I first arrived in Richmond at the age of four when my parents emigrated from Europe, and have lived here ever since. From graduation at Richmond Senior Secondary, to getting married and raising three children in this city, as well as running a business, Richmond has always been my home. I have worked tirelessly in the community to make it a better, more welcoming home for everyone.
My philosophy is that if you want change, be prepared to speak up and work for it. Over the years, I have volunteered with numerous unpaid committees, public organizations and community groups to influence positive change. People who know me say that I’m a good speaker but that my real strength is being a good listener who understands the issues and delivers results.
My community activities have included working with a developer to scale back a development to better integrate with the community and being the Chair of VAPOR for over three years because our community was threatened by the shipment of jet fuel up the Fraser River. I was a Director of the Garden City Conservation Society, working to implement a multi-use community park for Richmond. It has been a pleasure to be a volunteer and activist in the city I love so much.
I am a small business owner since 1977 and was a Richmond Board of Education trustee elected as a Richmond councillor in 2014 with a grass roots campaign. My first term as a councillor has been a great opportunity to work with the people of Richmond and give them a voice at city hall. The issues have included eliminating Land Use Contracts, reducing the size of houses on farmland, lowering property taxes, stopping the Massey mega-bridge, and bridging the gap between pioneers and newcomers, along with so much more.