NSIIP Immigrant Advisory Council

"I hope the North Shore can be a desirable place for all ethnic groups to settle and become integral members of our community."
Nicole Xiaoling Liu
NSIIP Immigrant Advisory Council

NSIIP’s work is supported by an Immigrant Advisory Council (IAC). IAC provides feedback on NSIIP’s work, shares and promotes promising practices and research, serves as a resource for community service providers, and acts as a liaison with ethno-specific communities to share committee information and encourage community participation. IAC also played a formative role in conceptualizing NSIIP Strategic Plan 2016-19.

IAC is comprised of 12+ immigrants who live and/or work on the North Shore. Members are selected for two-year terms and represent a range of countries of origin, length of time in Canada, occupational backgrounds, age and gender. They also have experience, knowledge, abilities, or skills related to immigrant integration and are non-partisan.

2018 - 2020 IAC Members

Country of origin: Mexico
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 6 years

I hold a bachelor’s degree in business from University of Mexico. I started to be involved in the workforce since an early age. My first job was in my family’s business. This activity gave me the opportunity to be in direct contact with people and offer them a service. My decision to study business came from this experience.

After I graduated, I worked for a Mexican company  in the Human Resources (HR) Department. My job was to attend  all the main functions of the HR such as staffing, development, compensations, safety and health of the company’s employees. 

I moved to Canada six years ago because of my husband’s job. Our settlement was directly to the North Shore. We were looking for a place where our three daughters had a good school to continue with their education. I feel excited to be member of the Immigrant Advisory Council, I hope the expertise that I’ve gotten during my professional life and my experience in my settlement in North Vancouver help newcomers to feel welcome.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 8 years and 5 months

I moved to Canada in June of 2011. I have a Ph.D. in Physiology. I worked as an assistant professor at Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Science in Tehran, where I spent several years teaching, training and doing research in the field of neuroscience.

I chose Canada and the North Shore because the environment is a better place to raise a family. The North Shore is quite multicultural and therefore it has been a great experience from day one. There are many activities to do in this beautiful, peaceful environment.

In my opinion, immigrants need to be involved and participate actively in their local communities in order to bridge cultural and language barriers and gain confidence in expressing themselves. We can develop a shared vision that can help immigrants successfully assimilate socially and economically into their new communities, and take action to contribute to community planning.

I currently run my own travel agency business (Raya Travel & Holiday), while also volunteering as a board member for the Iranian Women’s Culture Society (IRWCS).

Country of origin: South Korea
Languages spoken: Korean, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 years and 6 months

I am from Seoul, South Korea and came to North Vancouver in 2015. I worked for American companies in Korea as a country head for ten years, and now semi-retired working as a part-time advisor for a Canadian Financial Consulting company.  My major business background is on management and financial consulting since I have completed my MBA in Chicago. 

My family lived in Boulder Colorado, Chicago and Seoul. We appreciate that North Shore has great beauty of its nature, people and the community network.  I strongly believe that this beauty has to go on years and years. However, this community has still a room to improve as all of us can see that North Shore is becoming a tougher place for new immigrants especially for young families.  Without younger generations, North Shore will become quickly aging community, which we have to do something in advance.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: English, Farsi, Turkish and German (intermediate)
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 Years 

I am a 4th year UBC student, completing my Bachelor of Arts. During my studies, I have taken courses from diverse disciplines that have introduced me to new perspectives on different subjects. My career background includes working for immigration offices as well as volunteering for community events.

I immigrated to Canada with my family and resided in North shore soon after our arrival and if we go back in time, we would choose it again for its beautiful nature as well as the welcoming and diverse communities. As an immigrant, student and a resident of North Shore, I have had the personal experience of an immigrant’s life and the challenges it follows. Thus, I hope to bring in new and fresh ideas on how to enrich North Shore community and to assist newcomers and immigrants in their journey of settling in their new home.

Country of Origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese (basic)
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 15 years

I am a former scientist, a professional helper and a lifelong learner with a PhD in Fisheries Recourse Management from Japan, a Master of BioEcology from China, a diploma in Computer Information Systems and a Certificate in Addiction Counselling from Canada.

