Community Advocate, Policy Leader, Business Owner, Member of Parliament
Over three decades of civic and policy leadership
Wai Young has over 30 years experience in social policy and program development. She has contributed tremendously in the development and planning of immigration policy, social policy, immigration settlement, employment training services and community safety.
Wai has worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Citizenship and Immigration. She started her own consulting firm in 1993, and for the past 20 years, she has contributed to many important policies and programs. Her diverse clientele includes: the cities of Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey, CIC, Rogers Communications, the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society, the South Vancouver Policing Centre and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Wai has spent over thirty years working and volunteering in the Downtown Eastside, at a number of community agencies including the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, Association of Neighbourhood Houses, the Strathcona Community Centre and YWCA Vancouver.
As a Native Youth Worker, Wai worked with youth and families in the downtown Eastside. Wai worked with government to fund Youth at Risk Task Force, which became the National Crime Prevention Program.
Wai became a foster mother, and raised 7 children in her home.
As President of the Strathcona Community Centre, Wai Young recognized that many inner-city children did not have breakfast at home while attending school. She worked with various government departments and funders, and cleared administrative hurdles to found what is now the longest running breakfast program in Canada at the Strathcona Elementary School.
Wai also supported the establishment of Canada’s first community garden, and expanded the linear park system.
During her 30 years of experience, Wai has contributed to the following programs and services:
- Implemented a cultural staff training program for South Vancouver Neighborhood House and...