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Sept, 2016

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This summer, parents and students in our Vancouver-Kingsway have been working hard to save Gladstone Secondary and Bruce and Carleton Elementary schools from closure.

Our public schools are excellent, viable, and dynamic places that are an integral part of the neighbourhood. Last year, Carleton and Bruce schools were home to more than 500 students and Gladstone is home to more than 1,000 students. Development in the city will also bring about new density that will dramatically increase our area population, the number of school-age children, and our need for the essential public services that schools provide.

Here are the ways that you can help:

  1. Accept a “Save our Schools” lawn sign
  2. Download and sign the Support Our Schools petition from our website:
  3. Join our team of canvassing volunteers!

Get involved by contacting us at 604-660-0314 or email

The response from the community has been incredible. Here’s what we’ve already accomplished over the summer!

  • Over 7,000 signed paper petitions; and thousands of online petitions
  • A flash mob at the Vancouver Public Library, choreographed by two Gladstone students and performed live in front of TV cameras!
  • More than 100 local businesses have joined the campaign. Please let them know how much you appreciate their support!
  • A cool Gladstone Robotics Program Exhibition at the Central Library and inspiring Arts Program Showcase at the VSB offices.
  • A back-to-school movie night for Carleton and Bruce
  • A booth at Greek Summerfest and Farmer’s Markets, in addition to attending rallies and public meetings
  • A ton of media coverage! Save our Schools has been featured on the Globe and Mail, Georgia Straight, City TV, Global, CBC and Radio Canada, CTV, MingPao and Fairchild

As the new school year starts this September, think about all the ways that your school was important to you, then join us in our Save our Schools campaign!


Aug, 2016

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Saving Carleton, Gladstone, and Bruce – Get Involved!

On June 20th, the Vancouver School Board announced a list of schools to be considered for possible closure. This list includes Sir Guy Carleton and Graham Bruce Elementary Schools in Joyce-Collingwood and is a direct result of pressure from the BC Liberal government.

We are going to fight to save Graham Bruce and Carleton as we did in 2010. In addition, I will be working all out to support Gladstone Secondary in the Cedar Cottage area which is also on the list of possible closures.

The possible closure of Bruce and Carleton schools is a blow to our community. These are both excellent, viable, dynamic public schools that are part of the area and Vancouver’s history. It is impossible to imagine our neighbourhood without them. Last year, they were home to more than 500 public school students. Indeed, Carleton has been the centre of public education in the area since 1896 more than three decades before South Vancouver joined the City of Vancouver.

On June 28th, Vancouver City Council approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan which proposes an increase of 2600 homes in the immediate area of the Skytrain station. The plan includes zoning for several towers, mid-rise apartments, 4-6 story apartment buildings, townhouses and duplexes. In addition, the Wall Centre Central Park is currently under construction on Boundary Road and Vanness adding 1014 homes to local community and many new school-age children.

This school announcement took place as thousands of new homes were approved in our community by City Council and is simply wrong. The new homes will dramatically increase our area population and the number of school-age children. Closing our local schools makes no sense as a result.

No community has been as open and welcoming to new Canadians and density as Joyce-Collingwood. That is why the proposed closure of Carleton and Graham Bruce is so unacceptable. Schools are our key public services and public spaces. They are needed now and will be needed for generations to come.

Our office has been busy attending meetings with students, alumni and parents from across Joyce-Collingwood who are rallying to protect their schools. Get involved!

Volunteer to support our schools by contacting us at 604-660-0314 or Visit our office for Support Our Schools petition to distribute, or simply print it online at

July, 2016

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Join me to celebrate Canada Day – Friday, July 1st

Come out to Renfrew Park Community Centre on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day! The Youth Celebrate Canada Day Festival is organized each year by a terrific group of Windermere high school students; this year’s edition promises to be as good as ever, if not better.

Gladstone & Windermere Graduates and Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! This is an exciting time for all of you and your families and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I am proud each year to sponsor scholarships for Gladstone and Windermere Secondary. A full list of winners will be announced soon.

BC Teachers Institute

The Legislative Assembly of BC offers BC teachers a professional development program at the Parliament Buildings in our provincial capital. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016. Visit and search BCTI to apply online for the October 18-22, 2016 session.

This course includes a meeting with the Speaker of the House, MLAs, senior public officials, and a behind-the-scenes tour of your Parliamentary Buildings.

Vancouver Greek Summer Festival

This 10 day festival runs from July 7 – July 17th, 2016 and has attracted thousands of Greek culture enthusiasts since its inception 1987. With a strong emphasis on Greek dance and food, this festival is always a sure hit! For more information, go to

Join Adrian as he participates in the opening ceremonies on July 10th!

