Erin Shum was elected in 2014 to the Vancouver Park Board, where she previously served as Vice Chair. She is the first Chinese woman elected to the Park Board in more than 125 years and one of few Vancouver elected officials at any level who speaks fluent Cantonese.
Born and raised in East Vancouver to an immigrant family, Erin studied at Nootka Elementary and Gladstone Secondary Mini School before completing a B.Sc. in Forest Genetics at UBC. She has worked as a special education assistant and behavioural interventionist with the Burnaby School District (CUPE 379) over the last decade, specializing in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She served two terms on the board for the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver.
As a small business owner and operator, Erin in 2009 founded an award-winning organic spa in Kerrisdale. She has also been a board member of the Kerrisdale Business Association for five years, helping to support local small business and bring a sense of community and cultural integration to the area.
Committed to supporting the next generation of business leaders, Erin has had the opportunity to share her experience as a mentor through Young Women in Business at UBC. She has also volunteered with the Lotus Light Charity Society, helping to raise funds and daily necessities for the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Recognized for her leadership efforts in the city, Erin was featured in The Georgia Straight’s 2016 list of “Millennials making a difference,” and has received the Outstanding Young Leaders – Medal of Merit Award from Sing Tao Daily and the New Century Lions Club. Recently adding the title of mother to her resume, Erin lives with her newborn daughter Abigail and husband Gavin in Vancouver.