Libby Davies has a long-standing relationship with the Downtown Eastside going back to the seventies. She was a community organizer before becoming an elected member of Vancouver City Council for five terms (1982-1993).
Libby served six terms as MP for Vancouver East (1997-2015), including Deputy Leader of the NDP from 2007-2015 and House Leader from 2003-2011. Her advocacy on critical issues affecting the Downtown Eastside and vulnerable populations across the country helped develop her Parliamentary leadership on drug policy reform, harm reduction, safe consumption sites, sex worker rights and safety, housing and homelessness, healthcare and human rights.
Libby maintained a close relationship with her riding and worked with many frontline organizations, including PHS Community Services Society. She was a tireless advocate for Insite and services for people who use drugs, being a proponent of community-based action that respects people’s rights and dignity. She has extensive knowledge and experience with governance, public policy development and working for transformative change.
In 2016, Libby was awarded the Order of Canada for her longstanding community contributions.