Tara Shushtarian


For the past twenty years I have been a strong advocate for climate and social justice and have been a core team member with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Dogwood Initiative and Force Of Nature Alliance. I have worked on several campaigns like the BC Poverty Reduction Plan, which has been adopted into legislation; Climate Emergency Declaration in Municipalities; All On Board for accessible, affordable transit; and the referendum on electoral reform in BC. My recent involvement with Fair Vote Canada  has amplified the need for a citizen’s assembly and proportional representation  at the municipal level. I also did a two year stint with the BC Centre For Palliative Care as a South Asian advisor for their Advanced Care Plan. I am currently on the Environment Committee for Burnaby Council as a resident representative, and have been elected to the board of Fair Vote Canada. A cinema aficionado, I am on the board of the NewWest Film Society.

With the various crises the world faces, be it climate catastrophe, burgeoning inequalities and  the dire pandemic we are living through, we need urgent action and renewed  energetic trajectory changes. My canoe has left the bank on the river of reconciliation. I continue to grow and learn about indigenous rights. Along with my activism I have worked as a translator, teacher, mortgage consultant  which has always allowed me to bring different perspectives, skills and viewpoints to the table. I have good analytical skills and  am a team player fostering relationships through an alliance with environmental social  and racial justice.