Andres Barker, B.A. (expected Fall 2004) municipal worker. Educated at Capilano College and Simon Fraser University. Born September 24, 1979 in New Westminster, B.C. Has been working for the North Vancouver Recreation Commission since 1999 and the Corporation of the City of North Vancouver since 2003.
Andres is a long-time resident of North Vancouver, having lived there since he was 4 years old. He attended elementary and secondary school there and also took some post-secondary training at Capilano College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his future plans are to attend law school, preferably at the University of British Columbia. Currently he is employed by both the City of North Vancouver as well as the North Vancouver Recreation Committee, a non-profit organization that organizes many aspects of public recreation in the city.
Andres' father was a social worker for many years and then a family counselor, and due to this he was raised to have an acute awareness for the conditions of the less fortunate in society and the conditions that occur to create these situations. He is a strong advocate of unions and believes that worker's rights are crucial to providing the meaningful standard of living that Canadians enjoy and take pride in. He also believes in preserving our universal health-care system and understands that the current crises if faces are not the result of the failure of the system itself but rather are the by-product of its undermining and neglect. Those things that many take for granted and would easily give up are sadly the very things that identify us as a nation and make us one of the greatest countries in the world. The Americanization of Canada, as noted through its commercialization and privatization, threaten to destroy our identity and our values, purely in the interests of the economic gain of a few.
Andres' interest in politics started when he was 18 when he became involved in political activism, attending such events as the WTO in Seattle in 1997 and various other protest events in the Vancouver area. Through this involvement he has seen first-hand that the discontent with the current trends in politics towards more conservative policies is not something that is opposed by just the fringe, but rather there is a strong, vocal movement made up of all walks of life who wish to enact change through peaceful protest.