Why I’m Supporting Brendan: Bryan Saunders

[Ed: This is the third in our series of posts from campaign team members. Next is Bryan Saunders, Publicity & Media Coordinator. If you are interested in an interview with Brendan, contact Bryan at BSaunders@BrendanVanAlstine.ca]

When Brendan first told me that he would be running for city council, it hardly came as a surprise.

After all, I’ve known Brendan for about 3 years now, and have always been awed by the passion that he has for his community.

Brendan volunteers for a number of organizations and festivals such as the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, the Kaleido Family Arts Festival and other Arts on the Avenue events.

He’s also a community leader on a number of important issues including the revitalization of the 118th Avenue area, the sustainable development of the city, and several cycling and transit initiatives.

As a social worker, he regularly works with and helps the homeless and youth at risk. He has a deep understanding of the issues affecting seniors, low-income families, and new immigrants and is always the first to stand up for them.

Brendan is also a respected figure in the LGBTQ community—both for his work with the Pride Centre of Edmonton as well as his work lobbying against regressive and discriminatory legislation such as Bill 44.

As I am very involved in my community myself, I’ve had the joy of working alongside Brendan on many different occasions and for many diverse causes. And—every time that I work with him—I never cease to be amazed by Brendan’s natural ability to build consensus and to engage and to inspire others.

Brendan is caring, genuine, and a leading light to all those around him and this is why he has my support.

BulletBryan Saunders, Publicity & Media Coordinator

Bryan is currently studying Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Alberta. He is also very involved in the arts community as a volunteer, administrator, and publicist. Bryan has collaborated with Brendan on issues including improving city transit; expanding cycling infrastructure; revitalizing mature neighbourhoods in the city core; and building safer, friendlier, more environmentally and financially sustainable communities.

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