Meet Grace Tsang
Grace Tsang is a Former Richmond Board of Education Trustee from 2005-2014. She has lived in Richmond with her husband since 1993. Both of her adult children attended Grauer Elementary School and Hugh Boyd Secondary School, in which she has been actively involved in their education since 1995, as a member of Parent Advisory Councils, coaching
and dry grad. Grace strongly believes that all stakeholders and community partners need to work together to meet the ever expanding needs of our public education.
Grace is also an active community volunteer with the following non-profit organizations: member and Past President (2017-2018) of the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset, Interact District Director of Rotary International District 5040, Vice President of the Game of Apps, Past Vice President of the Richmond Youth Concert Band. founding member of the Richmond Arts Coalition, Mentor of Junior Achievement of British Columbia (2016-2017), and Past Director of the BCIT Alumni Association (1993-1995). In addition, she is recognized by The Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2008, 2009 and 2018. Grace immigrated to Canada in 1975 with her parents, and attended BC public schools. Her life and work experience have given her a deep appreciation and commitment to BC public education. Being a Richmond Board of Education Trustee is one way that she can give back to the community. If elected, Grace will work hard to serving the entire community by:
- Improving public consultation processes.
- Collaborating with all stakeholders and community partners to develop creative solutions to support public
1. How long have you lived in Richmond? Why do you love living here?
I have lived in Richmond since 1993. Richmond is one of the most multi cultural diverse cities in Canada. I also believe the Richmond School District is the best School District in British Columbia.
2. What do you feel the 3 biggest issues facing Richmond are?
- Improving affordable housing options
- Improving catchment school space
- Improving seniors, children and youth well- being
3. If voted into office what is the first thing you hope to achieve?
I will work with the Richmond City Council to build a new City Centre School.
4. Why have you chosen to be a part of the Richmond Community Coalition specifically?
I share the same value with the Richmond Community Coalition, whose mandate is to promote harmony and balance in our community.
5. What have you done in your professional life that will help you in your public role?
Professionally I am an independent Certified Financial Planner. I have been elected as a three-term Richmond School Trustee from 2005-2014.
During my years of service as a School Trustee, I accomplished the followings:
• Served as the Vice Chairperson of the Richmond Board of Education.
• Served as Chairperson of Audit, Policy, Personnel & Finance Committees, and a member on various School Board committees.
• Served as a member of Council/Board Liaison Committee, Richmond Sister City Committee, and Richmond Childcare Development Advisory committee.
6. What is your educational and professional experience?
Education: I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Arts, majoring in Economics, from the University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Marketing Management Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Professional experience: I am an independent Certified Financial Planner, who is a member with the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) since 2000. I have over thirty years work experience in banking, insurance and financial planning services.
7. Tell us three things about you that most people don’t know.
- My favorite animal is a bird.
- I like to wear dark colour clothing.
- I like to eat seafood.
8. Tell us a little bit about your hobbies and interests, and why they are important to you.
- Traveling: I like visiting friends and family and making new friends in different places to learn other cultures and traditions. Other benefits include: exploring new things to enrich my knowledge, as well as the opportunity of having excise by walking between places.
- Gardening: There are many health benefits associated with gardening, while adding beauty to my yards. It helps reducing stress, as well as boosting physical activity.
9. On a typical weekend you will find me doing this:
In a typical weekend, you will find me attending events and Sunday Service at my church, and gardening.