Consult Chinese residents before slamming MLA Mable Elmore
Gabby Kalaw claimed that many ethnic groups, including the Chinese in Vancouver-Kensington, feel left out by MLA Mable Elmore [“ Filipino heritage at the polls”, October 25–November 1]. Kalaw didn’t provide any evidence in the article to support his allegation, and I doubt if he is able to do so.
From working with Elmore in her community office—first as a practicum student and then as a volunteer—I have confidence to say she is a warm-hearted elected official who cares about everyone in her constituency. When I was learning casework there, she told me that each individual who approached her for help was equally important. She even let me shadow her interviews with them to show me how to better serve constituents in person.
The volunteers and participants at her community events were always a mix of cultural backgrounds. Many of them, including me, are new immigrants from China.
Service in Mandarin and Cantonese has become routine in Elmore’s office and has earned her a very good reputation in the Chinese community.
> Jenny Shen / Vancouver