De Vries has a double major from the University of Victoria in Political Science and Geography. He focused on political and spatial economy as well as a formal concentration in Urban, Health, and Development studies which has equipped him to be an effective and tactical leader on council as well as his day job. De Vries works full-time as a Sr. Program Developer at the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food; he supports and advises the sector, teams within the Ministry, other Ministry’s, and the Minister on all things food and beverage processing to support our local food systems.
Reason for running
Serving Saanich residents as a councillor has been the honour of my lifetime so far. I have worked tirelessly and remained focused on outcomes and results. While I am proud to have achieved progress in making Saanich more affordable, livable, sustainable, and equitable, there is still more work to be done. As we face the five crises of city building—climate, housing, public health, equity, and infrastructure costs—I will continue to work hard for the people of Saanich.
Too many people are struggling to create their lives here. I was raised in a neighborhood with a wide range of incomes, backgrounds, and lifestyles. This bringing together of a mixture of people greatly enriched my life. I had access to a quality of urban life that was fulfilling and empowering; it enabed me to be creatice and to maximize what I did in life. I want to ensure Saanich is once again accessible to the mixture of people that are at the heart of what makes this place great.