Meet Erin


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.

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Now more than ever, families need a voice at the Council table

Erin has devoted much of her life to improving the lives of others, including a decade working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and years dealing with seniors care issues for her grandparents. She understands the needs of everyday Vancouverites, and is committed to supporting our city’s families with greater access to child and seniors care. Already a proven advocate for these issues, her successes include working collaboratively to deliver on seniors centres in Killarney and Sunset, and spearheading a unanimous vote to train all Park Board employees about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Erin also stood up for young families and seniors on fixed incomes as the only Park Board Commissioner to consistently oppose raising user fees in the midst of Vancouver’s affordability crisis.





Working together to keep all Vancouverites safe

Working together to create a sense of safety for all residents is a key to building a city of complete communities that work for families. Collaborating across party lines, Erin will push for safer streets across the city by advocating for cleaner streets and facilities, with more frequent sweeping of drug paraphernalia, cigarettes, and garbage, much-needed improvements to sidewalks and streets, quicker removal of snow, and greater safety for bike lanes that don’t disrupt the flow of traffic on major arterials. Everyone defines safe streets differently; Erin’s focus is on finding points of agreement and delivering meaningful results.





Where kids can play, businesses can flourish, and families can thrive

Every generation needs complete communities that have something for everybody -- that means child care, seniors care, safe streets, and fostering an environment where local small businesses can thrive and bring vibrancy to our neighbourhoods. As a driven small business owner and a dedicated community leader, Erin’s plan for complete communities includes: reducing parking rates and increasing parking time limits in certain areas, expediting permitting for commercial and residential building, renovations, and remodeling, providing more funding and autonomy to the Park Board to maintain, update and retrofit vital infrastructure, and better preparing our city for emergencies. Erin is dedicated to listening to everyday residents, and working with them to define what complete communities should mean in every different neighbourhood of Vancouver.





Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Erin Shum today announced her candidacy for City Council, emphasizing the need to move away from partisan disputes and focus on delivering results for Vancouverites.

Shum’s independent campaign will be centered on the importance of communities and themed around Building a Vancouver for Families. Her plan for complete communities includes a focus on child care, ensuring renewed attention to the needs of seniors, and the importance of safe streets.


Erin Shum’s candidacy receiveS a diverse range of SUPPORT

Read notes of support from well-respected elected officials and community leaders Elizabeth Ball (three-term City Councillor), Leslie Diamond O.B.C., Jay Jagpal (2014 Park Board candidate and former NPA Board member), Ainslie Kwan (Past President of the Killarney Community Centre Society), Henry Lee (President of the Renfrew Park Community Association), Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia O.B.C (Co-Founder of the Pacific Autism Family Network), Dale McClanaghan, (NPA Board member 1991 to 2005), Ram Nayyar (Canadian Olympic Coach), and Michael Wiebe (former Park Board Chair).


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