Drawing On Years of Public Service In Richmond & Metro Vancouver
It’s been a privilege working for the people of Richmond on a wide variety of issues to improve our city. This has allowed me more opportunities to make Richmond a better place now and for the future.
As Mayor of Richmond:
- I have worked to maintain Richmond as a safe, healthy, active and affordable community with abundant amenities and a strong business sector.
- We continue to celebrate our success through our community spirit and working together.
- Our vibrant volunteer community, bolstered by the Volunteer Management Strategy, immeasurably improves the quality of life for others.
- With tremendous recent growth, I have enjoyed welcoming newcomers from many other countries to live, work, and study in Richmond. Together we have developed a strong, healthy, prosperous, growing, enriched community by seizing the unprecedented opportunities and meeting significant challenges.
As a Pacific Rim Mayor
- I recognize the importance of the Pacific Rim to our local economy.
- I have supported the expansion of our extensive international connections.
- We have extended the Sister City status to Xiamen in China, while retaining Friendship City status for Qingdao. Wakayama, Japan as well as Pierrefonds, Quebec remain long-time Sister Cities. These open many doors for business, educational 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 whether advocating or negotiating for the Oval, the Olympics, the Canada Line or for other local benefits such as numerous grant applications.
- As a long-time Richmond resident and volunteer, I have learned how fortunate we are to live in a City with such abundant resources. I understand the significant contribution our volunteers make to improve our quality of life.
As a Metro Vancouver Director
- I have served on numerous Metro Vancouver committees over the past years.
- In particular, my years as the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee have demonstrated the need to foster sustainable methods to deal with solid waste.
- Financial restraint, public consultation and partnership with other levels of government remain important in meeting the future challenges facing the region and our city.
- As the Chair of the Canada-wide National Zero Waste Council, I understand the urgent need to reduce the amount of waste we all create – disposal is expensive and hard on the environment.
- In the past, I have taken a lead role as Director and Chair of the Translink Board, where I worked hard to realize the Canada Line while improving public transportation throughout Richmond.
- Subsequently, as a member of Translink’s Council of Mayors, in order to meet our ongoing transportation requirements, I have advocated for an expanded, prioritized public transportation system supported by reasonable and sustainable long-term funding.
As Trustee & Chair of the Municipal Finance Authority
- The Municipal Finance Authority helps municipal governments throughout BC keep pace with infrastructure requirements. Because of the organization’s AAA credit rating, all BC cities and regions borrow money cost-effectively for their important infrastructure initiatives.