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TANYA FINK

ABOUT ME

INCLUSION

 

RIGHT TO THE CITY

ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

SOCIAL CHANGE

 

I am a progressive policy planner with a deep sense of civic duty and concern for urban social issues. I am particularly interested in social justice, strengthening communities, assessing and mitigating community impacts, protecting community assets and achieving social change.  I specialize in an asset-based and holistic approach to urban resilience. I  value equity, inclusivity, collaboration, and strategic thinking.

I have over 10 years of experience working in non-profit sector and municipal government. I hold solid analytical, research, stakeholder engagement/facilitation, and project management skills. I have a sound understanding of complex community planning issues and of working with communities facing social challenges such as poverty, marginalization and homelessness. 

I was born and raised in east Vancouver with a BA in Sociology from UBC and a Masters in Planning from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.

I am committed to and passionate about participatory planning, working with communities facing complex challenges, and bridging the divide between local government and communities to find ways to make Vancouver and the  Lower Mainland, truly, for all. I am humbled every day to live and work on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. 

 

Training & Professional Development

Toastmasters Pathways: Persuasive Influence
Toastmasters Pathways: Persuasive Influence

Recent Training

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Graphic Facilitation
Graphic Facilitation

Recent Training

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IAP2 Public Participation Training
IAP2 Public Participation Training

Recent Training

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Public Sector Innovation
Public Sector Innovation

Member of Social Innovation Solutions Lab with Lindsay Cole

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The Mindful Team
The Mindful Team

Recent Training

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Understanding the Village
Understanding the Village

Experiential Workshop with Kathi Camilleri

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Impacts of Residential Schools
Impacts of Residential Schools

Recent Training

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Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples
Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples

Recent Training

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Financing Urban Growth
Financing Urban Growth

Recent Training

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City of Vancouver Projects

Vancouver Plan
Vancouver Plan

Resilience Lead

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Employment Lands & Economy Review
Employment Lands & Economy Review

Project Manager

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Broadway Plan
Broadway Plan

Tech Team Member

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Small Business Coordination
Small Business Coordination

Coordination Group Member

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Poverty Reduction Plan
Poverty Reduction Plan

Tech Team Member

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Community Economic Development
Community Economic Development

Lead on Framework Development

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Downtown Eastside Plan
Downtown Eastside Plan

Lead on Local Economy Component & Integration of the DTES Social Impact Assessment

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DTES Social Impact Assessment
DTES Social Impact Assessment

Project Lead

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Healthy City Strategy
Healthy City Strategy

Tech Team Member

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Community Development & Advocacy

Non-profit Board Work
Non-profit Board Work

Volunteer on Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, The Dugout and First United Social Housing Society Boards

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Volunteer Work
Volunteer Work

Volunteer

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Neighbourhood House Movement
Neighbourhood House Movement

Volunteer

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Board Development
Board Development

Volunteer

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Asset Mapping for Community Building
Asset Mapping for Community Building

Organizer

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BWIN Project
BWIN Project

Building Welcoming & Inclusive Neighbourhoods Lead

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Community Awareness & Education
Community Awareness & Education

Organizer

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Homeless Voices--Youth Edition
Homeless Voices--Youth Edition

Report Committee Chair

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Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House All-Candidates Meetings
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House All-Candidates Meetings

Organizer

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CommunityIMPACT Consulting

In 2016, I started CommunityIMPACT Consulting, a Vancouver-based planning consultancy committed to and passionate about exploring urban social issues and impacts through the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic. 

Project Examples

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CommunityIMPACT Consulting works to create vibrant, creative, safe, affordable and caring communities for the wide diversity of individuals and families who live in, work in and visit Vancouver, the lower mainland and beyond.

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CommunityIMPACT Consulting's goal is to create inclusive communities in which individuals and groups of community members are able to influence and change the structures that shape and govern their lives.

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CommunityIMPACT Consulting is humbled to operate on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.

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