A long time community advocate, Pete Fry is running for Vancouver City Council election October 14, 2017. Pete is self employed in strategic and creative communications, working with local small business as well as community and not-for-profit groups; and a frequent public speaker on issues of land use, heritage, and community.
Fry is a coordinator with Our Place at Ray-Cam developing and facilitating collective impact and land use strategies for vulnerable inner city families and youth, a board member of the City's Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee and a member of the Hogan's Alley Working Group community land trust subcommittee.
Fry was a community representative on the City of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan, a two year process that saw a socio-economically and culturally diverse group of DTES stakeholders work together on the future of that neighbourhood. Pete is former chair of the Strathcona Residents Association and led community response to land use and traffic impact surrounding potential viaduct removal, local fundraising efforts, and citizen empowerment in urban planning.
Inspired and frustrated by his experience on the DTES LAP, in 2014 Pete ran for City Council with the Vancouver Green Party. As an underdog in a well-financed competition, Pete ran a vigorous low-budget, grass-roots campaign on issues of development, community, poverty, and affordability. Collecting some 46,500 votes, Pete missed being elected to council but topped polls in Strathcona, Mt Pleasant and Commerical Drive. Fry received a number of high profile endorsements, and was recommended for council in the Georgia Straight editorial board’s “Straight Slate”.
An early adopter of computers in design, Pete is a self-employed graphics, web, and communications specialist. Over three decades, Pete has worked with hundreds of local small businesses, arts and non-profits, and volunteered his skills to support AIDS, food security, animal welfare, and cultural groups.
In 2015, Pete was certified by the National Design Charrette Institute—an internationally recognized collaborative facilitation technique he feels can better empower citizens in the planning and decision-making process.
Pete Fry has lived in Vancouver since immigrating to Canada as a child.
Pete and his wife live in Strathcona.