Kiran Dhilon has been a reporter with CBC News since 2011. She’s worked in the Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Regina newsrooms.

1. Why does voting matter to you?
“Voting matters to me because it represents one of the greatest concepts in the world-democracy. Without it, our voices, choices, and actions would all be in jeopardy. Voting gives us the power to have a voice…and to make change.”
2. What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?
“I’d like to see more resources and money to help deal with the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. I’d like to see better gun control in America. And of course, more girls in third world countries being given the opportunity to go to school.”
3. If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?
“I would say no matter how uninformed you may feel, there’s always a way to learn. Search some articles, talk to friends, parents, co-workers, watch some of the leaders’ debates – before you know it, you’ll be informed. I know it seems daunting-but I promise you, it’s really not, and it’s worth it. This is your country, this is your home, this is your voice.
“Every vote counts. Each of us has the power to make a difference, to have a say, and voting is so important. Not only because it’s a privilege and a right that not everyone has, but also because one vote can make a difference in this election. That in turn can make a difference in our country and in the world we’ll be living in for the next four years.”
5. Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?
“I do.”