Tyler Shymkiw

Biography


On November 15, 2014 I was elected to Council on a commitment to make Maple Ridge a safe and affordable place to raise a family. In my campaign, I prioritized bringing more commercial and industrial development to Maple Ridge, addressing homelessness and crime in our community.

I was born and raised in Maple Ridge. My parents moved to Maple Ridge because it was an affordable place to start a family, and I started life in a little brick-faced house right on Dewdney Trunk Road. Maple Ridge was an amazing community to grow up; a safe community rich with parks, sports, and adventure. Growing up I attended Laityview Elementary, Westview Secondary and Thomas Haney Secondary before moving on to University.

I started working in the Vancouver movie and television industry during my summers in high school. After high school I started my own company and continued to take on television and movie projects to put myself through University. Since then I completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in political science and currently am a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University. My academic work has focused primarily on public policy, civic engagement and public opinion.

After high school I joined the Board of Directors for the Friends in Need Food Bank. It showed me how much the people of a community can do for each other, as well as how many people in our community need a hand from time to time. A third of the clients the food bank services are under 18, and realizing this helped fuel my desire to make a meaningful contribution to Maple Ridge. I would go on to serve on the Board of Directors for eight years ending in 2012, the last three as Chair.

This same passion led me to get involved in politics. I volunteered, worked, and ran various campaigns for people I thought would help contribute to a better world. I also served for three years on the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services Commission from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, I felt I could make the greatest contribution to Maple Ridge by stepping forward and putting my own name on the ballot. This passion guides me in my efforts now as I work to move Maple Ridge forward as a City Councillor.

Councillor Tyler Shymkiw


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