As a senior transportation planner at the City, I know there are solutions we can implement at the City level that can increase housing affordability, reduce our carbon emissions, and create healthier, more lively communities where residents are more connected and engaged. We just need to have the right political leadership - leadership that understands how the City works, what the opportunities and limitations are, and how to foster collaboration between different levels of government and between different departments within the City. I can use my understanding of how the various levels of governments work and how decisions are made to champion this type of leadership and to ensure we make decisions more efficiently.
Iona started her career in urban planning, with a focus on transportation planning, because she wanted to help make communities safer, more resilient, and more sustainable. Over her career she has worked on projects across Canada, with non-profit, for-profit and government organizations.
Some of her most memorable projects include leading a study on how to reduce exposure to traffic emissions, as well as developing the future transportation network for the Broadway Plan area.
Iona is used to juggling multiple balls in the air. In addition to being a parent to two young kids, for the last 5 years Iona has also managed her own small business (where she helps people reduce toxins in their home and offers a line of handmade, natural skincare products), while working full-time.
Reason for running
As an urban planner, Iona knows how the City is run and how decisions are made. She understands what is within the City's responsibilities and sphere of influence, as well as where there are opportunities for change.
She wants to use her knowledge and experience in municipal planning to help Council be efficient and enact progressive policies that lead to concrete actions, and that are inclusive of those often under-represented.
Iona believes that we need to rethink how we plan and design our neighbourhoods, and build trust within communities so that the voices and experiences of under-represented groups, including women, LGBTQ2S+ communities, Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, people with disabilities, and low-income households, shape the future of Vancouver.