A long time community activist, 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. 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.
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 narrowly missing 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 is seeking nomination in Vancouver-Mt Pleasant to better advocate for his community with regard to housing, affordability, health, education, and social services; and to promote the Green Party of BC, our principals and ideals.
Pete Fry has lived in Vancouver since immigrating to Canada as a child, and in the Vancouver-Mt Pleasant riding since the late 1980’s.
Pete and his wife live in Strathcona.