would aspire to be part of.

In a discussion that’s equal parts refreshingly positive, entertaining, and “where is this going”, Bylicki and Sylvester grapple with Gord on such topics as millennial media consumption, fake news in the 2018 campaign, why intersectional representation always matters, and what leadership looks like in a climate crisis.

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Vancouver mayoral candidate Shauna Sylvester is the centre of this interview by the cool dudes at Cambie Report.  The 2018 civic election is the topic (duh), and Ms. Sylvester ranges widely and in depth with Ian Bushfield and Patrick Meehan.

It’s a fascinating interview (1:02:11 in length), and it makes me wonder about something.

Apparently, political wisdom holds that an election campaign is no time to discuss policy — one of those diktats that all politicos know but no one is supposed to say out loud. Never. Ever. Recall the fatal media storm that fell upon Prime Minister Kim Campbell when she was accused of saying much the same thing during her 1993 campaign to retake the Prime Minister’s office in our Federal Government.

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It’s almost completely an NPA news day in the upcoming 2018 Vancouver civic election.  But the party scene is getting more interesting than that alone.

As a break from these routine lists, how about this goofy and completely made-up item:

Fantasy Headline:   Independents Form Affiliation to Govern City:

There are so many people running, splitting votes into sliver-thin segments, and so many as Independents, it’s remotely possible that Independents could dominate Council and take the Mayor’s chair.  Starting with credible, well-polling mayoral candidates Shauna Sylvester and Kennedy Stewart, and continuing to seven Council candidates (so far) including Adrian Crook, Rob McDowell, and 5 others.

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