My family fell in love with the North Shore’s natural beauty and settled in the Lynn Valley area when we first arrived. We later moved to Burnaby, but by fate, returned to the North Shore to live in the Deep Cover area. In total, we have lived and worked in North Shore for about 15 years.

The settlement process was not easy for our family. The community helped us raise the kids and I owe a special thanks to teachers, peers and parents in Lynn Valley Elementary, Dorthy Lynas Elementary, Argyle Secondary, and Windsor Secondary schools. Someone said. “It takes a village to raise a child.” Our experience proved that. On this note, I would like to give special thanks to customers of my husband’s auto repair shop on North Shore who gives us the breads on the table, as well as my clients who gave me the opportunities to grow with you while helping you in finding your dream jobs.

North Shore is a paradise for nature lovers, who can embrace the lakes, ocean and mountains, and I want to give back to this community that I owe so much. Let us work together to make it better for everyone.

Country of origin: The Netherlands
Languages spoken: Dutch, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 13 years

I graduated in 1996 from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands with a master’s in international development and met my future Canadian husband while working in Guatemala. In 1996, I moved to Vancouver and started a job at an International Think Tank.  After a move to Ottawa and some other overseas adventures, we returned to Vancouver in 2006.

When we returned to Vancouver, I co-founded a business with the objective of having a healthy balance between work and family while I raised my three children. In 2017, I decided it was time to start a new chapter and focus on other endeavours, one of which is to contribute to creating sustainable and healthy communities in which people from all cultural and socio-economical backgrounds can live and participate fully. 

I am interested in participating in the Advisory Council as I would like to help create a better understanding in the community of what most immigrants face when they come to a new country and assist in breaking down some of the many barriers that still exist today

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 years

Seventeen years ago, I came to Canada from China as an international student and then graduated from University of Alberta with a master’s degree in economics. Four years ago, I was relocated as foreign worker by the company which I am working for from Beijing office to Vancouver office to manage and develop local business. Three years ago, I received my PR card and became a permanent resident of Canada. 

I work for a Securities company in downtown and live in North Vancouver with my wife and daughter. My daily job is to do secondary-market investment such stock trading or bond trading and also include portfolio management or asset allocation.

I have been living in North Shore for four years. North Shore is one of my favorite places. I would like to share my experiences with all newcomers, help them settle down and hope every new immigrant has a sense of belonging.

Country of origin: India
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujerati, some French and some Farsi
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 31 years

I have lived in Canada for over 40 years and, as a woman of colour, I bring lots of skills and knowledge to help immigrants better integrate into our community. Having lived on the North Shore for more than 25 years, I am very familiar with several service providers as well.

I have a BA in psychology and currently work as an Intake Counsellor at Family Services of the North Shore. At this agency we get a lot of referrals and are able to service immigrant families in several languages.

I am also the founding member of the North Shore Multicultural Society and was on the board for many years. I raised two children on the North Shore and tried to promote multiculturalism at Elementary and High School levels. I have organized multicultural potluck lunches and dinners at schools and my work place. As an immigrant, I am better able to understand the hardships that other immigrants go through and will be able to help them integrate, adapt and settle down in our North Shore community.

Country of origin: Ireland

Languages spoken: English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2 years and 3 months 

I have a fine art and business diploma as well as a certificate in disability studies from the National University of Ireland. I have worked as an Art Tutor in Ireland with people who have a wide range of disabilities. I was also a Board member for the Centre for Independent Living (Dublin) with my focus being on advocacy and equality for all individuals.

Having visited Canada several times, we made the decision to move here with our family. Through Internet searches and communicating with the Irish Women’s Network in Vancouver, we chose the North Shore.

