Candidates for BURNABY MAYOR - profiles and issues
Derek Corrigan (BCA)
1. Elected as Mayor of Burnaby since 2002; Lawyer by profession; married to Kathy Corrigan, Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA; four adult children; live in the South Slope neighbourhood
2) With my four children, I’ve enjoyed years of involvement with local sports, including as a coach for South Burnaby Metro Club and Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Club and a team parent for the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association. I was involved in the West Burnaby Parent Participation Playschool and Nelson school.
3) A Burnaby resident since 1977, I have had the pleasure of serving Burnaby citizens since first elected as a councillor in 1987. I was elected mayor in 2002, then re-elected in 2005 and 2008. I strive to bring the history and heritage of my two decades of public service to every important decision.
4) Burnaby is a very successful city, named Canada’s “Best Run City” by Maclean’s magazine. Continuing to improve quality of life for Burnaby residents often requires a focus on regional issues – issues such as transportation. Our participation in regional policy development helps ensure decisions made regionally benefit Burnaby citizens.
Allen Hutton (Ind.)
1) Businessman: Organic agricultural industry and transportation industry. Father of six children from 17 to 30 and two grandchildren. I have resided in the Edmonds area for 53 years.
2) Burnaby Family Court and Youth Justice Committee: Chair five years of six year term; Burnaby Community Policing Committee; Burnaby Family Court and Youth Justice Committee liaison; Burnaby Youth Prostitution Task Force; Burnaby Family Court and Youth Justice Committee liaison; Community Advisory Panel to the Burnaby Justice Centre; Burnaby Family Court and Youth Justice Committee liaison; The New Vista Society, president four years of six-year term; The New Vista Foundation; director; PLEA: director.
3) For over 30 years I have attended Burnaby city hall to ensure our financial security, preservation of our remaining natural areas, expansion of our parks, a public path system, the well-being of our citizens of all ages, improved access to public facilities and more community involvement.
4) Reduced traffic through better transit. Ensure the development of a sustainable, livable city within the parameters of our environment.
Sylvia Gung (Ind.)
1) Currently I am a community newspaper carrier, which I found as a potentially indispensable tool that schools could use to educate students. I am a single mother with two children, ages 19 and 20, and have lived in the Forest Grove elementary district for four years.
2) I volunteered with my children’s schools as a classroom assistant and wrote a letter to government about my experiences. I have also volunteered with the Multicultural Family Support Services Society to help its clients file tax returns, and with the VCC Homefront Program as an ESL tutor.
3) When I moved to Canada from Korea in 1980 I was 27 and I have resided here in Canada for 31 years. Having experienced these different cultures, the law-abiding individualism of Canada and the humanitarian-based family-centrism of Korea, I have a unique perspective on today’s societal issues.
4) During my time in Canada I have seen public education being ruined and parental authority dismantled, undermining our safety and security. Along with this problem, what really ails Canadian society is separatism, and unless this issue is addressed, there will be no solution for any problems, whether they be health care, the economy, or homelessness.
Tom Tao (Team)
1. I am retired, married with son, age 26, and I live in the Metrotown neighbourhood.
2. I am co- chair of the International Leisure Industry Association headquartered in Beijing. I am chair of the China- India- Burma- Sri Lanka Cultural and Economics Association in Taipei.
3. As mayor, I will build economic links between important Asia Pacific cities and Burnaby for the benefit of our local economy and job creation. I will be a mayor for all the people. I will work cooperatively with regional and senior government.
4. As mayor, I will work to create open, transparent and accountable civic government. I will work to cut all waste in city hall spending and ensure that property taxes do not exceed the provincial rate of inflation. Low taxation, innovation and wealth creation are the important tools to build a stronger Burnaby.