Vancouver City Council Candidate, Member of Fresh Voices, a BC-based, youth-driven organization of immigrants and refugees
Any opportunity to make our democracy more representative, fair, and inclusive of diverse voices is an opportunity worth taking. I grew up, was persecuted, and eventually fled a country whose internal armed conflict is rooted in frustration with a democracy that works for some and not for the majority. I believe in Pro Rep because it is time that all votes are equal, and everyone’s voices are heard.
An immigrant from Colombia, Diego Cardona moved to Canada as a refugee in 2005.
Diego is one of the spokespersons for Fresh Voices, a BC-based, youth-driven organization of immigrants and refugees that helps make BC a better place for newcomer families, by helping to improve policies and practices that affect racialized immigrant and refugee youths’ sense of belonging in British Columbia, and Canada as a whole. He was most recently Programs Coordinator for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, where he managed services for marginalized youth, Indigenous youth, and young mothers.
In 2014, Diego received the National Terry Fox humanitarian award for his commitment to social justice, and in 2016 was named one of BC’s Top 10 under 20 by the Globe and Mail.