Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes Announces his campaign for the Vancouver City Council

Posted by Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes, August 20, 2018

Hamdy El-Rayes

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Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes Announces his campaign for the Vancouver City Council

Vancouver – Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes, MBA, Ph.D., Chair of El-Rayes Foundation, and Director of H.R. Mental Wellness Centre (part of El-Rayes Foundation) announces launching his election campaign for the Vancouver city Council.

“I am happy to announce today I am kicking off my campaign for a Councilor in the City of the Vancouver. If elected, I will work to make Vancouver more affordable, livable, and drug-addiction free city. I will establish a prevention program to eliminate drug addictions in eight years, and make it a model for other cities to follow,” said Dr. El-Rayes. “I lived in Vancouver in the past three decades, have worked as a consulting engineer on improving the environmental quality in the Lower Mainland and other parts of Canada and the USA.”

“In the past 13 years, I have served thousands mental illness and addiction patients in the community through H.R. Mental Wellness Centre without any funding from the City of Vancouver, governments, or corporations.”

Dr. El-Rayes had been a university educator in the USA and Canada. He led his environmental firm in Vancouver (El-Rayes Environmental Corp.) which pioneered projects to improve environmental quality in North America. He served as a manager of Businesses and Community Services at Metro Vancouver, and taught and helped develop graduate environmental engineering program at BCIT. He also worked as Director of the Pollution Prevention Institute at Kansas State University.

The housing crisis and drug addiction problems in Vancouver could lead to significant rise of homelessness among low-income workers, ruin the work and living environment, and make living in Vancouver unaffordable for most businesses and professionals.

“I am running for the council because there are better ways to address Vancouver housing crisis and the transportation gridlock; the issues concerning drug addictions and homelessness; and protecting low-income tenants and seniors from reno-evictions/demo-evictions,” said Dr. El-Rayes.

“My campaign will be independent of any political party, but I want to engage progressive candidates and organizations to seek solutions to the housing, drug addiction, and transportation problems facing Vancouver residents,” said Dr. El-Rayes. “We need to work together to resolve these issues and I hope Vancouver voters will support my bid to become a councilor.”

“If we want to bring the most qualified and brightest among us to serve on the city council, we need to reform election campaign funding, and put a two term-limit for elected official to serve.” He added.