Top 24 Under 24: Daryl Dela Cruz, The Campaigner 0
Daryl dela Cruz is in our Top 24 Under 24. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Community leadership might just run in 18-year-old Daryl Dela Cruz's blood.
Last year, his mother Narima was named to Canadian Immigrant magazine's own top-25 list for her extensive volunteering in the Lower Mainland's Filipino community.
Now, the Kwantlen communications student has become a prominent voice too, on the topic of public transit in Surrey – speaking out for extending the Skytrain system throughout his city instead of the slower-speed light rail option currently favoured.
Whatever your opinion on the matter, this youth spent his year between high school and college researching transit, a topic he's been “passionate about for a long time” as a transit user.
“You have a lot of time before post-secondary to do research, so I figured I might as well start something ... see what I can do,” he said. “If I could harness the power of the Internet to send a strong message I might as well try it.”
He started the Better Surrey Rapid Transit Coalition, SkytrainforSurrey.org, which lays out his argument for why an elevated-track system would help reduce vehicle use, better link Surrey communities and foster growth.
His advice for aspiring young activists?
“It's about commitment – doing what you can on behalf of this generation,” he said. “I've had criticism, particularly from older people. They think I don't understand. Now I feel confident taking on big-shot transit planners on the subject of technology.”