Zeni Maartman Wins NDP Nomination

Diane, Zeni, and ZeniOn Sunday, April 22, 2007, BCAA insurance manager Zeni Maartman was selected by members of the Nanaimo-Alberni New Democratic Party Riding Association to face Tory backbencher James Lunney in the next federal election. Pictured here immediately after the vote are Nanaimo city councillor Diane Brennan (left), who introduced Zeni to the nominating convention at the Parksville Community Centre, daughter Zeni Maartman (center), and NDP candidate Zeni Maartman (right). The two other contenders for the nomination, Ron Corbeil of Port Alberni and Nanaimo teacher Kip Wood, congratulated Zeni on her win and pledged to support her campaign.

Zeni Maartman is well known to many in Nanaimo both for her work at the Woodgrove branch of the British Columbia Automobile Association and for her longstanding community activism. Zeni has served on Nanaimo’s Social Planning Advisory Committee, the Nanaimo Women’s Business Network, the SAFER Downtown Nanaimo Project, the Social Development Strategy for Nanaimo, and the Reducing Homelessness Community Plan for Nanaimo. She is a member of the Tourism Nanaimo Board. She was a District 68 School Trustee from 1996-1999.

Zeni’s platform reads: “My vision for our riding is one that respects people and diversity, preserves the environment, and bases change on community participation. Social and environmental responsibility go hand in hand with a healthy, diverse economy.” In my opinion, she’ll make an outstanding member of parliament.

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