Get to know a constituent: Dollina Stewart

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How long have you lived in Burnaby North? 7 Years.

What changes have you seen over this time? Buildings coming down and apartment buildings going up, new stop signs at dangerous intersections, and better bus service.

What’s your favourite thing about Burnaby North? The local businesses are friendly and the people are friendly too.

How did you meet your MLA? During my practicum. I was excited to work for Janet Routledge in the Burnaby North Community Office.

What would you like to see more of in our community? Businesses that are open later.
After 5pm the only place to buy bread and milk is the Esso gas station or Safeway. Maybe places that are open 24hrs?

What is the most important thing this new government has done? There is a lot the new government has done for the working man, and what I think is the most helpful is Hydro, child care, and affordable housing.

What would you like to see next? More sky train trains — at rush hour there are only two trains and they are packed to the hilt! There should also be supervisors on the platforms so that an elderly person or someone with a cane can have a seat in the crowded train. I wish more young people took the initiative to give up their seats to those who might need them more.

If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Wow, what a nice thought. Watch movies and take walks in the park.

Your house is on fire and you have time to save one item. Tell us about that item. That would be my ID, because that actually happened to me back in 1995. All I was able to take was my wallet and I suffered smoke inhalation. It was scary and I wouldn’t want to go through it again.

If you were to wake up from having been cryogenically frozen for 100 years, what would your first question be? Where do I vote? Haha — no, maybe I would ask for a restaurant first. But then I’d go vote.

What is your claim to fame? Making Button Blankets for my people.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way? Meet people face to face. I think texting, emailing, and even phone calls can be so cold. Face to face is so much better. It’s more positive — and it’s worth the time.

How do you relax after a long day of work? Read a good book and sometimes watch movies.

What could you give a presentation on without any preparation? Button Blankets and our traditional protocol (Metlakatla, Alaska).

What is something you think everyone should try at least once in their lives? Our traditional food: smoked salmon, potatoes, dried sea weed, Oolichan grease, and halibut soup.