City Council Candidates
Ruby (she/her/hers) is a noted community leader who brings extensive experience in intergovernmental relations and community organizing. She works at Simon Fraser University as Director of Advancement & Alumni Engagement for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In previous roles with the City of New Westminster, Ruby built partnership agreements that funded projects such as Westminster Pier Park, Sapperton Park Playground, Century House enhancements, the Sapperton Sewer Water Separation work, and numerous arts and cultural programs. Ruby currently serves on the boards of Fraserside Community Services, Massey Theatre, and the New Westminster Police Board.
Ruby believes we need to prioritize affordability, especially secure housing for working families, marginalized communities and people with complex care needs. She advocates for fairness, and access to public spaces, recreational space, transportation, food systems, facilities and amenities for everyone.
Ruby lives in Sapperton with her husband Jason, their teenager, and their dog Coco.
Chinu Das (she/her/hers) was elected to City Council in 2018, after spending over 30 years dedicated to families in New Westminster. Chinu was born in India, where she completed her Bachelor and Master's Degree before coming to UBC to complete a PhD in Community and Regional Planning.
While raising her family in the Moody Park neighborhood, Chinu filled many volunteer roles, leading the PAC at her kids' school and as team manager for many soccer, lacrosse and hockey teams. She lobbied for the rebuilding of Moody Park Kiwanis pool, a new high school and a welcome centre for newcomers. She went on to serve families as Community School Coordinator at Lord Kelvin Elementary, as Manager of Multicultural Services and as Planner of Strategic Priorities at United Way.
On City Council Chinu has chaired the Land Use Planning Committee, Seniors Advisory Committee and Multiculturalism Committee. She is a strong voice for seniors, newcomers, children and families across New Westminster.
Tasha (she/her/hers) is proud to be raising her young family in New Westminster, and hopes to help hold the door open for other families and for those who want to be able to stay in our community.
Throughout her career, she has worked on and managed complex projects alongside non-governmental agencies, Indigenous communities, and local municipalities - tackling issues like poverty, housing and equitable policy development. Now she hopes to take that experience to the council table.
Tasha believes cities are often underestimated in their ability to make a large impact, and she looks forward to serving as part of a team that believes in the power of local community.
Bereket Kebede (he/him/his) is a community organizer who has lived in New Westminster for the past seven years. He was born and raised in Ethiopia and currently lives in the historic neighborhood of Queensborough with his wife and children. Bereket is a strong advocate for public transit as vital to urban growth and environmental sustainability.
He is the former president of the Ethiopian Community Association of BC, the former director of the Co-op Community Radio, and the Executive Director of the Ethiopian House Project. He also serves on the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association board and the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC board. Bereket is excited about promoting New Westminster’s rich cultural diversity and beautiful parks. One of his favorite places is the perimeter trail of Queensborough, where he and his wife enjoy evening strolls.
Jaimie McEvoy (he/him/his) is an incumbent city councillor who lives in the Ginger Drive/Victoria Hill neighborhood. This past term he has prioritized affordable housing, responding to the pandemic, and climate change.
Jaimie believes in a smart and compassionate city that addresses its challenges with thoughtfulness and caring. Jaimie hopes to be re-elected to continue the work of building a compassionate and revitalized city. A city that supports affordable housing, including for those who need it most. A city that continues to prevent renovictions and demovictions. A city that works to end homelessness.
Jaimie wants to continue to revitalize New Westminster. Alive, active, diverse, green, a city for everyone.
Nadine Nakagawa (she/her/hers) is an award-winning organizer and activist who has served one term on New Westminster City Council.
She is known in the community for her passion for affordable housing, reconciliation, public spaces, and public engagement. Nadine owns a consulting company and also coordinates a campaign school focused on underrepresented people running in local elections.
Nadine lives in the Brow of the Hill neighbourhood with her cats Bill and Moo. She is a creative writer, curls at the Royal City Curling Club, and is trying to learn more about local plant life.