Dear <<First Name>>,

I posted recently that outside my office this week, someone was shouting xenophobic comments about how Asian women didn’t belong in government. I am grateful for the community support our office received but I want to denounce this kind of racism and harassment and let everyone who experiences this that you're not alone. Asian women do belong in government and in all places where decisions are made. It’s called representation. We must all stand up and speak out against racism, in all its forms. Hate has no place in BC. Stop Asian hate now.

For those who experience racism, please know that this is not your burden to bear alone. If you experience a hate incident or hate crime, you can report it at If you need support, you can access VictimLinkBC, which is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. 24/7. You can call or text 1-800-563-0808, or send an email to

I truly believe that if we work together we can stop all forms of hate, racism and discrimination, and create a more inclusive world for everyone.

Youth Employment Program

I'm beyond thrilled to share that we've launched a new $45 million youth employment program! Young people have faced incredible challenges this past year as the pandemic has drastically impacted the job market.  

This new program will create jobs and provide opportunities for more than 5,000 young people in the in the growing tech sector, environment and natural resource fields. MLA Brittny Anderson was appointed as Special Advisor on Youth to the Premier which will provide a platform for young people to engage directly with the provincial government. Providing training and opportunities for young people and a voice in government as we recover from the pandemic is part of our plan to build an inclusive and sustainable pandemic recovery!

Learn more:
Residential School Demolition

I'm really grateful to share that a building that used to be a residential school in the remote British Columbia community of Lower Post will be demolished and replaced by a cultural centre. The Daylu Dene Council had no other option than to use a former residential school as an administrative building, meaning community members had to enter this site of past atrocities for work, and to access the post office and employment centre.

We are partnering with the federal government and the Daylua Dena Council to demolish a former residential school and build a cultural centre, something Indigenous leaders have been advocating for years. Tearing down the former residential school to build a community centre is an important step towards healing and profound symbol of reconciliation.

You can find more information here:
Circuit Breaker Relief Grant

I know that the recent change in public health orders is having a direct impact on people and their livelihoods in our community. That's why I wanted to let you all know that last week, our government unveiled the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant. Affected businesses, including restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms, and fitness centres can receive up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses, as well as unexpected costs that resulted from the restrictions. 

Applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant are now open, and we encourage all eligible businesses to apply at

I'm here for you

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. For constituency-related questions, you can reach me at (604) 775-0565 or For all inquiries about my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, please email


Anne Kang, MLA
Burnaby-Deer Lake
The Burnaby Board of Trade is pleased to be a partner in "Talent Forward" a special collaboration to connect business with post-secondary talent. Bringing a post-secondary student into your organization can help you innovate, save costs, and increase capacity while building a stronger, skilled workforce for the future.
Join us for an informative digital event on Accessing Talent to Support Your Business which will provide attendees with key information and tips on recruiting, hiring, and engaging local student talent.
Event Details
Date: Thursday, April 29
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Online
Cost: Free and Open to All Businesses
Registration: Click here to sign-up, or e-mail us, or call 604-412-0100.

CTS (Catching the Spirit Youth Society) Youth Camps

Day Camps:

  • Purpose: To encourage youth to explore the outdoors and get connected with nature, each other, and themselves. Youth are encouraged to have fun, become better leaders, learn new outdoor skills and learn more about themselves.
  • Who This is For: Day camps are for youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a passion for nature, who want to meet new people, and who want to develop their leadership skills.
  • What Participants Will Do: Participants will hike, do community gardening, mural painting, invasive species pulls, eco walks, field trips, camp games, and so much more. Please view this link for the 2021 sample itinerary (please note that this itinerary is just an example, not a set plan):
  • Location: The home base of CTS is at Picken House (6825 Cariboo Rd. Burnaby BC). Most day camps start at Picken House, but there are also four camp locations: Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Tynehead Regional Park and Capilano Regional Park.
Registration Link:

Spirit Steward Program: 

This is a FREE 3-day overnight camping experience for youth. These camps run every weekend during the summer months. In these camps, youth will develop important camping skills such as tent building, knot-tying, and cooking. In addition, participants will participate each weekend on a Stewardship Projects organized with the Partner organizations of CTS. These projects are great opportunities to give back to the community and learn about the environment that surrounds us.
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Spirit Steward Program is to connect youth with our land, each other, and themselves. One of the main goals of these camps is for youth to have fun while developing their leadership skills and personal growth.
  • Who These Camps Are For: These camps are for youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a passion for nature, who want to meet new people, and who want to work on their leadership skills.
Registration Link:

Junior Youth Program (Ongoing)

Closest location: 3823 Henning Dr, Burnaby, BC V5C 6P3


  • Weekly meetings for 1-2 hours
  • Group size: 10-15 members junior youth ➔ lead by animators (facilitators of junior groups). Facilitators are called animators because they add joy and fun to group activities.  
  • Groups meet in a common space (e.g., community centre or library)
  • In Junior Youth, participants read a variety of stories to develop various valuable skills, such as powers of expression, critical thinking skills, and comprehension skills.
  • The stories are intended to help junior youth make positive decisions through exploring concepts like kindness, justice, and honesty.
  • Other activities, such as arts, drama, and sports are also included in the program.
Age range for program participants: 11-14 years

Registering for the program: to register for the program, one must contact one of the following according to the closest location:


Vancouver Island

Surrey-Delta-White Rock


North Shore

Organization’s Website:

Youth Mentor (Ongoing)

The junior youth program trains teens and young adults (15-18) to mentor younger peers aged 11-14. The program helps 11-14 olds develop their language abilities, helps them excel in school, and encourages them to make positive changes in their communities. Youth mentors will create joyful environments and will guide the mentees using the curriculum designed by the program. This will be done through stories with meaningful themes, activities, arts, drama, and community service projects. This is a great opportunity for teens aged 15-18 who want to be involved in their communities. Each week, mentors will meet with their mentees for 2 hours. In these meetings, the mentors and mentees will go through lessons and activities, and build friendships. 

