Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung seeks seat on exclusive Vancouver Club board of directors

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      As a member of Vancouver city council, Sarah Kirby-Yung has a very busy schedule.

      In addition to attending regular council meetings, she's the council liaison on the public art committee, the racial and ethno-cultural equity advisory committee, and the Gastown Historic Area planning committee.

      Kirby-Yung is also vice chair of the standing committee on policy and strategic priorities, as well as the auditor general committee.

      Added on to that are her positions as a director of EasyPark and member of the Vancouver Art Gallery board, Metro Vancouver industrial lands strategy task force, and Metro Vancouver planning committee.

      But now, Kirby-Yung wants to add another responsibility.

      She's running for the board of directors of the swanky Vancouver Club.

      According to the candidate summaries, Kirby-Yung has been a member since 2005.

      She hopes to be "bringing her energy to helping maintain and build on the Club's rich legacy and traditions, while modernizing events and services to ensure a facility that is welcoming, enjoyable, and sustainable".

      The Vancouver Club home page reflects management's view that members and guests adopt "a tasteful, well-presented and on-brand approach to attire when visiting the Club".
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      Kirby-Yung is one of eight candidates seeking a position on the board of the member-owned nonprofit organization. She's the only one who's an elected government official. 

      Four other women are seeking positions in the upcoming election to the board: Shelley-Mae Mitchell, Marlie Oden, Briar Sexton, and Kristine Simpson. The other three candidates are Tim Brown, Matthew Burns, and Matthew Swanson.

      For many years, women were not allowed to become members of the Vancouver Club, which was founded in 1889. That changed in 1994 and the club has evolved significantly since then.

      Earlier this year, Kirby-Yung joined ABC Vancouver, which plans on running its first slate of candidates in the upcoming October city election.