Before speaking about BGC, please introduce yourself and let us know a little bit about your life!
I’m approaching my senior years with my 60th birthday this year and I now feel I’ve grown up and can start offering advice based on hard earned experience rather than just based on my strident opinions.
I’ve long been single and don’t have any children but have six nieces and nephews and I love being around younger people who are full of enthusiasm, ideas and ambition. I live in Steveston where my roots are deep, as it’s the place both my late father and my late grandfather were born and raised.
I’ve had three careers during my lifetime, starting as a journalist out of high school, moving on to nearly eight years working for political leaders in Ottawa and Victoria and then moving into the real estate investment and property development business, where I have now worked for 33 years, both an independent consultant and a senior corporate executive. I’ve pursued a self-study of urban design and new urbanism planning principles for a number of decades and have written extensively on the subject.
I started volunteering in community service work in Richmond as a teen 45 years ago and have since served in many volunteer capacities with non-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, community social service agencies and advocacy groups.