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Newly inaugurated Vancouver Park Board elects Chair and Vice Chair

December 2 2014

Park Board Chair John Coupar says his priorities include improving park maintenance and focusing on horticultural excellence in our parks and gardens.

Park Board Commissioners 2014-2018

Vancouver Park Board Commissioner John Coupar was elected Chair at the December 1 inaugural Board meeting. Commissioner Coupar was officially sworn into office along with his six elected colleagues who comprise the 2014-2018 Park Board.

Chair John Coupar's priorities

Coupar, who was inaugurated at VanDusen Botanical Garden, says his priorities include:

  • Re-establishing the independence of the Park Board
  • Restoring and rebuilding relationships with community centre associations
  • Fast-tracking construction of the Killarney seniors’ centre

Other goals include:

  • Improving park maintenance and focusing on horticultural excellence in our parks and gardens
  • Increasing the number of outdoor pools and access to aquatic activities
  • Moving some meetings out into the community and fast-tracking live streaming of Park Board meetings to increase transparency and public access to our meetings

This is Coupar’s second term. His commitment to serving Vancouver and its parks and recreation system springs from spending time with his father—Charles Coupar, a renowned horticulturalist who served the Park Board for 42 years. Charles Coupar was also the first director of Bloedel Conservatory, which John helped save from closure.

Coupar was a founding director of the Friends of the Bloedel Association and a past governor of VanDusen Botanical Garden. He spent his working career in senior management positions in a number of Canadian corporations.

Vice Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung

Sarah Kirby-Yung was elected Vice Chair. This is her first term with the Park Board. Kirby-Yung is a tourism industry veteran and marketing executive who has held senior roles with Coast Hotels, Tourism Vancouver, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

As commissioner, Sarah says she will work to be a strong voice for:

  • Creative uses of public space
  • Community centre renewal
  • Restoring strong relationships with community centres
  • Meaningful public consultation


The other commissioners on the Park Board are:

  • Casey Crawford
  • Catherine Evans
  • Stuart Mackinnon
  • Erin Shum
  • Michael Wiebe

All are new except Mackinnon, who served from 2008-2011.

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