Wanda Mulholland of Burnaby, BC, was nominated by MP Peter Julian
Wanda Mulholland has been advocating for a continuum of housing, services and supports for Burnaby’s vulnerable living in extreme poverty since 2004. In 2005, she collaborated to found the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness, a network of diverse stakeholders planning solutions for Burnaby’s homeless. She forged strategic alliances and partnerships between non-profits, the faith community, schools, community groups, businesses, the Burnaby Board of Trade, the City and residents to educate and establish homeless initiatives in Burnaby. She was a founding member that created and implemented services to the homeless that provide access to medical care and services. She coordinates and helped design a weekly drop in service providing free food, clothing and linkages to services for the extremely poor. Wanda has been recognized for her dedication, receiving Burnaby Local Hero Award for her work on homelessness (2007) and is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby has been established by the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness to build sustainability, to provide leadership in the reduction and ultimately, resolution of homelessness in Burnaby. The Task Force continues as the collaborative strategic planning table of the Society. Wanda the Society Coordinator is committed to non-partisan collaborative approaches and solutions to homelessness in Burnaby.
Samara’s Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.
Everyday Political Citizen (EPC) is an annual contest that profiles ordinary people who make Canadian democracy stronger. The Everyday Political Citizen contest celebrates Canada’s advocates, educators, organizers, mobilizers, volunteers and politicos whose work gives life and energy to our democracy.
Every year, Canadians like you are invited to nominate inspiring and hardworking individuals from communities across the country. The nominees are showcased on Samara’s blog and social media channels. Then, a jury of prominent Canadians select winners in three age categories: Under 18, 18-29 and 30+.
Since 2013, over 1,000 Canadians have been recognized for working in big or small ways to make their communities better and Canada’s democracy stronger.
This year’s jury includes prominent Canadians such as political satirist Rick Mercer, director and writer Buffy Childerhose, Senators André Pratte and Douglas Black, and columnist and activist Desmond Cole, as well as last year’s contest winners.