Settling in has been very hard for me. My qualifications that I was scored on to come to Canada seem worthless. However, I love the North Shore and would hope to see continued efforts to include local residents and immigrants in creating an inclusive cosmopolitan community.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: English and Farsi
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2 years

I earned my MBA in strategic management in Iran and then ran a travel agency for six years before immigrating to Canada. Myself and two other family members decided that we wanted to start new lives in a different country. Through our research, we found that Canada would be the best option because of its acceptance of newcomers. We chose Vancouver because it is the warmest city in the country. Our friends motivated us to settle in North Vancouver. I am happy about our decision because the North Shore is a beautiful, peaceful place. It is also a good place to raise children according to Canadian values and our cultural values. And the whole family can take advantage of the North Shore’s natural beauty.

I want to help make the North Shore a better place for new immigrants, as well as native people, and create a more respectful, peaceful, and helpful place for everyone.

Country of Origin: South Africa
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, little French
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 19 years

My background is in communication and psychology (M.Sc), and before emigrating, I taught English literature at the University of South Africa. Since moving to the North Shore in 2000 I have been, like many immigrants, many things: a dance and yoga instructor, a restorative justice facilitator and a victim services volunteer among them. For the past six years, I have been the editor of The Beacon, a community newspaper in West Vancouver. I also facilitate writing workshops and feel incredibly lucky to have heard so many beautiful stories – of love and loss and home and belonging.

Even though I am grateful to have “landed” here, immigration is still one of the most challenging things my family and I have done. I am so proud to be a part of the IAC, and hope to be of some assistance in community-building. My vision is a North Shore where everyone’s voice is heard, where we can all safely and respectfully share the stories of our past, as well as our hopes for the future.

Country of origin: Philippines
Languages spoken: Tagalog, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 years

I have worked as a volunteer and paid worker within the social services industry (Toronto and Vancouver) for a very long time.  I am currently working for bc211 as an Information and Referral Specialist.

I moved from Philippines to Toronto with my family in 1987. 

When my partner and I met, we decided to go on a 17 days road trip (in our Miata) across the United States to move to Vancouver. We lived in the West End and Coal Harbour area for a few years and always wanted to live in the North Shore because our family loves to hike and commune with nature. 

I am happy to be chosen to be a part of the renewed Immigrant Advisory Council (IAC) for North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP).  I look forward to being an active participant in the meetings of IAC and work collaboratively with all the IAC members.  

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: Cantonese, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 28 years

I was born in China, raised in the Dominican Republic, lived in Portland, Oregon (USA), and moved to Canada in 1976. My family immigrated twice in our lifetime; from China, due to the cultural revolution in 1950 and from the Dominican Republic due to a civil war in 1965. Starting from scratch twice was hard but, they were lessons in resiliency as well as personal growth.

As for my professional background, I have worked with brain-injured individuals as well as in group homes with individuals affected by mental illnesses and substance abuses as a life skills coach. I have also worked as an instructor of care aides program for senior faculties at Vancouver Career College, and as a practicum supervisor for students in the care aides program. I retired in 2015.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 13

Mr. Taheri is the founder and president of Polymer Research Technologies Ltd.  and has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry which includes the successful completion and operation of a pilot facility producing the Recyclopol™ in Iran. 

Educated in the UK and USA, Kambiz has an extensive background in international trade, development, importing and exporting of chemicals, industrial foams and equipment. For more than a decade prior to founding PRT, he was CEO for several businesses involved in developing numerous packaging techniques and developing environmentally safe foams and recycling techniques.  Kambiz has supervised many projects including the insulation of a 300,000 square feet residential construction, the insulation of power plant pipelines and the development of dashboards for Kenyan automotives. He has worked with adhesives and acrylic, nitrocellulose, PVC and polyurethane based coating for automotive plastic parts. He has provided research and industry consulting to many international Companies and sits on several technical and R&D advisory boards and associations.

Mr. Taheri is a recipient of many prestigious award in Canada and USA. He holds a master’s degree in industrial management organization, a master’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in science from Middlesex University, and a bachelor of science (chemical engineering) from North London University.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 6 years

I came to Canada as a skilled worker on May 2013. I was a physiotherapist in Iran and worked in hospital and my clinic. I have a son who is 19 years old. I worked as a PTA for a few months in a clinic. I worked as a volunteer in WorkBC in 2015. At present I am trying to become a registered kinesiologist. However, I am interested in being helpful for newcomers. I can understand their anxieties.

