Parks Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon (yellow jacket) with his Vancouver Chinese-Canadian campaign team volunteers James, Ren, Todd, Julie and Raphael. – photo Todd Wong collection.
On Friday Dec 6th, he held a thank you dinner for his trusted and dedicated volunteers and campaign team at Spicy Court Restaurant at Cambie and 41st Ave. in Vancouver. This was also the 2002 site for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in the middle of a snow storm.
The food was great, the company was greater. Stuart recognized the contributions of each volunteer and what it personally meant to him. We are proud that Stuart was elected as a Vancouver Parks Commissioner with the highest number ever for a Vancouver civic Green Party candidate.
We know he will represent the values of the Green Party and hold the Vision Vancouver Parks board majority accountable for environmental issues, as well as working together with his fellow progressive Vision Vancouver and COPE commissioners.
Some of Stuart Mackinnon's dedicated campaign volunteers -(sitting) Rowan, Andy, Stuart, Ren, James (standing) Todd, Mac, Julie and Raphael – photo Todd Wong Collection
Did we say that the food was good? Lobster with cream sauce and noodles. Yum Yum…. Also on the menu were Peking Duck, and Lettuce wrap. Stuart really knows how to please his Chinese constituency! Hey! Did you know that Stuart spent time in China teaching English? And last year he led a delegation of Metro Vancouver teachers on a trip to the People's Republic of China where he gave a talk about Norman Bethune. Heck… sometimes I swear that Stuart Mackinnon knows more about Chinese culture than I do! And maybe he might concede that I know more about Scottish culture than he does…. hee hee hee….
It has been a wonderful journey becoming friends with Stuart Mackinnon. If there is one word to describe him, it is honourable. He is dedicated to the community, and also to his dog Kikujiro. We know that Stuart will serve the citizens of Vancouver well as Parks commisioner.
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