Councillor Anne Kang
It has been my pleasure, since 2008, to serve the residents of Burnaby as a city councillor. I was brought up in a family that strongly values community involvement and volunteerism. I have been an active community volunteer since the age of eight.
I graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in the Honors Math and Science Program. With a passion for learning, I continued my post secondary education at UBC, receiving a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Education – Elementary, a Diploma in Special Education – Learning Disability, a Master degree in Special Education - Gifted and Creative Learner, and completed two levels of Montessori Certification. I am currently a music teacher in the Burnaby School District and I have two children in the Burnaby school system.
As a resident of Burnaby since 1986, I have been involved in the community in many ways, including: Founding Director of the TIO Group for young professionals, 2003; Director, Progressive Housing Society, 2009; M.C. for Taiwanese Cultural Festival, 2004-2006; Media Coordinator for Taiwanese Cultural Festival, 2008; Founding Director of Taiwanese Heritage Association 2003-present; Youth and Young Adult Leader, Tai Kong United Church, 1995-2004; Director, Taiwanese Canadian Association, 2014; Founding Director, Global Federation of Chinese Business Women Association of British Columbia, 2013-present. My recent achievement is being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012, for my contribution to Canada.
A motto that I carry close to my heart is “Turning Passion into Action”. Through my role as a mother, teacher, and city councillor, I continue to look for creative and exciting ways to contribute and make a difference in the community. I have great pride in my city and work hard to make Burnaby a welcoming, livable, and safe community. My enthusiasm for public involvement and community contribution sparked my interest in serving as a city councillor, in the level of government that is closest to the people it serves. I endeavour to work with council and citizens to build a city that is inclusive, sustainable, and progressive.
As a life-long learner and the council liaison to the library board, I am very proud of our four libraries that are part of the vibrant makeup of our city centres. Burnaby public libraries are more than landmark buildings for a wonderful depth and breadth of collections; they are also safe and entertaining places in which people can congregate. Burnaby public libraries are enriched with programming in variety of languages, are great community partners, and continue to provide world-class service with the charm of personalized services by library staff.
My special interests are in the areas of environment, social sustainability, youth and young adults, and newcomers. Being an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges of moving to a new country. I hope to support newcomers to our city by connecting them to services and helping them to understand their rights as citizens —enabling them to smoothly integrate into their new homes here in Burnaby. I will continue to work closely with youth to encourage their active involvement and contributions to the city. As a mother of a young family and having aging parents, I understand that quality of life is important to everyone. I will continue to work with council to implement actions outlined in Burnaby’s Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainable strategies to build a strong, sustainable city.
In addition to my work as a school teacher and serving on several Burnaby boards and committees, my passion for environmental initiatives has led me to significant involvement in Burnaby’s efforts, through its Food Scraps Recycling Program, to separate food scraps and organic materials from household waste. In order to help citizens to understand the value of this program and how they can participate, I have visited homes, clubs, church groups and youth groups. This program has reduced household waste, helping to create a more sustainable community. I look forward to its continued success and to continuing to work with citizens to find new ways to reduce waste and ensure sustainability in Burnaby.
I hope that my commitment to “Turning Passion into Action” inspires many people to become involved in their communities. I want to continue to encourage and support people of all ages, especially youth and newcomers, to develop a deeper understanding of their city by becoming more involved in civic activities and community volunteerism. Volunteers, with their great and small acts, are the glue that unites and strengthens our communities, contributing to a healthy and vibrant city.