NELSON, BC, July 28 /CNW/ - Long time city worker and labour activist
Bev LaPointe has confirmed that she is seeking the New Democratic Party
nomination for Nelson-Creston, the provincial constituency currently held by
long-time MLA Corky Evans.
As an NDP candidate for Nelson-Creston, LaPointe says she would be a
forceful advocate for the environment and in building sustainable communities
through support for families and the local economy, advocating for better
housing, maintaining community resources, and encouraging growth of local food
LaPointe has served the Nelson area for nearly three decades as a
municipal worker and since 2005 has advocated for workers and community
services throughout the province in her capacity as general vice-president for
the B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), B.C.'s
largest public sector union.
Among her many progressive involvements, LaPointe is chair of CUPE BC's
environment committee, a member of the board of directors for Toxic-Free
Canada, chair of the board for the Kootenay Career Development Society, and a
member of the NDP's provincial women's rights committee.
Through her activism, she has also successfully negotiated numerous
collective agreements with local governments in the region, including the
Village of Kaslo, City of Nelson and the Nelson Municipal Library - agreements
that include summer student jobs, retired worker benefits, wages and health
In 2004, she received an honourable mention from Kootenay Coop Radio for
excellence in participatory democracy and outstanding public process for her
leadership in the high profile 'Strong Communities' public campaign aimed at
maintaining public ownership of Nelson's services.
LaPointe says it would be a privilege to follow in the footsteps of
Corky Evans, the veteran MLA and former NDP cabinet minister who has announced
that he will not be seeking re-election.
"Corky has represented this community so well and for so many years with
his passion, his principles, and his strong connection to the people," she
says. "He understands what makes communities work. In seeking this nomination,
I hope to continue his fine example."
For further information:
For further information: please go to www.bevlapointe.com or contact Bev
directly at: (250) 354-7320 or firstname.lastname@example.org