Mary Tasi Baker was born in Hampshire, England. She obtained an honours degree in environmental planning from the University of Waterloo and worked as a town planner for over 20 years, specializing in sustainable urban design, calm space design, walkable communities, and environmental stewardship.
She moved to the North Shore in 1995 and has one daughter who attended Cloverley and has now completed her Master’s in Sustainable Urbanism from the University of London in the UK.
Mary works as Executive Director of a Fine Arts and Publishing Company and is also an author and historian. She started the company so she could spend time with her daughter and have the flexible time to volunteer at the schools her daughter attended.
Mary received a social entrepreneurship award from the University of Waterloo in 2018 for excellence in community service. She also has received two volunteer recognition awards from the City of North Vancouver. She has been active in the Lower Lonsdale community for the last 15 years, serving as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Planning Commission and on the Social Planning Advisory Committee, two years as Chair. She is also a Director at Large on the Friends of the Library Board.
Mary believes it takes a village to raise a child and has been active in many community initiatives over the years. Her husband is a member of the Squamish Nation and Mary is honoured to have learned about many indigenous ways of knowing from her husband’s extended family.
Mary wanted to serve on the School Board to set a thoughtful tone for governance, promote respect and reconciliation throughout the school system, and to advocate for the North Vancouver School District at the provincial level. She believes she can be an effective voice at the Board for stakeholders, community members, students, parents and teachers in creating collaborative, inclusive and progressive solutions.