SARAH KIRBY-YUNG City Councillor
Sarah Kirby-Yung was elected to the Vancouver Park Board with the NPA in 2014 and served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board. She has been a strong advocate for the protection and expansion of parks, green spaces, recreational facilities and amenities, and the role they play in liveable communities and quality of life in our city.
A passionate Vancouverite, Kirby-Yung successfully introduced numerous motions and initiatives in her first term and stood up on issues such as:
- Renewal of the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre on the existing Oak Park site including securing full funding to build the new centre in the 2019-2023 Capital Plan.
- Installation of senior-friendly fitness equipment in parks starting with Memorial Park South.
- Creating the path to a new Joint Operating Agreement with Community Centre Association that recognizes and values those partnerships.
- A renewed Concession Strategy.
- Working to secure Federal Government support for a new Seniors Centre in southeast Vancouver.
- Delivering the Symphony at Sunset with the VSO at Sunset Beach Park.
- Calling for a Seniors Strategy at Park Board to ensure the projected dramatic increase in seniors in our communities are being served.
- Calling for Growing Women & Girls Participation in Sport to improve gender equity.
- The need to expand aquatic facilities and outdoor pools and retain neighbourhood pools.
- Supporting revitalization of Chinatown calling for improving the courtyard between the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden and the Chinese Cultural Centre.
Kirby-Yung is a tourism industry and marketing communications leader who has held senior roles with a number of Vancouver-based organizations, receiving industry awards for her work. She holds an MBA and a BA.
She understands the value and challenges of small and medium business having worked as Director of Marketing for Tourism Vancouver, a destination marketing organization and business association representing 1,000 organizations in tourism and related industries (including restaurants, retail, attractions, transportation, hotels and sightseeing). Some of the initiatives she is known for include launching Dine Out Vancouver and Tickets Tonight (delivering millions to arts and culture producers).
Passionate about vibrant communities, Kirby-Yung served as a Trustee on the Vancouver Public Library Board, chaired the Celebration of Light Marketing & Sponsorship Committee, and co-chaired the City of Vancouver’s Creative City Task Force.