Drawing On Over 15 Years of Public Service In Richmond & the Lower Mainland
When working for you as Richmond Mayor and advocating for the City, I have drawn on my extensive experience. For instance:
As Mayor of Richmond
- I have learned that there are many reasons why Richmond is such a great city in which to live and work.
- We all want a safe, healthy, balanced and active community.
- Much of our success results from our community spirit and working together.
- We have the best volunteer community which immeasurably improves the quality of life for others.
As a Pacific Rim Mayor
- I recognize the importance of the Pacific Rim to our local economy.
- Our City has extensive international connections which I have helped to expand.
- We have extended Friendship City status to two Chinese cities while opening many doors for business and cultural opportunities.
As a Richmond City Councillor, Lawyer, Resident & Volunteer
- When I was a Councillor, I was immersed in the City’s history and heritage.
- When I was a lawyer, I learned how to implement strategies and effectively negotiate. This was especially important when advocating for the Oval, the Olympics and the Canada Line.
- As a long-time Richmond resident, I have learned how fortunate we are to live in a City with such abundant resources.
- As a long-time Richmond volunteer, I continue to see the significant contribution volunteers give to making Richmond a better city for all.
As a Metro Vancouver Director
- I have served on numerous Metro committees for over 10 years.
- In particular, my years as the Chair of the Finance Committee have alerted me to the significant potential increases in costs arising from the need for important new infrastructure.
- Financial restraint, public consultation and partnering with senior governments will be important to the region and the individual cities as we meet future challenges.
- In the past, I have taken a lead role as a Director and Chair of the Board.
- I worked hard to help make the Canada Line a reality while enhancing public transportation throughout Richmond.
- More recently, as a member of Translink’s Council of Mayors, I have advocated for reasonable and sustainable long-term funding strategies to meet our ongoing transportation requirements.
As Trustee & Vice-Chair of the Municipal Financing Authority
- Through the Municipal Finance Authority, cities in BC borrow money for their infrastructure initiatives. I have helped these cities obtain cost-effective capital financing for important projects. If we keep pace with infrastructure requirements, all cities will gain.