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin and Cantonese
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 19 years

I obtained my master’s degree in business management from the University of Griffith in Australia in 2002. I went back to China and joined Citibank China until I immigrated to Canada in 2011. Now I work for HSBC as a personal banker.

The reason for my immigration to Canada can be traced back to 100 years ago when my great-grand father studied as an overseas student in Japan. At Imperial University (now called University of Tokyo), he first came in contact with western culture and it made a deep impression on him. Western civilization had a great influence on his whole life. Undoubtedly he was a legend in my family and like some magic genetic factor, two of my aunties also studied abroad and then chose to immigrate. Therefore, as the third generation, when I was young, I had been educated to step into their shoes to study or live in other country.

I decided to immigrate to Canada, and finally settle in North Vancouver, because of its pristine landscape and pleasant climate.

My vision for the North Shore is to help our society become a harmonious home for all residents.

2016 - 2018 IAC Members

Country of origin: Philippines
Languages spoken: Tagalog, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 10 years & 4 months

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Philippines. I taught chemistry, physics and math to secondary school students for my first job. I then worked in a mining company that supplies Feldspar to glass, ceramic and tile industries for ten years.

I then finished a caregiver course and went to Ireland to work for two years. I was lucky to be approved to work in Canada as part of the Caregiver Program. I came to Canada in August of 2004. After I finished the program, I sponsored my children. They came to Canada in September of 2009. I chose to stay on the North Shore because I felt that it was my home. It’s such a quiet, safe and beautiful place to live.

At first, though, it was tough for me to settle here. At the time, I had limitations on where I could work. I was not allowed to enroll in school because of my working visa. The salary was not great and I needed to send money to my children.

Now, I have my permanent residency and my children are happy working and studying on the North Shore.

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: English and Mandarin
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 Years 

I am originally from China. I started my career as a salesman. Since then, I have accrued nearly 20 years of experience as a business professional and more than 10 years in executive positions in leading, global companies. With two master degrees, in business administration and engineering, I have worked in various industries and multicultural environments.

More than four years ago, my family moved to the North Shore and hasn’t lived anywhere else since. Being an immigrant, my experience with regards to integration is that you need to proactively interact with the community instead of waiting to be welcomed.

I am very happy to be a member of the immigrant advisory council. We need everyone’s help to make the North Shore an immigrant friendly community. Let us know what we can do to help you.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 40 months

I moved to Canada in June of 2011. I have a Ph.D. in Physiology. I worked as an assistant professor at Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Science in Tehran, where I spent several years teaching, training and doing research in the field of neuroscience.

I chose Canada and the North Shore because the environment is a better place to raise a family. The North Shore is quite multicultural and therefore it has been a great experience from day one. There are many activities to do in this beautiful, peaceful environment.

In my opinion, immigrants need to be involved and participate actively in their local communities in order to bridge cultural and language barriers and gain confidence in expressing themselves. We can develop a shared vision that can help immigrants successfully assimilate socially and economically into their new communities, and take action to contribute to community planning.

Although many North Shore residents are new immigrants, few are engaged in civic life or are able to find a proper job due to language barriers and/or difficulties having their qualifications recognized in Canada. Personally, I hope after I have improved my language skills, I will be able to move closer to my professional goal of re-establishing myself in Canada in my specific field.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English, Turkish
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2.5 years

I have a civil engineer degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have more than 20 years of experience in both London and Tehran. I am working on a single-family building project. I chose to live in Canada for its diversity of culture and opportunities.

I enjoy the convenience of being close to Iranian community, public transports, shopping malls, recreation centres, etc.

I had adequate settlement support on the North Shore and I was able to find employment opportunities that allow me to use my education and skills.

I would like to see the North Shore develop and grow and this is only possible if more people settling in the area.

