Executive director of the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island

Blaney seeking federal NDP nomination

Having lived in the region for almost 20 years, Blaney has enjoyed raising her family and now seeing her grandchildren grow up locally

Rachel Blaney, the executive director of the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA), is seeking the nomination for the federal NDP representing the North Island-Powell River riding.

“I am excited to have a chance to work for the people in this area,” Blaney says. “I am honoured by the encouragement and support I have received and hope to build on it as I work toward the nomination. I am looking forward to the opportunity for ongoing discussions about our country, the beautiful region we live in and the ways those two connect.”

Blaney said the time is right to put her skills to work for the region on a federal level, given the Federal Government’s recent stripping of environmental protections, drastic changes to immigration policy, lack of meaningful dialogue and negotiation with First Nation communities and lack of accountability to Canadians families.

Since joining MISA, Blaney has helped expand services throughout the North Island. In this role, she has brought federal attention to the region through her work on the Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Roundtable on Immigration.

“North Island – Powell River is a unique riding built of many diverse communities,” Blaney says.

“In my work and in my life, I have been an active participant in the region. I am proud that my family calls this riding home.”

Blaney is an active campaigner for healthy communities and believes that positive action to create economic opportunities, regional resource development, diversity, environmental stewardship, and thriving small businesses are vital to regional prosperity.

She has lived in the region for almost 20 years, has enjoyed raising her family and now seeing her grandchildren grow up locally.

For more information, contact Blaney at 250-830-8323 or through e-mail at rachel.a.blaney@gmail.com