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Aaron Leung

I am a sustainability advocate

About Me

Overview

Youth Facilitator

I am passionate about creating genuine opportunities for youth engagement that goes beyond tokenism. Through my work, I try to create spaces for youth to be heard and empower them to have their ideas translated into real world action.

Advocate

It is a privilege to work in this community of local, young changemakers. I care deeply about robust climate policies at local to global levels, a strong, well-funded public education system, and better access to mental health services for youth. To me, being a good advocate involves not only using my privilege to advocate on behalf of others, but to also open spaces for others to advocate for issues that they care about. It is up to all of us to help amplify the work of others and to open doors.

How I Work

Ideate

Collaborate

Delegate

Review & Revise

Celebrate Others

Repeat

Resume

Work Experience

March 2016 to Present

Youth Leadership Facilitator

Metro Vancouver Youth4Action
  • Developed a sustainability leadership camp for students in Grades 10-12
  • Responsible for camp logistics and mentoring students
  • Coordinated and delivered a Community Partners Day and managed multiple stakeholders

Volunteer Leadership Experience

April 2015 to Present

Chair (March 2016), Vice-Chair (April 2015-March 2016) and Member

City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee
  • Advise City Council, Parks and Recreation, and School Board on matters that impact children, youth and families
  • Responsible for Committee Agendas, coordination with City Staff and elected officials, and overseeing Committee Projects
  • Directed a public education advocacy project and met with Vancouver MLAs along with current students to discuss issues facing children in the public education system

January 2017 to Present

Wisdom Circle Advisor

Be the Change Earth Alliance
  • Advise the organization on changes to their environmental sustainability curriculum
  • Identify areas of potential partnership and emerging opportunities for new topics
  • Examine draft programming through the lens of youth engagement and participation

January 2016 to Present

Director and Co-Founder

City Hub Initiative
  • Created a co-working space for youth to support initiatives led by young change-makers

April 2013 to June 2015

Co-Founder (2013), Conference Chair (2014), Advisor (2015)

Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference
  • Co-wrote the proposal for the initial conference
  • Formalized conference framework with Planning Committee
  • Coordinated 20+ delegations with schools and Youth Head Delegates
  • Assisted with the registration of 200+ people
  • Oversaw the development of a district-wide conference for over 200 attendees that included students, teachers and district staff
  • Managed Planning Committee of 10 people performing a variety of tasks

Education

September 2015 to Present

Bachelor of Environment (BEnv), Global Environmental Systems Candidate

Simon Fraser University
  • Interdisciplinary program consisting of both physical and human geography classes, resource and environmental management
  • Covers topics related to biophysical systems, socio-economic systems, and data acquisition, analysis, and modeling

January 2017 to Present

Minor in Political Science

Simon Fraser University
  • Completed Introduction to Public Policy (POL 253, A+), Introduction to Canadian Public Administration (POL 251, A-), Science, Policy, and Innovation (POL 150, A-) and Intro to Politics and Government (POL 101W, A)
  • Interests include Urban Policy, Local Democracy and Governance, and Youth Engagement in Policy Formulation and Decision-Making

January 2017 to Present

Urban Studies Certificate

Simon Fraser University
  • Completed Intro to Urban Geography (GEOG 261, A)
  • Currently enrolled in Local Democracy and Governance (POL 252) and Geography of Urban Built Environments (GEOG 362W) – as of January 2017
  • Interests include Urban Policy, Stakeholder Engagement and Youth Participation in Planning

January 2017 to Present

Spatial Information Systems Certificate

Simon Fraser University
  • Completed Geographic Information Systems I (GEOG 255, A), Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 253, A+), Quantitative Geography (GEOG 251, B+), Multimedia Cartography (GEOG 351, A+), and Spatial Analysis (GEOG 352, A)
  • Proficient in ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and basic remote sensing skills using Terrset

September 2010 to June 2015

High School Diploma

Killarney Secondary
  • Developed and completed multiple Independent Directed Studies classes on Sustainability (Grade 10) and Human Geography (Grade 12)
  • Heavily involved in all aspects of school community (Band, Environment Club, Student Government, Music Executive)

Awards

 

2015 Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist | The Starfish Canada        

 

2016 Top 30 Under 30 Environmentalist | Corporate Knights            

Scholarships

SFU Dean’s Excellence Scholarship 

 

James Edmonds Memorial Scholarship                  

 

Aric Hayes Memorial Scholarship 

 

MLA Suzanne Anton QC Scholarship  

 

District Scholarship- Independent Studies

 

Killarney Band- Leadership and Community Building Award 

 

Killarney Environment Club Scholarship  

 

Software

Word

PowerPoint

Excel

WordPress

GIS

ArcGIS

ArcGIS Online

Terrset/IDRISI

 

Portfolio

Letter to the VSB regarding Public Education Advocacy and Seismic Upgrades

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee writes to the VSB regarding Public Education Advocacy.

“Patti Bacchus: Listen to the kids, VSB – they’re all right” – The Georgia Straight, November 30, 2017

Patti Bacchus, Education Columnist for the Georgia Straight, comments on the public education advocacy work of the City of Vancouver, Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee.

2018 Budget Submission for the Select Standing Committee for Finance and Government Services

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee wrote a submission to the Provincial Government's Select Standing Committee for Finance and Government Services for its 2018 Budget Consultation.

Letter to the Minister of Education regarding a By-Election for the Vancouver School Board

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee wrote to the Minister of Education to express its support for a by-election for the Vancouver School Board.

Vancouver Coastal Health Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy

I participated in the consultations and Steering Committee for the VCH Child and Youth Mental Health Strategy. I advocated for more services in local schools and streamlining the intake process.

Opposing the Sale of Vancouver Public Schools and VSB Land

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee opposes the sale of public VSB lands including Kingsgate Mall.

Supporting a Democratically-Elected School Board

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee advocated for the restoration of democratic governance at the Vancouver School Board.

Response to the Peter Milburn Forensic Audit

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee responded to the Peter Milburn Forensic Audit.

Supporting the Indefinite Suspension of School Closures

In November 2016, the City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee supported the Vancouver Board of Education's decision to suspend the school closure processes after the Province removed the 95% utilization ratio for schools to receive seismic upgrades.

2016 Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability- Corporate Knights

In 2016, I placed on the list of Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability published by Corporate Knights, a quarterly "magazine for clean capitalism".

Letter to the Provincial Government regarding the VSB Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)

The City of Vancouver Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee wrote to all Vancouver MLAs and the Minister of Education to express our concerns regarding the Vancouver School Board's Long Range Facilities Plan.

2015 Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists – The Starfish Canada

In 2015, I placed on The Starfish Canada's list of Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists in Canada for my work in environmental education and youth leadership.

2014 City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence – The Vancouver Sun

I received the City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Greenest City Leadership in 2014. The Vancouver Sun published an article the following day highlighting the work of all recipients.

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aaronchrisleung[at]gmail.com

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