Is Ellen Woodsworth going to become Jen Sung's political mentor?
Most Vancouver residents probably recognize the woman on the right as former COPE councillor Ellen Woodsworth.
The photo was taken by Straight copy chief Amanda Growe at today's Dyke March on Commercial Drive.
Earlier this week, I accompanied Sung, the youth outreach coordinator for the Out on Screen Film Society, to the Straight's photo shoot. That same day, she was on a panel with Woodsworth at Vancouver City Hall to launch Pride Week.
At the time, I wondered if Sung might one day run for political office.
That's because she's extremely bright, poised, and articulate. She also speaks fluent Mandarin, having moved to the Lower Mainland from Taiwan at the age of seven.
As our city's Mandarin-speaking population keeps growing, parties will be seeking candidates who can converse with them.
After narrowly losing the last election, Woodsworth has more time on her hands to mentor the next generation of politicians. If she decides to share her wisdom with Sung, perhaps my initial hunch will one day come true.
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