VANCOUVER Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe on Wednesday announced the candidacy of Jay Jagpal for Park Board Commissioner and Sandy Sharma for School Board Trustee.
The others nominated for Park Board Commissioner were Casey Crawford, Sarah Kirby-Yung and Erin Shum. Penny Noble, Christopher Richardson and Stacy Robertson were also nominated for School Board Trustee
These candidates join City Council candidates George Affleck, Greg Baker, Elizabeth Ball, Melissa De Genova, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Ian Robertson, and Suzanne Scott, as well as incumbent Park Board Commissioner John Coupar and School Board Trustee Fraser Ballantye and represent the NPA’s slate of candidates for the November election.
“This slate offers voters an impressive, diverse group of people dedicated to giving back to their community,” said LaPointe. “Like me, they look forward to representing the city of Vancouver and I am excited to work with them in the coming months.”
As a teenager, Jay Jagpal volunteered at Vancouver’s Sunset Community Centre. He loved the experience and the centre’s contribution to the community so much that he is still an active member there.
Jagpal is involved in business and land development in the Lower Mainland. He works as a mechanical engineer at Olympic International Sales, where he sources and provides technologies from around the world for large private and public projects in BC, including hospitals, universities, schools and residential towers.
He has also worked internationally, including in Singapore, where he helped the transit authority optimize bus service, and in Germany, where he worked in research and development at a national laser-technology development center.
Jagpal has spent the last five years as an Ambassador for the Vancouver Board of Trade and as a member of its advisory committee for the Company of Young Professionals. He also volunteers with the local chapter of a global engineering association.
During the past decade, Jagpal has worked on election campaigns and helped create Under 40 professional engagement committees to help those under 40 years of age become more engaged in the political process. He spends his leisure time coaching youth and young professionals on personal development, goal attainment and maintaining work / life balance.
Jagpal is a graduate of UBC and BCIT and lives in South Vancouver with his wife.
Sharma has been extensively involved with Vancouver schools, both as a member of PAC Executive and the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council, where she served as Vice Chairperson. Sharma represented DPAC on several Vancouver School Board Committees, including the Mandarin Bilingual Committee and the Assessment for Learning Committee.
A licensed Associate Broker, Sharma has been involved with the city’s real estate industry for over 20 years, and owns and operates Westside Appraisals Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting company.
Sharma obtained her degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She currently resides in Vancouver.