Shawn Hunsdale is motivated by a will to exchange ideas with members of his community. He is running for parliament to promote community-based economics, gender equity, and to increase individual access to government information and legal assistance.
At 24 years, Shawn has been a resident of Burnaby since age 7. He earned his Diploma in theatre from Douglas College in 2001, before completing a certificate in visual arts at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivieres the next year. He is presently working on a BA program in political science and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University.
Shawn has worked as both humour editor and copy editor at the university’s student newspaper, the Peak. He was recently elected as Member Services Officer on the executive of the Simon Fraser Student Society. He also sits as a Student Senator on the University Senate, and is one of two students elected to sit on the Board of Governors. In 1999, he participated in Canada’s national youth volunteer organization, Katimavik. Shawn has also engaged in language and literacy work, teaching English in Québec then French in Coquitlam, as well as language skills to migrant workers in Ontario and Québec. Shawn finds his work most rewarding when he can assist people unfamiliar with social institutions to find their way, and when any opportunity arises to work on achieving social, environmental, and economic justice.