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Matt Pitcairn and Jonathan HoRICHMOND, September 18, 2014 - As the Richmond Community Coalition (RCC) continues to engage more people in Richmond, the team continues to grow stronger and stronger. Today, RCC added two candidates, Jonathan Ho and Matt Pitcairn, to run as candidates for School Trustee in the November municipal election. They will be joining Coalition’s team, which includes Councillors Ken Johnston and Chak Au, and Council candidates Dan Baxter and Helen Quan.

RCC’s Candidate Chair, Sylvia Gwozd, was enthusiastic about the pair. “The importance of the School District is often overlooked by the voting public. In fact, it plays a key role in the success of our children’s future” said Gwozd. “Jonathan and Matt are bringing with them extensive knowledge, new ideas; they represent young and multicultural families who are typically not involved in Local Government affairs. We’re very pleased to have them as a part of our new team.”

Ho, a Richmond resident for more than 15 years, is a banker at TD Bank Group, and has been actively involved in the Richmond community for many years. He currently serves on the School Planning Council of William Cook Elementary School,. He is also the Secretary of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) Association BC Branch. He is an active member of his church’s Hospice services team, Awana (kid’s club) and youth leader. He previously co-hosts a weekly current affairs phone-in show at Fairchild Radio.

“I have a vision for the Richmond Board of Education to be a leader in public education by empowering our students to became more engaged and caring citizens of our community - and to prepare them for a continually changing and challenging future,” said Ho.

Pitcairn, currently serves as the Manager of Communications and Policy at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and was born and raised in Richmond. He has served as the President of the Richmond City Centre Community Association and is currently the Treasurer of the Steveston Historic Society. Previously, Pitcairn served as a director at the Richmond Caring Place Society and also as a founding member of the Lulu Island E-Rotary Club. “I am keenly aware that there are many unique challenges facing young families in Richmond. My childhood friends who now have their own young families have all commented that they feel that no one truly represents the views of young families in Local Government politics”, said Pitcairn. “I’m running to change that.”

Launched in June, the Richmond Community Coalition is a new community-based organization whose goal is to increase citizen engagement in the municipal government – and increase voter participation in local elections. Its diverse board comprises a wide range of community activist/volunteers who have a long history of giving back to the community. Over the summer, the group held a number of Town Hall meetings attended by more than 100 people at each event – and has incorporated their input on key community issues and opportunities.

For more information please contact:

Richmond Community Coalition Candidate Chair, Sylvia Gwozd - 604-671-3222 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matt Pitcairn - 604-341-8319 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jonathan Ho - 604-649-2139 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RCC on Twitter

Jul 20
RT @JonathanHo99: Warm welcomes to Xiamen Youth Ice Hockey Team come to join Xiamen-Van Youth Hockey Game @RichmondOval. https://t.co/Sddl1
Jul 13
CONGRATULATIONS to the #RichmondBC Chinese Community Society on their grand opening of their new premise!… https://t.co/hW5PTGE3Q2
Jul 01
Great to see @RMDCoalition#RichmondBC City Councillors Au @kenj58 with Trustee @JonathanHo99 in the @SalmonFesthttps://t.co/FtggztEyLm

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