Darcy Vermeulen

He may not have known or understood it at the time, but when Darcy Vermeulen tackled an essay assignment on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in high school, he also embarked on a journey of social change. A member of the queer community and the Sponsorship and Event Lead with Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), Darcy has been engaged educating and empowering in the social change sector for the past decade. In his role with the DVBIA, Darcy enables access for arts and culture nonprofits by providing accessible spaces, facilitating community development, and administering grants. He has built on his ongoing engagement with the democratic process as a volunteer in the 2013 provincial and 2014 municipal elections. In 2015, Darcy co-founded the Turn Up Collective: a grassroots organization that activated young voters for the 2015 federal election. In his down time, Darcy unwinds outdoors skiing and indoors cuddling with his recently adopted rescue dog.