Community leader, business owner, and psychologist Dr. Lisa Gunderson is seeking the Green Party of Canada nomination for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke in the next federal election.
Campaign to Elect Dr. Lisa Gunderson for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke
For immediate release
May 18, 2021
ESQUIMALT, BC - Community leader, business owner, and psychologist Dr. Lisa Gunderson is seeking the Green Party of Canada nomination for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke in the next federal election.
“As the Member of Parliament for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, I will advocate providing more access and opportunities in our economy, support affordable housing, fight for racial equity, and commit to quality healthcare and the environment,” says Dr. Gunderson.
“Politics is an avenue for significant, sustainable change that makes a true difference in our lives. One of the things this campaign is dedicated to is creating, cultivating, and supporting spaces for youth, Black, and other marginalized voices.”
Dr. Gunderson is deeply connected and committed to the people and communities around her, and stands up for social and racial justice and the environment. She founded One Love Consulting, which focuses on creating a more equitable and just society by providing consultations, training, and professional development opportunities. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Gunderson has a long record of community service, including as a member of multiple ethnic, parent, and civic organizations. She has an active role with the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), Saanich Council’s Planning, Transportation, and Economic Development Advisory Committee, and the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.
She is also a former board member of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Center Society, AHAVI representative to the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee, and served as a school representative to the Confederation of Parents' Advisory Councils of Saanich.
Dr. Gunderson is a first generation African-American and Canadian immigrant of Jamaican heritage who lives in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke with her two sons and partner of 24 years.
The nomination meeting is scheduled for June 24th.
“I am fully supporting Dr. Lisa Gunderson to be the next MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. She has been an inspiring presence during our various projects and community initiatives. She is a graceful leader, and an honest mentor. I respect her dedication to anti-racism, creating equity, and connecting our communities.”
-- Parker Johnson, community organizer, youth mentor, and host of “This is Table Talk”
“I met Dr. G over nine years ago; first as her hairstylist, then as my graduate studies practicum supervisor at the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School and we work to amplify the voices of Black Youth in our communities.
I support Dr. G to be the next MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke because she is reliable, honest, and trustworthy. Dr. G has been an effective advocate for equity, racial justice, social justice, and amplifying youth voices.”
-- Nichola Watson, BC RCC, author, and co-founder of Girls/Femmes with Afro-textured Hair
“It is my honor to endorse Dr. Lisa Gunderson in the Lekwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ and T'sou-ke riding, otherwise known as Songhees/Esquimalt, Saanich and Sooke.
As an Indigenous woman and someone who has worked with our communities for over 20 years, I have been honored to work alongside Lisa and witness her kind and generous spirit, and the gentle ways she shares her many gifts with our children, families and communities.
Lisa has the rare ability to make real change happen, beginning with listening, and combines that important skill with her unique understanding and lived experience within multiple systems and organizational levels.
Please support Dr. Lisa Gunderson to be your next MP. She is as authentic as they come and cares so much about community and what that really means.”
-- Robynne Edgar, owner, herbalist and traditional medicine educator, Wild About Plants Incorporated
“I’m supporting Dr Lisa Gunderson to be the next MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. For 5 years, I had the privilege of collaborating with Lisa on some tough issues of racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Lisa is an incredible communicator, and she’s the best listener I know. She has a gift of paying very close attention to what people have to say, and making people from every walk of life feel like they’re the most important person in the room. It’s because she cares and she is the real deal.”
-- Scott Treble, Saanich resident, retired police officer
“I’m supporting Dr Gunderson to be the next MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. One of the many reasons I’m supporting Dr Gunderson is because I know she is committed to listening to all voices, including the voices of youth, which have traditionally been excluded from politics. She is a compassionate and collaborative leader dedicated to helping us build a better future.”
-- Kate O’Connor, former BC Green MLA candidate for Saanich South, Starfish Canada 2020 Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25