Location: 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver

Place/time: Opening Ceremonies begin at 5:30pm on Sunday July 10th

Fiji Festival

On Saturday July 23, 2016, join me and thousands of people in celebrating the 15th annual Fiji Festival. The free admission event encourages communities to come together and celebrate traditional Polynesian, Melanesian and Hawaiian dancing, folk songs and a Fijian fashion show.

Location: Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby

Place/time: Saturday July 23, 10am-7pm; with introductions of local representatives at 1pm

June, 2016

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A great send off to Eileen Zheng!

A big thanks to everyone who came out May 17th to send off Eileen Zheng on her way across Canada. Eileen is a remarkable young Vancouver-Kingsway constituent who is raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Transplant Association by biking across the country.

Eight years ago Eileen’s mother was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, but declined to take Eileen’s kidney out of fear for the changes it may bring to Eileen’s life. Eileen was a student at Windermere Secondary at the time. Today, a mere year after their successful transplant surgeries, Eileen and her mother are stepping out to share their life-changing story of recovery. There are more than 4,500 people are on the wait list for organ transplants in Canada. Despite the rising need, there are not enough Canadians have made plans to donate.

Eileen’s incredible journey began in Victoria on May 16th and will end in St. John’s, Newfoundland!

If you would like to donate to her important cause, please visit

Philippine Independence Day

Taas Noo Kahit Kanino, Ang Pilipino Ay Ako! I would like to congratulate Filipino Canadians in my community on the Anniversary of the National Declaration of Philippine. There will be a local celebration at:

South Memorial Park (5955 Ross St, Vancouver)

Saturday, June 4th, from 10am – 5pm.

Enjoy some of the Philippine’s finest cuisine and great entertainment right in your backyard. I look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to High School Graduates

My congratulations go out to all graduating students from Gladstone and Windermere high schools. This is an exciting time for all of you and your families and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I am proud each year to sponsor scholarships for graduating students at each school and look forward to attending this year’s graduation ceremonies.

Walk to Cure Diabetes, at Stanley Park

On June 12, 2016 morning, join me for this annual fundraiser in support of research focused on curing, and better treatment and prevention on T1 Diabetes. The walk is 5 km and starts at Lumbermen’s Arch in Stanley Park. I hope to see many other Vancouver-Kingsway constituents walking alongside me! To register for the walk, go to

May, 2016

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The arrival of spring has truly stirred action in our Vancouver-Kingsway neighbourhood! I was thrilled to welcome over 400 people to our 10th annual Seniors’ Wellness Fair in April. Every year, staff, volunteers, and exhibitors put this event together to connect seniors in our community with resources, services, and important health and wellness information. I would like thank our volunteers from the community office: Christina, Lucila, Bill, and Bianca, as well as Cheryl Palidda and her team of hardworking volunteers, and the very dedicated Gabriel Yiu, who has offered his time and expertise to the fair for many years.

This month, Eveline, Lucinda and I heard from the Vancouver School Board about the future of our schools at the community consultation at Renfrew Park Community Centre. I met many parents from the neighbourhood who share our concerns about what potential closures will mean for schools in our community. As grave news about school closures ring across the province, we’ve launched the “Support our Schools” section on our website to keep community members like you up-to-date with news and action about our local public schools.

Sign up to Support Our Schools!

In 2010, Vancouver Kingsway residents came together to successfully oppose the closure of elementary schools in our neighbourhood. Now, due to actions taken by the BC government, the issue is back before us and the Vancouver School Board. A failure to provide adequate and stable funding is at the heart of the issue – BC schools are being forced to make $54 million in cuts to pay for the government’s latest funding decision, and linking school closures to needed seismic upgrades is just not right.

Our schools are at the centre of our neighbourhoods and communities! As your MLA, I am committed to supporting:

Our local public schoolsNorquay, Cunningham, Carleton, Bruce, Collingwood, Grenfell, Renfrew, Beaconsfield, Nootka, Gladstone, and Windermere. Our schools should not be closed.

The Vancouver School Board in its fight to secure sufficient resources for classroom education.

To stay updated about the future of our schools, sign up for our email list at and download our Support Our Schools petition!

Collingwood Days Festival

Collingwood Days Festival takes place this month from May 21st to the 29th. It’s a free community event and everyone, pets included, are invited to enjoy a week of family-friendly fun including: multi-cultural food and shops, a dog show, world class BMX bicycle demonstrations, local entertainment, and much more! Come visit us at our community booth Saturday May 28th after the parade.

Collingwood Days
May 28th 11am to 4 pm
Carleton Elementary 3250 Kingsway