Councillor Chak Kwong Au
Professionally trained as a family therapist, Chak was an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before moving to Canada in 1988. He is currently the Program Leader of the Mental Health Promotion and Counseling Team of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in Richmond.
As a strong advocate of multiculturalism and racial harmony, he assisted and co-founded a number of local organizations, including the Chinese Mental Wellness Association of Canada, Richmond GreenSpace Society, Interfaith for World Peace Society and the Canadian International Education Assistance Foundation.
He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee, Richmond Child Care Advisory Committee, Richmond Sister City Committee, Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, and Richmond Poverty Response Task Force.
He was elected a School Trustee from 1999 to 2011 and served twice as the Vice-Chairperson of the Richmond Board of Education.
In 2006, he was recognized by Vancouver Sun as one of The Hundred Most Influential Chinese-Canadian in BC and received the provincial award of Stand Up and Stand Out for Children and Youth in 2007.
Through his nominations, Richmond City received the Eco-safety Demonstrative City Award and Richmond School District received the Excellence in Environmental Education Award at the First World Eco-safety Assembly (WESA) in December 2010.
He was elected as a Councillor in Richmond in November 2011. He believes in honest government, transparent decision making, open consultation and citizen engagement, and is committed to bring the community closer together by building consensus and ensuring that everyone’s view is heard even though this may take greater effort.
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