Elected in 2014, Jeremy is passionate about making Victoria more affordable, sustainable, and vibrant. He is drawn to local politics because of the concrete nature of the decisions that need to be made and by a deep love for the City of Victoria. He has found each day as a Councilor challenging and rewarding, driven by the belief that Victoria can be one of the greatest small cities in the world and that our residents have the ideas, drive, creativity, and passion to make it happen. In 2017, Jeremy was selected as a Vanguard Fellow with Next City, a prestigious position for urbanists and city builders under the age of 40. Jeremy has served on the Board of the Young Entrepreneurs Society since 2016.
As a City Councilor, Jeremy has been an active and effective voice for Victoria residents. In his first year on council, he created the Urban Food Table committee, a group that provides leadership to the City of Victoria regarding local food system sustainability. Jeremy also created the Accessibility Working Group, an official City of Victoria advisory committee of people living with disabilities.
As a renter himself, Jeremy understands the vital importance of housing affordability and the crisis that has been created for renters in Victoria. In June 2017, Jeremy introduced a temporary moratorium on the demolition of rental units until greater protections for renters could be developed by the City.
Jeremy is perhaps most well known for using his award winning spoken word poetry to speak out about important issues. In 2014, he made headlines around the world when one of his videos advocating against gender violence went viral online. He is the Founder and Director of Victorious Voices Youth Arts Festival and was the champion of the City of Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Program; the first of its kind in Canada.
Jeremy is action oriented and leads collaboratively. You can often find him riding his bicycle, working with youth, or meeting with residents in local coffee shops. Jeremy grew up in James Bay, currently lives in Fernwood, and holds a degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
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