Angel Elias has announced her intention to run for Mission council in the 2022 municipal election.
She describes herself as an experienced community leader with a breadth of knowledge in local community issues, business planning and program management.
Elias says she wants to leverage that expertise into a leadership role at the city.
“It is such an incredible honour to be an integral part of this community, and I have drawn much professional inspiration from some of the great individuals I work alongside,” Elias said.
“They have not only ignited my desire to work harder, but made me want to continue offering service to my community.”
She says she has a proven record of competence and commitment, the necessary interpersonal skills to connect with the community, and an objective and critical mind.
Elias said she has firsthand knowledge of the business and non-profit sectors, sports, education and healthcare – but the social sector is where her priorities and passions are.
She has been the executive director of the Mission Hospice Society over the last few years, responsible for providing end-of-life care and grief support to the community.
The work has given her a close-working relationship with Fraser Health, and a number of businesses and non-profit organizations, Elias says, noting these partnerships would be “beneficial when advocating for imperative health care needs in our community.”
The City of Mission needs to seek funding from the provincial government for more mental health services, Elias said, and there are new opportunities to support community-led initiatives.
“I am a strategic thinker with the ability to deal with a variety of complex issues. Always acting with consistency, regardless of my audience, I do pride myself on being open minded and approachable. “
The municipal election is five months away, and will be held on Oct. 15. She is the second candidate to announce a run, the first being Dustin Hiles for mayor.