Raza Mirza ,

for coun­cil, City of Van­cou­ver

The Miracle - - Candidates Profiles Continued From Last Edition - Raza Mirza Phone:604.417.4994

Mirza, 33, has worked as a Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at a Van­cou­ver based tech com­pany, which helps gov­ern­ments and For­tune 500 com­pa­nies use tech­nol­ogy for com­pli­ance with poli­cies, and pre­ven­tion of fraud and cor­rup­tion. Mirza spent his early ca­reer work­ing for com­pa­nies like Mi­crosoft, Elec­tronic Arts and Ama­zon, and un­der­stand the im­por­tance of and chal­lenges in grow­ing the tech in­dus­tries in Van­cou­ver. It was when Raza joined Change.org, a com­pany with a mis­sion to “em­power peo­ple ev­ery­where to create the change they want to see”, that he re­al­ized the con­tri­bu­tion he could make to im­pact the di­rec­tion of hous­ing pol­icy. Mirza started his fight for a right to stable fam­ily hous­ing with Gen­er­a­tion Squeeze, rais­ing aware­ness about chal­lenges young peo­ple face, after his wife and he wel­comed their first daugh­ter. “Be­ing a par­ent changed my pri­or­i­ties. Stable hous­ing and a safe park, a school where teach­ers are less wor­ried about their own liv­ing sit­u­a­tion and hav­ing a fam­ily doc­tor took place of per­sonal goals.” Vol­un­teer­ing for Dog­wood, Mirza worked to raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of vot­ing, and cam­paigned to ban big money in pol­i­tics and the need for a cor­rup­tion in­quiry in Bri­tish Co­lum­bia. As a spokesper­son, and Direc­tor of Gov- ern­ment Re­la­tions, for Hous­ing Ac­tion for Lo­cal Tax­pay­ers (HALT) he also pushed the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress spec­u­la­tion and for­eign cap­i­tal in the Van­cou­ver hous­ing mar­ket. Mirza has been the Sec­re­tary for the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee for Econ­omy and En­vi­ron­ment (SCOEE) for BC New Demo­cratic Party (BC NDP) and a mem­ber of Non Par­ti­san As­so­ci­a­tion (NPA); he has vol­un­teered for Van­cou­ver Greens, and dis­cussed pol­icy res­o­lu­tion with Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada lo­cal EDA. Mirza is rec­og­nized, even by his fel­low can­di­dates, as a great rec­on­cil­ia­tor and his abil­ity to work across party lines makes him uniquely qual­i­fied to unite peo­ple to stand to­gether for Van­cou­ver. Mirza, a fa­ther of two, now rents a home in Mar­pole with his wife, a psy­chol­o­gist turned so­cial sup­port worker for peo­ple with spe­cial needs. His semi-re­tired par­ents also live with them to help off­set the high cost of child­care that most young Van­cou­ver fam­i­lies face to­day. You can find more about Mirza on his Face­book page ‘ Elec­tRaza­Mirza’ and fol­low him on Twit­ter at ‘@raza­mirza’.

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