A new political party has emerged on the scene in Burnaby: One Burnaby.
The party has an emphasis on public safety, community cleanliness and the expansion of TransLink services, including the SFU gondola.
Mike Hillman, incumbent independent councillor elected in 2018, leads the party with his experience on the city's public safety committee, parcel tax roll review panel and the Metro Vancouver task force on flood resiliency.
"With our RCMP, they need not only a new building, a safer building ... but they also need some support from Fraser Health to have a comprehensive approach to mental health issues," Hillman said in One Burnaby's campaign video.
Other candidates include Mona Grewal, owner of an interior design business with a diploma from BCIT.
Financial auditor and designated CPA Brea Huang Sami joins One Burnaby with ten years of experience in firms like KPMG and DMCL. She ran for the federal Burnaby South riding with the Liberals in 2021.
Mario Miceli, executive director of Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, brings business administration and executive experience to One Burnaby. Miceli worked at ICBC for about 20 years in a variety of positions including director of strategic development and director of business transformation.
Richard N. Liu was Canada's team attaché at the 2008 Paralympic Games, and a Canada team official at the 2022 Winter Games. Liu sits on Burnaby's Heritage Commission and the Barkerville Heritage Trust.
Richard T. Lee, former Liberal Party North Burnaby MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, previously worked at UBC'S mathematics department and TRIUMF lab, a particle research facility as a programmer analyst.
Local elections in B.C. will be held on Oct. 15 this year.