Well-known Calgary commercial and residential Realtor Grace Yan is throwing her hat into the ring to become the city’s next Mayor in the October municipal election, Retail Insider has learned.
“It is my belief that public service is a responsibility that we all share and we should all be willing to contribute our time and best effort toward the well-being of the community in which we live, work, and play,” said Yan, who will officially launch her campaign in the coming days.
“Muhammad Ali said it well, ‘Service to others is the rent you pay on earth’.
Having lived in the City of Calgary for over 40 years, and having worked in the business sector for 20-plus years, I am aware of the needs of the community, the resources available and am aware of the public concerns that face our city.
“My service to our community began 20 years ago sitting on various boards, having achieved the Distinctive Women of Canada, Women of Inspiration — Inspire Award and Mount Royal Alumni Achievement Award Nominee. My commitment is to serve the citizens of our great city and contribute to its growth and prosperity; I will support public safety, encourage the continued improvements of city infrastructure, support marketing efforts of arts and entertainment, and encourage new economic development while supporting our local business.”
Yan said she wants to work on improving communication between the city administration and the citizens of Calgary.
“With respect, grace, and humility I pledge to help the citizens of Calgary by promising to work wherever and whenever possible to keep Calgary the best city to live, work, learn, and play. I have traveled the globe and from all of this, I have developed an image of Calgary as fulfilling a noble and resilient role as the defender of freedom and growth in a challenging time — and of the people of Calgary as confident, courageous, and persevering. It is with this image that I begin my campaign,” said Yan.
She has launched her website at GraceYanforMayor.com.
Yan was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Calgary in 1980. She is a successful commercial broker at Coldwell Banker MC Commercial. She also has 20 years of Paralegal experience and is a former President of the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals. She is a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in and for the Province of Alberta. Grace has been Board of Directors for many organizations including past NAFTA Alberta Director for Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.
Yan is a trained A.F.L.C.A. fitness instructor and is an accomplished pianist under the former direction of Dr. M. Munn in the Royal Conservatory of Music at Mount Royal University. She is an accomplished artist specializing in abstract expressionism and has been commissioned by various private collectors with works displayed in several law firms in Calgary including a major international law firm. Yan prides herself as being a philanthropist donating to many charitable organizations including B+ Foundation.
Yan has won many different awards during her career including Distinctive Women of Canada 2016 and 2017, Women of Inspiration — Inspire Award, Miss Jetset International 2016 and 2017, and Mount Royal University Alumni Achievement Nominee.
“I support Grace Yan in her Mayor for Calgary candidacy because she is a true leader and is mindful of today’s economic challenges. She has shown upstanding citizenship and involvement in supporting the community and supporting businesses and the growth of the economy,” said Kent Leong, Owner Melrose Café / Infinite Restaurant Group.
“Calgary needs a new approach from our Mayor. Our city needs to attract more business and keep our business and property taxes lower. Grace Yan is a business minded professional who supports our community. Grace understands Calgarians and she has a plan to deal with all the issues ranging from road safety to the unacceptable 30 percent downtown vacancy,” said Coldwell Banker Mountain Central Owner, Rob Vanovermeire.
Yan said various groups and business owners have approached her, telling her that Calgary needs new leadership at city hall and asked if she would step up to the plate and run for Calgary’s top political job.
“I’m here for the people and by the people,” she said.
“My biggest accomplishment has been the ability to have the opportunity with my skills and my background to really help with leadership, business development for the city, and actually create a whole new Calgary. If we were going to rebuild a Calgary, that’s taking from the old. The old clearly is not working. So we need to create a new Calgary and create a Council that will work together, not against each other, so that we all achieve success.”
Yan said many citizens believe the state of the economy is the key issue facing the city these days.
Yan believes Calgary needs to attract international recognition and that is an essential part of the new Calgary.