How to Apply: Please fill out this form

Additional details:

  • Organization: Edmonds Youth  
  • Organization’s Contact Information: 
  • Work Location: Edmonds Neighbourhood Burnaby, BC
  • Type of Work: Virtual (through Zoom)
  • Time Commitment: 4 hours per week
  • Time of Day: daytime, evening, weekdays
  • Number of Volunteers Required: 10 
  • Position Start/End Date: April 1st 2021
  • Age: 15-18

Volunteer Burnaby Virtual Series Volunteers

Type of Work: Virtual

Position Start/End Date: Feb 3 2021 - May 1 2021

Organization: Volunteer Burnaby

Organization Contact Information: 

Who the Position is Suitable For: 13-18, student, adult, senior, all ages, families, groups, English as a second language (ESL), people with disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities

Work Location: Burnaby, BC

Time Commitment: 1 hour total

Position Type: Project

Position Description: The Volunteer Burnaby Virtual Series is a virtual community consisting of tutorials, webinars, and performances created by volunteers uploaded to the Volunteer Burnaby YouTube channel. To provide entertainment and create a sense of connection during these isolating times, the Volunteer Burnaby Virtual Series was created. This project aims to give volunteers the opportunity to be involved in their community and showcase their skills and talents. Volunteer Burnaby is looking for volunteers to participate in the Series. Volunteers are asked to embrace creativity when filming their videos. Multiple videos may be recorded. All videos must be under 15 minutes long and friendly for all ages.

Deliverables/Duties of Volunteer: 

  • Fill out an online application form before filming the vide0
  • Record volunteer hours
  • After completing the video, send it to Volunteer Burnaby by email or share it on GoogleDrive


  • Must be at least 14 years old. Those under 16 must have parental consent.
  • Must have access to computer

How to Apply: Please fill out this form

Volunteer Website:

Online Family Storytime

April 1-29
Time: Tues & Thurs 5:30pm-6:00pm

Storytime is interactive, with songs and easy art activities! Registration via Zoom. Visit our website to learn more!

Deer Lake Gallery — Gallery Attendant:

  • Organization: Burnaby Arts Council
  • Organization’s Contact Information: Bettina Socal,
  • Work Location: Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 3T7
  • Type of Work: In person
  • Time Commitment: 8 hours per month
  • Time of Day: Daytime, weekdays, weekend
  • Age: People aged 15+, student, adult, senior, anyone with intellectual disabilities 
  • Number of Volunteers Required: 3
  • Position Type: Ongoing
  • Position Start/End Date: February 23 2021
  • Description: The Burnaby Arts Council is a non-profit organization operating in the Deer Lake Gallery, dedicated to the visual, literary, and performing arts. The Gallery features visual art exhibitions from a variety of artists, including local, emerging, and established artists. The Gallery is also a hub for the creative people of Burnaby by hosting talks, workshops, and making connections with people. 
  • Duties of the Gallery Attendant: 

-Ensure that the gallery is presentable; open/close the Gallery on Saturdays 

-Greet visitors with a friendly attitude, encourage visitors to sign the guest book; be an exemplary face for the gallery

-Follow COVID-19 protocols (wearing a mask inside the gallery, inform visitors of the protocols and control the flow of visitors inside the gallery, sanitize surfaces

-Tell visitors about upcoming events, answer questions the visitors have about the Gallery and current exhibits 

-Make occasional sale/membership purchase

-Perform tasks around the gallery during down time

  • Qualifications for this Position:

-Good communication skills in English (knowledge of other languages is also beneficial)

-Able to deal with a wide range of people; good interpersonal skills

-Ability to work independently and collaboratively in the team

-Punctual, open minded, presentable experience

-Eagerness to learn about current exhibits and artists, and share your knowledge with visitors

-Available between 12 - 4 pm, Tuesdays - Sunday, 2 - 3 times a month

  • Volunteer Benefits:

-Valuable contribution to/engagement with the Burnaby Arts Community

-Gain experience in working in an art gallery setting, and making connections with others

-Receive a reference letter after 30 hours

Teen Group Chat:

The Teen Group Chat is a program for youth who want to meet other members of the youth community, and practice English speaking skills. In the Chat, participants will play games,  and discuss interesting topics in an amicable group setting. This program welcomes all English language learners.

Date: April 20, Saturday
Time: 3 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Format: Virtual (Zoom)
Registration: None
Age: All teens
How to Join: Email  for the Zoom link. A computer/device with internet connection and audio will be needed.
Organizer: (email for inquiries)

Letters to the MLA from our youth

Have thoughts you would like to share with the MLA? We'd love to hear them! We welcome submissions from all youth of Burnaby-Deer Lake. Email us at with your letter to the MLA.

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