Dear <<First Name>>,

Wednesday, March 31st was the International Transgender Day of Visibility. It's a day to recognize the need for more visibility and support to make sure that transgender and non-binary folks feel safe and supported! Transgender Day of Visibility was founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist and the Executive Director of Transgender Michigan. It was started as a day of awareness to celebrate the successes of transgender and gender-nonconforming people and is an important day for the LGBTQ community.

Despite the progress we’ve made over the years, we still have much more work to do. We need more transgender representation in the media, sports and politics. You can be an ally to the transgender community by seeking out stories and media by transgender creators and educating yourself through the many resources available online!

Here is a helpful guide to being a good ally, created by the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Wishing you a happy Good Friday and Easter Long Weekend!

Graduate Scholarships

I am so proud to announce the extension of the BC Graduate Scholarships! We are offering 250 more scholarships for grad students. The BC Graduate Scholarships are merit based with a focus on students in research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Other disciplines including professional programs such as business administration and health, are also eligible. These scholarships will enable British Columbia institutions to attract the best and brightest graduate students and increase their ability to compete for students, who are leaders in their field. The scholarships will be administered by the post-secondary institutions.

The scholarships build on a fundamental shift toward affordability and opening doors to post-secondary education in B.C. Since government eliminated interest on student loans in 2019, graduates throughout the province have saved approximately $40 million in interest payments alone.

The new BC Access Grant provides low- and middle-income students with up to $4,000 a year for full- and part-time studies, nearly doubling the number supported by previous grant programs to more than 40,000 students annually. This program means students moving into graduate studies will have less debt than previous generations. This builds on the minister's mandate of increasing eligibility to reduce barriers and make sure more people are able to access the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

The ministry is providing $3.75 million to support scholarships for students in graduate degree programs at 10 public post-secondary institutions. The investment will support 250 awards with a minimum of $15,000 each over the next two years, demonstrating government's commitment to building a strong, innovative economy.

Post-secondary institutions receiving the funding include the University of Northern British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island University.

You can find more info here:

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Vaccine

The AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine is now available to people aged 55 to 65 years old at select Lower Mainland pharmacies. Call your local pharmacy to book an appointment with them; drop-in service may also be an option some locations. People must bring their personal health numberClick here for the list of more than 150 participating pharmacies.

Please be patient: call volumes may be high. You will not miss your chance to be vaccinated if you do not get through today. You will still be able to access the age-based vaccination program if you are unable to get an early AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine through a pharmacy.

Phone lines for age-based vaccination appointments are now open to those born in 1948 or earlier (73+) and Indigenous people born in 2003 or earlier (18+). The number to call for Vancouver Coastal Health is 1-877-587-5767. Information on the next round of eligible age groups is exepcted in the coming days.
HandyDART Modernization Program

TransLink has launched its HandyDART Modernization Program engagement, asking customers about changes to our paratransit service. They would appreciate your help spreading the word so that customers who might be affected can share their feedback.
From now until April 25, they'll exploring updates to the HandyDART customer experience from start to finish — how people register, how they book their trips, and how they pay for the service, including:
  • Bringing Compass to HandyDART in Fall 2021 for easier and more convenient payment options,
  • Potential Changes to Fares with discounts for eligible customers to better match the conventional transit system, and
  • Potential New Registration Process with a personalized consultation to help meet the needs of customers.
These are the most significant change to HandyDART service since it launched in 1980: they want to make improvements now to manage growth sustainably and improve service quality over the long term for this essential transit service.
We’ve reached out to current customers, medical professionals and disability service providers to ask for their input at a series of events over the next four weeks, and to complete our survey via

Indigenous Language Fluency Degree

I'm so excited to share that for the first time, students will be able to receive a new bachelor's degree of Nsyilxcn language fluency offered by UBC Okanagan (UBCO), in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) and the En'owkin Centre in Penticton.

This will be the first Bachelor's Degree of its kind in British Columbia. It will boost the number of fluent Nsyilxcn speakers at a time when Indigenous languages in B.C. are critically endangered. 

Indigenous communities expressed the need for a community-based, Indigenous language degree that creates fluent graduates. The graduates can then continue their learning and work in education, social services, culture, tourism and resource-management positions.

The degree is intended to sustain and revitalize Nsyilxcn language traditions, restore language competence and protect the knowledge of Indigenous communities.

You can find more information here:

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
SVIA and I proudly present SVIA Student Success Symposium!

Join us to have dialogues and story sharing about our educational journey through the lens of a student, parent, or teacher.  We will share personal stories on our journey of education. This roundtable discussion will allow us to share our successes and challenges we faced when we are transitioning from a student to the workforce. We hope that we could learn from each other's experiences.
This is the monthly joint event with Swahili Vision International Association (SVIA) and Anne Kang, MLA Burnaby - Deer Lake Constituency Office. It is hosted every 2nd Saturday at 2pm every month.
Sat, April 10th 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
Register at

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

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:

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!
Resources for Multilingual Families Workshop

Saturday, April 3
Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Are you a parent or caregiver raising a multilingual child? There are many resources at Burnaby Public Library that you can use to support your child’s first language and to help them learn about other cultures. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to find these resources and also share tips and practical information for raising multilingual children. This virtual Zoom workshop is presented by Andrea Lukic, Teen Services Librarian, in partnership with Literacy Now Burnaby.

Register online, at any BPL location, or call 604-436-5400 or visit website.
Burnaby Primary Networks DOCTALKS
Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Burnaby Primary Care Networks presents DOCTALKS, supporting developmental disabilities and preparing for medical visits with Dr. Amy Hung and Pamela Balog (posAbilities).
Learn about navigating resources and medical supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Hear from a Burnaby family physician.
Contact Manny Sahota if you have any questions
REGISTER for the webinar:
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.

No Submissions this week.

COVID-19 updates from the BC Centre for Disease Control
There is a total of 7,571 active cases in British Columbia as of April 2, 2021. A total of 91,732 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Fraser Health Authority, which includes the City of Burnaby, has a total of 58,158 confirmed cases, of which 3,625 are active.

As of today, there are more than 2,208,023 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 422,864 people per 1,000,000.

Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. is 788,249.

For more information, please visit 
BCCDC's website.
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