Community Conversations on Local Issues

Over the coming months the Speaking of Vancouver series of community forums will provide opportunities for Vancouverites to speak up about timely and topical issues impacting our city and its residents and neighbourhoods.

Sarah Kirby-Yung

Vancouver City Council
Sarah Kirby-Yung

Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung is serving her first term City Council and is past Chair and Commissioner on the Vancouver Park Board. She is committed to a livable and vibrant Vancouver, and has advocated for permitting improvements, quality key city services and summer patios. She champions small business, housing, people-focused public space, protection and expansion of parks and green space, and believes arts and culture are a vital part of a great city. Her experience includes senior management roles in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Lisa Dominato

Vancouver City Council
Lisa Dominato

Councillor Lisa Dominato was first elected to City Council in 2018, following a one-year term as a Vancouver School Board trustee. She has played a key role in restructuring the VSB’s governance framework, introducing live-streaming for VSB meetings, garnering support for a provincial student-centered mental health strategy, and initiated discussions on fast-tracking the building and seismic upgrading of local schools. Her experience includes several senior management positions with the Government of BC, specializing in social policy.

Rebecca Bligh

Vancouver City Council
Rebecca Bligh

Councillor Rebecca Bligh is a leader in her community and a passionate supporter of families, small business, and the environment. Along with being a first-term city councillor, Rebecca’s professional background includes facilitation and executive development on skills related to emotional intelligence, communication and leadership. Her volunteer work includes providing pro-bono executive development for the Dr. Peter Centre and Dr. Peter Aids Foundation, along with past fundraising and traveling to provide leadership training in education and conservation foundations in Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Join us for our next Virtual Forum
Monday, April 25 | 6:30-8:30 pm


Join Councillors Dominato, Kirby-Yung and Bligh for a forum and open discussion on housing possibilities in Vancouver. Moderated by Lynda Steele, you’ll hear perspectives from panelists Jake Fry, Mary Pynenburg and Jordan MacDonald and a live conversation with the panelists and host councillors. This session is designed to create positive conversations about housing typologies and choices that could contribute to diversifying Vancouver’s housing mix.


Lynda Steele

Lynda Steele is a veteran broadcaster in Western Canada. Most recently the host of The Lynda Steele Show on CKNW radio, she was also host of the popular consumer segment Steele On Your Side on CTV Vancouver, and was 6 o’clock anchor and senior producer at Global Edmonton for 20 years. Lynda is currently a news commentator and weekly columnist for TheOrca.ca.


Jake Fry

Jake Fry is the founder of Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing Inc. and a strong advocate of laneway housing and affordable options for single-family home ownership. He has worked with the City of Vancouver and other municipalities to help develop zoning by-laws based on his experience with hundreds of small home clients. Jake’s team is committed to building small but also sustainably, by blending innovative techniques, modern building science, and Flat Pac with hand-built finishes and millwork. In 2012, Jake was one of two founding directors of the non-profit society SmallHousing BC.

Mary Pynenburg

Mary is trained as an architect and urban planner. She has spent most of her career as a project manager, director of design and construction or director of planning.

Jordan Macdonald

Jordan MacDonald is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of fabric living, a Vancouver-based development company that focuses on multifamily projects in vibrant, amenity-rich communities.

Jordan’s role at fabric includes sourcing new acquisition opportunities, creating and nurturing strategic partnerships and envisioning fabric’s future. His mission to live purposefully, and with passion, is at the core of fabric living.

Jordan has a proven track record of success, having co-founded two profitable ventures including Caulfield Rock, a value-add real estate development firm and Frontline Real Estate Services, a leading multidisciplinary commercial real estate brokerage firm.

In his early career, Jordan was an award-winning commercial property sales and leasing agent with Cushman & Wakefield Vancouver. During this time, he was responsible for brokering transactions across a broad spectrum of asset classes including, industrial, office, retail and development land.


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