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December 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join Women in Architecture (WIA) for an evening of mixing and mingling on Thursday, December 8th at our annual Winter Social!

We are thrilled to announce that Canadian social justice activist and former City councillor, Jean Swanson will be joining our festivities as a keynote speaker. In line with this year’s WIA theme – Accountability in Architecture – Jean will share her perspective and professional insights, opening the floor for discussion on architecture’s role in poverty, affordability, and in creating equitable environments.

When: December 8th, 2022 at 6pm – 8pm

For entry, please arrive by 6:30pm

Where: Integra Architecture | 200 Granville St #2330, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4

$5 Registration fee, includes entry and refreshments.

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This venue is Accessible – email [email protected] with any questions

THANK YOU: to Integra Architecture for hosting the event and to Jean Swanson for speaking!

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About the Speaker, Jean Swanson:

“Jean Swanson has been an anti-poverty and social justice activist for over 40 years in Vancouver and across the country. She was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2018, where she has introduced motions for tenant protections, rent control, social housing, free transit, workers’ rights, anti-racism, safe supply, decriminalizing poverty, and more.

In 2016 she was awarded the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for “her long-standing devotion to social justice, notably for her work with the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.”

Some of her community work includes:

Carnegie Community Action Project (2005-2017). Working with residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to protect low-income housing and improve living conditions. Swanson has co-authored annual reports on the SRO hotel stock and rents.

Raise the Rates BC (2007-2017). Advocacy to raise welfare, disability, and pension rates in BC.

DTES Local Area Planning Process (2011-14). Swanson helped to make sure that the voices of the low-income majority were included in the DTES Local Area Planning process.

She is author of the book Poor-Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion (2001).

National Anti-Poverty Organization (1995-96), president. Swanson took leadership in challenging Canada’s neo-liberal turn in the 1990s, including Paul Martin’s 1996 budget that devastated social services.

COPE-NDP Unity Candidate for Mayor of Vancouver (1988), runner up to NPA’s Gordon Campbell.

End Legislated Poverty (1985), co-founder, coordinator. Advocated for policies that reduced poverty and inequality in BC.

BC Solidarity Coalition (1981-83), staff organizer. Opposed the BC government’s drastic cuts to public services and workers rights.

Hospital Employees Union (1980-83), research analyst.

Downtown Eastside Residents Association (1974-80), VP & Elected Secretary. Jean worked with Libby Davies and Bruce Eriksen at the DTES Residents Association (DERA), which made historic gains in protecting, empowering, and housing low-income tenants of the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown. “

(Source: https://www.copevancouver.ca/jean_swanson)


Integra Architecture Inc.
200 Granville St #2330,
Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4 Canada
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