Country of origin: Korea
Languages spoken: Korean, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2 years

Originally from Korea, Barb first came to Canada in 1996 to learn English and later complete her Ph.D. She has had what she calls a “back and forth” life between Korea, China and Canada for the last twenty years. Barb has lived in North Vancouver since 2014 and works as a policy researcher and journal assistant editor. She volunteers on the Council to get involved in her North Shore community, which she loves for its mild and peaceful people and beautiful nature. “I hope to see every one of us get happier through multicultural understanding and integration,” she says.

Country of Origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese (basic)
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 8 years

I am a former scientist, a professional helper and a lifelong learner with a PhD in Fisheries Recourse Management from Japan, a Master of Ecology from China, a diploma in Computer Information Systems and a Certificate in Addiction Counselling from Canada.

My family fell in love with the North Shore’s natural beauty and settled in the Lynn Valley area when we first arrived. We later moved to Burnaby, but by fate, returned to the North Shore to live in the Deep Cover area.

The settlement process was not easy for me. The community helped me raise my oldest son.. So, I want to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to Lynn Valley Elementary School, Argyle Secondary School, Lynn Valley Library, the North Shore Lego team and the North Vancouver Football Club. I also want to especially thank my son’s classmates’ families, who opened their homes to my son after school and even fed him while he waited for his dad to take him back to Burnaby after work.

Our family has really established roots on the North Shore over the years. And I am now a professional employment counsellor who helps immigrants find professional jobs. For me, the North Shore is a paradise for nature lovers, who live near and embrace the lakes, ocean and mountains. I want to give back to the community that I owe so much to and love.

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: Mandarin, English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 4 Years 

I hold a bachelor’s degree in medicine, a master’s degree in finance and an EMBA and have worked as an executive director and general manager in two non-banking financial institutions and one high-technology medical investment company for more than 20 years. I have an expertise in medical equipment, aviation, and shipping and leasing.

I chose Canada as my home for several reasons. I pursue high standards of living, including sustainable water, clean air and food security. I also want my children to have a better education, a happier and healthier childhood, and a more promising future than their parents.

I am proud that I have never stopped learning English, which allows me to continue to improve my language skills and learn a lot about Western culture and customs. Volunteering has also helped me to integrate in the local community and the Canadian way of life.

The North Shore is my home now. I hope I will eventually overcome all language barriers so that I can truly find a sense of belonging.

Through everyone’s efforts, I hope the North Shore can be a desirable place for all ethnic groups to settle and become integral members of our community.

Country of origin: India
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujerati, some French and some Farsi
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 26 years

I have lived in Canada for over 40 years and, as a woman of colour, I bring lots of skills and knowledge to help immigrants better integrate into our community. Having lived on the North Shore for more than 25 years, I am very familiar with several service providers as well.

I have a BA in Psychology and currently work as an Intake Counsellor at Family Services of the North Shore. At this agency we get a lot of referrals and are able to service immigrant families in several languages.

I am also the founding member of the North Shore Multicultural Society and was on the board for many years. I raised two children on the North Shore and tried to promote multiculturalism at Elementary and High School levels. I have organized multicultural potluck lunches and dinners at schools and my work place. As an immigrant, I am better able to understand the hardships that other immigrants go through and will be able to help them integrate, adapt and settle down in our North Shore community.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: English, French, Persian, Turkish (Azeri)
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 22 years

I have more than 20 years of experience in senior level management roles and have been successful at driving growth, profitability and innovation in marketing, sales, business development and human resource management.

I am also a Regulated Immigration Consultant and have many years of experience in dealing with immigration matters.

After living in Montreal for eight years, I moved to Vancouver. Two months after living in the downtown area, I fell in love with the North Shore’s beauty and charm. I found myself a beautiful place and, 22 years later, I still enjoy the beauty of the mountains, ocean and trails along with my wife and daughter.

Through the years, I have tried to be a responsible citizen by promoting the city and contributing my time to various committees and my neighbourhood.

I have taught my daughter to do the same. She has been volunteering since the age of 12 at the community centre, library and police department.

I want to see the North Shore comprised of diverse communities. And I want to get children involved in building the community’s future.

