Community Advocate, Policy Leader, Business Owner, Member of Parliament
Over three decades of civic and policy leadership
Wai Young’s professional accomplishments have had a significant impact on those whose lives have been touched by her passionate contributions to the City of Vancouver.
As a community and business leader, she has provided important improvements to immigration and settlement resources, community safety, and social services.
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.
Proven. Experienced. Inclusive.
In 2011, Wai Young defeated the former Premier of British Columbia to become Member of Parliament for Vancouver South. Wai was proud to be part of a government that balanced the budget. As the only Government MP in the City of Vancouver, Wai championed over 60 major infrastructure projects. The projects included:
- The Killarney Seniors Centre – this 10,000 square foot facility provides seniors in southeast Vancouver with much-needed programs and support services.
- Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – this redevelopment...