About Community First

Community First is a new electoral organization formed to support progressive candidates in New Westminster.

Our Purpose is defined as:

  • Identify and nominate candidates for local elections in the jurisdictions of the City of New Westminster and New Westminster School District
  • Fundraise to support the campaigns of nominated candidates
  • Coordinate campaign activities with and on behalf of nominated candidates
  • Work with and support elected officials of the organization between elections
  • Fulfill the obligations of an "electoral organization" under provincial legislation


Our Principles - values in action

Elected people are called on to listen and learn, to take action and make decisions. With these Principles we show some of the tangible actions, choices and priorities that we are committed to. 

1. Social, Economic and Environmental Justice

We work for social, economic and environmental justice. We prioritize equity, inclusion, anti-racism and anti-oppression in all forms, and are committed to every individual’s right to dignity and respect. We support workers’ rights to organize, make a living wage, and meaningfully participate in our community. We value a strong local economy and the contribution small businesses make to our city.

2. Reconciliation & Decolonization

We acknowledge the ongoing harms colonization has inflicted on Indigenous Peoples, and demonstrate our commitment to truth and reconciliation through ongoing learning and centering the voices of Indigenous peoples, especially the Halkomelem speaking peoples on whose territory we live, work and play on.

3. Climate Action & Stewardship

We commit to courageous action to address the climate crisis. We cherish and steward the land we live on and safeguard the waters that flow through our community.

4. Public Services

We believe in the public delivery of services people depend on and prioritize sharing the wealth and abundance of New Westminster through investment in public amenities across our community.

5. Social Democracy

We support social democratic values and principles. Members are encouraged to support the NDP to advance a progressive agenda provincially and federally.


Decision-making: how we work

We are a democratic organization committed to fairness and equity. The Founding AGM of Community First was held April 28, 2022, online. The 78 members in attendance reviewed, revised and adopted a set of Bylaws to govern the organization. The members also elected the first Executive Committee.

Executive Committee - updated October 2023

Chair Nancy Kato
Vice-Chair James Richardson
Recording Secretary Janice Meehan
Membership Secretary David Black
Acting Fundraising Chair Cheryl Greenhalgh
Youth Representative Jalen Bachra
Labour Representative Andii Stephens
Member-at-Large Debra Parkes
Member-at-Large Jennifer Moreau
Member-at-Large Jack York
Member-at-Large Karl Moser
Member-at-Large Cheryl Greenhalgh
Rep - City Council Jaimie McEvoy
Rep - City Council Tasha Henderson
Rep - School Board