BC & the Yukon Electoral Region
This region will elect three Councillors.
◄ Back to 2021 Council Elections
Read Scott's Statement
Hi everyone. It’s been an incredible honour to represent the members in the BC/Yukon region the past three terms. I first joined Council full of curiosity and a willingness to help out somehow. Since then, as a Councillor, and as your Council President these past four years, I’ve seen firsthand the difference our Association can make for its members, and I believe in it more than ever.
I’m running again to offer the knowledge and experience I know can help the next Council meet the challenges ahead. I want to find new ways to engage members and connect us from coast-to-coast-to coast, and I want help ensure that our members continue to receive respect and value for the art they make. But there’s more.
Our community is beginning to open up again, but the effects of the pandemic will be felt within Equity for a long time to come. Covid-19 has hit Association finances hard. This past year, Council has planted the seeds that will help Equity recover – to ensure that it will be there when we need it. I’m asking for your vote so I can help those seeds grow toward a fuller future for all of us.
Read Evelyn's Statement
Hello Equity Members,
My name is Evelyn Chew. I am running for Equity Council in the BC/Yukon Region.
I would like to thank Raugi Yu and Kerry Davidson for nominating me in this election. Their support has inspired me come forward to serve our community.
I have been a professional actor based in Vancouver for almost fifteen years. My education and career have been both challenging and enlightening. Experiencing and witnessing adversity has cultivated within me a deep sense of compassion and integrity. I am passionate about creating healthy work practices and I like to lead by example and with care.
Many of the skills I’ve developed have led me to provide peer support and mentorship; as well, I am an instructor to new actors. My connection to marginalized and neurodiverse communities have made me a champion for kindness, empathy, inclusivity and self-advocacy.
I am interested in supporting Council’s work in mental health support, being a more inclusive and anti-racist organization and providing education for safe and respectful workplaces. I am open to listening and learning.
I commend Council and the other candidates for their work.
Read Nick's Statement
Hello! I'm Nick Fontaine, an actor living in Vancouver, and I'm running for Council this year in the BC/Yukon Region. The pandemic has been extremely challenging, and we will need a strong labour organization to represent us as we return to work through 2021/2022 and beyond.
I hope to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of members as we heal this year; the engagement of new members that were trying to get their careers started just as the pandemic hit; and ensuring that performers have safe working environments as theatre programming restarts. We also can't let the pandemic distract us from continuing to push for more diversity and inclusion in our arts community - we were starting to make headway at the beginning of 2020, and we need to keep pushing.
Read Alexandra's Statement
There are a lot of new challenges and big decisions coming ahead for our association. We need an INTERGENERATIONAL and DIVERSE Council in order to lead a systematic change in Equity.
I'm asking for your vote because it’s my intention to be a contributor to this community which has supported me since I arrived in Canada from Guatemala. I want to serve YOU and help make the decisions that will be determining the future of the current moving parts between Equity and ACTRA.
The past eighteen months have hit our industry hard and Equity needs a team of Councillors that will help bring the association out of a financial setback, a team that will look at our current insurance plan and how it can work for ALL.
I want to be there to protect the members who have been at the receiving end of “covert retaliation” for speaking against abuse. I want to be there for the immigrants currently in theatre schools, for those who due to not working the eight weeks required per year, can’t ACCESS INSURANCE, and for those who have been silenced by power dynamics that are specific to our industry. I’m here because I’ve been there.
Read Monice's Statement
Hi my name is Monice Peter and what has inspired me to run for Council is simple. I am a curious individual who, much to the detriment of certain directors, asks a flurry of questions. My questions that I would be more than happy to wrestle with during my time on Council are: how do we close the gap on the precarious nature of our job? How can we secure some financial resiliency? What steps can we put in place that help us plan for our futures rather than live paycheck to paycheck?
As an association of members in the live theatre realm, can we come up with a system that pays us dividends? I am also interested in the continued conversations around access to mental health tools, access to safe and brave working spaces and, I support the elimination of 6-day work weeks and 10/12s.
After being a member of Equity for over 10 years, having worked on big festival stages, co-founding a theatre company (Ellipsis Tree Collective), and acting in indie theatre productions here, I would consider it a great honour to represent the members of this region. .
Read Munish's Statement
Hello, my name is Munish Sharma and I am running for Equity Council in the BC/Yukon Region.
My reasons for running are simple. The first reason is that I wish to challenge myself to become a stronger community member. I’d like to step up a challenge myself to be better. The second reason is that someone believes in me. Chirag Naik, who nominated me, has been a very encouraging supporter and integral in my taking this step forward.
Two qualities that I know will make me an effective member of the Council are listening and observing. It’s important to understand where we are and how we’d like to grow and that requires focus and focus requires one to listen and observe.
My focus as an Equity member will be Artist Wellness, Climate Action, and Indigenous representation. There is a connective thread that runs through these matters and I will assist in nurturing the growth of these areas in our association.
Regardless of the outcome, I applaud everyone that has stepped up to run for Equity Council and I will continue working towards becoming a better community member no matter what the capacity. Thank you.
Read Raugi's Statement
Hi everyone! Raugi Yu here. I am one of three Councillors representing the membership for the BC/Yukon region. It has been my privilege.
For the past 4 years I have been on an amazing journey. Working with likeminded artists from across the nation, keeping our Association strong and alive. Listening to our membership, to hear your concerns and advocate for your rights and safety.
I’m running again because we need to continue to have diverse voices at Council. There are experiences in our industry, in our communities that are unique to BIPOC artists. I can help bring those experiences forward. Being on Council, I have witnessed great acts of compassion, seen how people use their knowledge and intelligence in the most positive and healing ways.
Live Theatre is opening up. We are working together in physical spaces again. It is exciting, inspiring and needed.
I have also seen pain, fear and abuse in our communities. I have often felt alone. What I learned on Council is that together we can change it and eventually eradicate it. I’m asking for your vote so that I can continue to be part of the whole, where I can possibly make the most change.