Running for the NDP in the Vernon-Monashee riding Barry Dorval says his passion is to support people and to work for better communities.
Dorval’s values are rooted in the modeling of his parents.
“They worked tirelessly to advocate for the poor and those who faced discrimination in our hometown,” he explains. “My desire to make a difference grew in my early twenties during my 7000 km solo bicycle trip through the United States when I spent time in an intentional community that fought racism in the southern states.
On my return home, I was inspired to work for peace and justice.”
Dorval’s interest in supporting vulnerable youth started when he began working as a child care counsellor in group homes.
“This lead me to my B.A. and B.Ed. (UBC) and a career in teaching. In 1999, I moved to Vernon where my wife Ann and I took teaching positions with School District 22. As a teacher I am privileged to witness the potential of youth and to support them with the challenges they face,” says the NDP candidate.
He continues to support youth as a board member and volunteer at MacKenzie Camp.
“In 2005 I left the classroom for four years to lead the Vernon Teachers’ Association and advocate full time for public education. I continue to work to make my community a better place, and my participation at Trinity United Church also gives me many opportunities to do this.”
The biggest issue for Dorval in the Venron-Monashee riding is affordability.
“MSP premiums, housing, rising tuition, hydro rates – these increasing costs are making it harder for my neighbours to get by. I look forward to working with John Horgan and my BC NDP colleagues to give the people of Vernon-Monashee a government that’s on their side and that will cut costs for them,” he says.
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