Country of origin: Ireland

Languages spoken: English
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2 years and 3 months 

I have a fine art and business diploma as well as a certificate in disability studies from the National University of Ireland. I have worked as an Art Tutor in Ireland with people who have a wide range of disabilities. I was also a Board member for the Centre for Independent Living (Dublin) with my focus being on advocacy and equality for all individuals.

Having visited Canada several times, we made the decision to move here with our family. Through Internet searches and communicating with the Irish Women’s Network in Vancouver, we chose the North Shore.

Settling in has been very hard for me. My qualifications that I was scored on to come to Canada seem worthless. However, I love the North Shore and would hope to see continued efforts to include local residents and immigrants in creating an inclusive cosmopolitan community.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: English and Farsi
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 2 years

I earned my MBA in Strategic Management in Iran and then ran a travel agency for six years before immigrating to Canada. Myself and two other family members decided that we wanted to start new lives in a different country. Through our research, we found that Canada would be the best option because of its acceptance of newcomers. We chose Vancouver because it is the warmest city in the country. Our friends motivated us to settle in North Vancouver. I am happy about our decision because the North Shore is a beautiful, peaceful place. It is also a good place to raise children according to Canadian values and our cultural values. And the whole family can take advantage of the North Shore’s natural beauty.

I want to help make the North Shore a better place for new immigrants, as well as native people, and create a more respectful, peaceful, and helpful place for everyone.

Country of Origin: South Africa
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, little French
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 15 years

My first ‘real’ job was teaching English in South Africa. I have an Honours BA in English Literature and an Honours BA in Psychology. I teach ballet and yoga, write for a local newspaper and am the School Program coordinator for North Shore Restorative Justice. We sit in circle with North Shore students and talk about identity, diversity, conflict, and other “meaty” issues.

My family and I ended up on the North Shore purely by chance. We integrated quickly because our children were just entering school and sports. It was only when I started volunteering with Victim Services in West Vancouver that I became aware of some of the real challenges immigrants face, particularly when their culture of origin and native language is so different to what they find here.

It’s my hope that we can learn more about each other’s cultures, identities, and hopes for the future, and strengthen our community by having more honest conversations and celebrating with each other.

Country of origin: Iran
Languages spoken: Farsi, English, Turkish
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 3.5 years

I have a degree in computer science from Central London University (London, UK). I have more than 15 years of direct experience in the IT field in Iran. I have worked for many international companies, either as a leader or as a team member, in setting up their information systems. I have also taken some upgrade courses in my field at BCIT. I am currently working as an administrative assistant for a construction company.

My family and I choose to move to the North shore mainly for the reputation of its secondary schools. I also enjoy the convenience of being close to the Iranian community, public transportation, shopping malls, recreation centres, etc.

It was quite easy to integrate into the North shore Community, mainly because I had previous experience living in an English-speaking country and also because there are many immigrants living on the North Shore that face the same challenges. I often share my own experience with other newcomers.

In my opinion, the North shore is one of the most beautiful and safe places to live, but unfortunately the cost of living is very high, making it very difficult for new immigrants or young people to live here.

Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin and Cantonese
Number of years (or months) on North Shore: 3 years and 7 months

I obtained my Master’s degree of Business Management from the University of Griffith in Australia in 2002. I went back to China and joined Citibank China until I immigrated to Canada in 2011. Now I work for HSBC as a personal banker.

The reason for my immigration to Canada can be traced back to 100 years ago when my great-grand father studied as an overseas student in Japan. At Imperial University (now called University of Tokyo), he first came in contact with western culture and it made a deep impression on him. Western civilization had a great influence on his whole life. Undoubtedly he was a legend in my family and like some magic genetic factor, two of my aunties also studied abroad and then chose to immigrate. Therefore, as the third generation, when I was young, I had been educated to step into their shoes to study or live in other country.

I decided to immigrate to Canada, and finally settle in North Vancouver, because of its pristine landscape and pleasant climate.

My vision for the North Shore is to help our society become a harmonious home for all residents.

NSIIP is grateful to hold its activities on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.

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