Markham is the home where I grew up, started my career and business, and building my family.
Having lived in Greensborough for almost 15 years, I am ready to serve you and build our community together!
I am a proud business owner, who has been joyfully serving local individuals, nonprofit organizations, small and multinational enterprises by using our expertise in video production and computer support. While running our firm for over 10 years, I have come to understand how important local entrepreneurs are to the city and its residents.
I value our traditions, as much as I enjoy learning new practices. As a college instructor, not only did I pass on the great knowledge that our predecessors have created for us, but I also motivated students to share their own experiences, and connect with their classmates through modern media.
I am a firm believer in direct interaction. While serving the Toronto Cross-Cultural Community Services Association as the Vice President, I was actively engaging with our staff, and assisted them to achieve their career goals. I have experience in bringing people together, and balancing different perspectives.
Arranging more local relationship building activities
By having different platforms for families and neighbours to get connected, not only can we learn from each other, but we will also establish greater trust in this community. Many of us and many before us have created a vibrant city for our families, so let us continue to promote diversity and establish inclusion in our neighbourhood.
With greater trust and stronger relationships we will have more respect and care for one another. In times of need, we can depend on our neighbours; in times of joy, we can share our happiness together; and in times of building, we can exchange information.
Providing a safer outdoor environment for families by maintaining our playgrounds, parks, and designated off leash pet areas
Our city has made a great effort to create various amenities for us, and we should assist our community in ensuring the public space is in its best condition for our families and neighbours. Many youths have expressed their concerns with the upkeep and safety of our facilities, and we will make certain that playgrounds, parks, and designated pet areas are better maintained so that families, children, and pets can safely enjoy the outdoors.
With better maintained fields, soccer players do not need to worry about getting injured while running. With well-designed and better maintained playgrounds and parks, youths are more motivated to go outside and explore nature. With more pet areas, pets and residents can happily share the public space together.
Enriching our neighbourhood curb appeal
A great looking neighbourhood not only adds character to the community, it also indicates how proud are we of our ownership in this piece of land. If we can wake up to a colorful flower bed and a weed-free green lawn every day, we will definitely have a joyful day.
Let us begin with a better maintained lawn and public areas, ensuring that the grass is being taken care of well before it reaches 6 inches tall. Conversations with neighbours have allowed me to learn about great ways to maintain our home, and many experienced residents have agreed to share their knowledge and secrets with the community.
Installing synchronized smart traffic lights to reduce travel time by a minimum of 10%
While most of us enjoy the continuous growth in Markham, we also want to get home, to school, or to work faster. With synchronized smart traffic lights, we should be able to shorten our travel time by at least 10% (from my own experience).
With less time spent on the road, we can have more quality time to rest, spend time with our family, and improve our performance at work. 10% may not sound like much at first, but it is a great start for us to lower our stress level and create a safer driving environment.
Implementing better speed controls in residential areas to protect our children
One factor that contributes to a safer neighbourhood is increasing the coordination between drivers and pedestrians. We believe our families should be able to get to our parks, playgrounds, schools, and other surroundings safely, without worrying about the risk of being harmed.
We know most drivers drive responsibly and respect other people on the roads, but we have also seen individuals speeding through school zones and playground areas. To protect our families, various measures must be implemented in the short term; be they speed indicators, speed poles, or other options, we will work together to choose the best controls for our neighbourhood.
Increasing parking options for residents and business owners
Whether it is for a Christmas party or customer visit, parking spaces are needed. While the city is working very hard to bring more and better public transportation to Markham, we may need more parking options before our great bus terminal and other transportation hubs are fully constructed.
In the short term, let us investigate public parking spaces, parking permits, time limit extensions, and other alternatives together. In the long term, we should develop a well-constructed plan so that new residents can enjoy our community as much as we do today.
Organizing career advancement seminars and workshops
Having opportunities to learn new skills and develop a better understanding of our current economy allows us to have better career choices and explore ways to achieve our dreams and career goals.
By having experts in different fields provide their insights on financial trends, job markets, and skill development opportunities, youths as well as experienced professionals may learn new ideas that can benefit their careers.
Accrediting local businesses and entrepreneurs to employ applicable resources to benefit residents
To attract new investment or to nurture more local business, we should ensure a proper environment is established. With more than half of the city’s employment being created by small-medium enterprises, and great investment in information and communications technology and the professional and financial industries as well as cultural services, Markham continues to provide opportunities for businesses and residents.
Being one of the most diverse cities in Canada, we should continue to utilize the strengths of our multilingual population and programs that connect businesses and cultures. While our transportation system is improving, we should also investigate ways we can balance our land use.
Cultivating quality jobs to empower future generations and ensure success within our neighbourhood
With more young families moving into the neighbourhood and York University building an additional campus in Markham, we have been and are in the process of nurturing great talents in our community. Working and living in close proximity provides a better work-life balance, which in return will benefit families and the community as a whole.
To ensure our future generations can find quality jobs in the community, we must ensure our youths are equipped with the most appropriate knowledge and that our business environment is attractive to investors and local entrepreneurs. We should continue to encourage innovation, explore ways to build a complete community, and sustain our brand as the high-tech capital of the country.